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The Two Georgias Initiative coalition partners convened on August 4th, 2021 for their annual meeting.

Images from The Two Georgias Initiative 2021 annual meeting.

The Two Georgias Initiative

Whether it’s an aging population, a hospital closure, or the departure of a community’s only family doctor or dentist, as rural Georgians face increasing healthcare challenges, Healthcare Georgia Foundation believes that local ideas and new partnerships can demonstrate what is possible when communities come together to address these critical issues.

The goal of The Two Georgias Initiative is to foster healthcare innovation by supporting local coalitions seeking to address health disparities, improve health, and expand access to quality healthcare services in Georgia’s rural communities.

One’s health should not be determined by their place of residence or their zip code.

In June 2017, Healthcare Georgia Foundation awarded planning grants to 11 rural Community Health Coalitions seeking to improve healthcare access for residents in their communities.  The Foundation subsequently awarded the 11 coalitions $1,100,000 to implement their Community Health Improvement Plans.

Click on the image on the right to hear some of the Two Georgias community residents views on achieving health equity.

As the fruit of a multi-year effort with the Partnership for Southern Equity to educate and strengthen Georgia’s rural communities in health equity, the Health Equity Assessment Guide is designed to encourage communities to reflect on their own pathways and progress towards the pursuit of a fair and equitable Georgia.

Click on the image on the left to view the Health Equity Assessment Guide.

See more about the rural health coalitions and their work in the video below.

Each of the coalitions stands to benefit from more than half a million dollars in funding and technical resources through the Foundation’s Initiative. Those resources, highlighted below, support the coalitions and their work over the next several years.

For more information on The Two Georgias Initiative contact:
Lisa Medellin, Director of Programs
phone: 404.653.0990

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