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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Connections 2020 Health Equity: Setting The Table is Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s signature event hosting/honoring grantees, partner organizations, and the critical work of Georgia’s health nonprofit organizations. We invite you to connect with your peers, constituents, and supporters as we collectively embark on a path toward greater health equity on March 30-31, 2020 at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead.

Connections 2020 will bring you thought leadership that transcends international, national, state, and local policies and programs. We invite you to hear the keynote addresses on health equity from Faith Mitchell, Urban Institute Fellow and former CEO of Grantmakers in Health; Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity; and Daniel Dawes, Morehouse School of Medicine.

With 22 concurrent sessions to attend, hear from your peers on the challenges and opportunities to create pathways to health equity in your community. The first day of the conference ends with the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award Reception and Ceremony honoring five individuals and one community collaborative whose unselfish efforts remind us why charity remains a pathway to greater health equity among underserved individuals and communities.

On behalf of Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff, we look forward to seeing you at Connections 2020.

Seema Csukas, MD, PhD
Board Chair

Gary D. Nelson, PhD

Quick Glance Program

Monday, March 30th
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Registration Opens
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Welcome Luncheon and Opening Keynote
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Networking Break
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM SESSION 1 (4 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Innovations in Addressing Food Insecurity for Children and Families
  • The Mental Health Academy: Activating Individuals to Improve Mental Well-Being
  • Building Healthy and Safe Communities Using Policy and Collaborative Approaches
  • The Centerpiece of Collaboration – Working with Neighbors Across the Street and Across the State
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Networking Break
4:00 PM – 5:20 PM SESSION 2 (4 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Using Health Literacy Tools to Address Health Equity
  • School-Based Health Programs: Addressing the Physical and Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents throughout the State of Georgia
  • Health Barriers to Learning – How and Where Do I Start?
  • Evaluation through an Equity Lens: Making it a Shared Value
5:20 PM – 5:30 PM Networking Break
5:30 PM – 5:50 PM QUICK TAKE SESSION 1 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • Someone Finally Asked Me: Preventing Youth Addiction through Conversation
  • School Cafeterias to Family Tables: Addressing Childhood Food Insecurity Inequities
  • An Intuitive Healthcare Datahub for Georgia
5:50 PM – 6:30 PM Networking Break
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Joseph D. Greene Community Service Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, March 31st
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome Breakfast and Keynote
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Networking Break
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM SESSION 3 (4 concurrent sessions)

  • Addressing the “Other” Diabetes Among Georgia Residents – Type 1 Diabetes
  • Preventing Women from Suffering in Silence: Tools and Strategies to Improve Maternal Mental Health
  • Georgians in the Driver’s Seat: Addressing Health Equity through Transportation
  • The Audacity of Building Capacity: Strengthening Organizational Capacity to Achieve Greater Impact
10:30 AM – 10:40 AM Networking Break
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM QUICK TAKE SESSION 2 (4 concurrent sessions)

  • Community Health Workers: Health Equity in Rural and Minority Communities
  • Community-Based Participatory Research in Clarkston, GA to Address Health Inequities Among Refugee Populations
  • Health Literacy Disparities and Consequences in Georgia
  • The Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities for Strengthening Rural Health Delivery Systems
11:00 AM – 11:10 AM Networking Break
11:10 AM – 12:10 PM SESSION 4 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • What’s Missing: Exploring and Responding to Gaps in Prenatal Education Across the State of Georgia
  • Suicide Prevention Using Self-Compassion: A Community-Based Approach
  • Holistic Advocacy: Addressing Georgia’s Most Vulnerable Populations through Science and Service
12:10 PM – 1:30 PM Closing Luncheon and Panel Discussion


Questions about our Connections conference? Contact:
Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Phone: 404.653.0990

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