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GRHA Newsletter
Week of January 13, 2012

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Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. Join now!

FY 2012 GRHA Board of Directors


Sallie Barker

Immediate Past President

Nannette Turner

President Elect

Denise Kornegay

Vice President

Ann Addison


Sheila Freeman


Deidre Howell

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Laura Bland Gillman

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Rhett Partin

Caroline Holley Womack

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Matt Caseman 


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"This is Public Health"
Video Contest
Deadline to submit video is March 1, 2012

To learn more click here

The Auxiliary at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital is seeking applicants for scholarships given annually to

deserving students enrolled in a medical-related field of study.


Applications are due February 1, 2012.



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The Health Law Goes Graphic

Nearly two years after the passage of the federal health law, more than 40 percent of people say they know little or nothing about how the law will affect them, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest monthly health tracking poll, published in December.  That figure hasn't budged since April 2010, just after the law was signed.


Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, aims to change that with a book, "Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works," that explains the ins and outs of the law in an innovative way: an adult comic-strip form similar to graphic novels.


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January Observances

Cervical Health Awareness Month


National Glaucoma Awareness Month


Thyroid Awareness Month


National Birth Defects Prevention Month


National Radon Action Month

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          Georgia Rural Health Association


Rural Health Day at the Capitol


Thursday, February 16, 2012


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South Wing


8:00 am-12:00 pm


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2012 R.U.R.A.L. Legislative Agenda  


Georgia Rural Health Association Members can now go to our website and access the latest Legislative Reports and Bill Tracking Documents for the 2012 Session of the Georgia General Assembly. From the Advocacy Page, click on "2012 Legislative Tracking" and log in. For assistance please contact our office at 478-552-3620 or [email protected] 

Office of Planning and Budget  

This agency has primary responsibility for providing the Governor with the administrative support necessary for short and long term financial analysis and operating budget development, monitoring and fiscal control. Additional budget related services include policy development, planning and accountability. OPB also provides management services dealing with strategic planning and the integration of performance measures and information into the budget process. 


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The Georgia General Assembly will not take up legislation to create a health insurance exchange during this year's session, a key committee chairman said Thursday.


Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said the Republican legislative leadership and Gov. Nathan Deal have agreed not to push an insurance exchange bill. She spoke during a panel discussion sponsored by the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future.


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Deal's Priority: Keeping Doctors in Georgia


Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that his proposed budget would fund 400 new residency training slots in hospitals across the state for graduates of Georgia medical schools.


Georgia taxpayers currently fund these young physicians' education through medical school, ''only to see them perform their residency outside of our state and not return,'' Deal said in his State of the State address.


The new residency slots were among several health initiatives the Georgia governor outlined as priorities for 2012, his second year in office.


Fixing the doctor training gap is crucial for a state stuck in a physician shortage that shows no signs of easing.


Waiting game may cost Georgia control

If federal law is upheld, state risks losing chance to design own exchange 


Georgia legislators who oppose the federal health care law face a dilemma: Should they seize an opportunity to put their stamp on a state insurance marketplace prescribed by the law? Or, should they do nothing and hope the law is overturned by the courts?


With a presidential election and a Supreme Court decision on the law looming, many influential Georgians are arguing against preparing for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - at least for now.


"The whole thing, from top to bottom, could be repealed," said Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.




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Mark Your Calendar
CY2011 Uniform Data System (UDS) Traning
January 19, 2012
Double Tree by Hilton Atlanta Airport
The UDS training is a full day program covering the preparation of the 2011 UDS Report
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
2012 Policy Conference
Friday, January 20,2012
Loudermilk Conference Center
Community Health Center Day at the Capitol
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Georgia Rural Health Association
Rural Health Day at the Capitol
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Georgia State Capitol, South Wing
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth
2012 Annual Conference
March 14th-16 Ritz-Carlton, Reynold Plantation
Lake Oconee, GA
Hopitals and Communities Moving Forward with Patient-and Family- Centered Care
March 19- 22, 2012
Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care
Emory Conference Center Hotel
Atlanta, Ga


Society of Trauma Nurses

STN 15th Annual Conference
April 11-14, 2012
Going Coastal: Reset your Trauma Compass
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Savannah, GA


NRHA 2012 Policy Institute
Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2012

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