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GRHA Newsletter
Week of February 17, 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

Caroline Holley Womack

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

  GRHA New Members



Veronda Ford
Aimee Green
Emily Henning
February issue of The Branch
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
"This is Public Health"
Video Contest
Deadline to submit video is March 1, 2012

To learn more click here

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February Observances

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month


Heart Month


International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month


National Children Dental Health Month  

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State Capitol 
Thank you to those who helped make Rural Health Day at the Capitol a great success!

FY 2013 Budget Analysis: Community Health

Georgia Budget & Policy Institute


The governor's budget recommendations for FY 2013 increase state General Funds to the Department of Community Health (DCH); however, the increase is misleading. The bulk of the new funding restores funding originally diverted from the DCH budget in FY 2011 and FY 2012.


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Hospice of Southwest Georgia Helps Patients Heal


  Article from "This Week at Archbold"

Taking solace in nature's simple beauty can be a vital link in the physical and emotional healing process. Fortunately, you don't need to climb a mountain to reap nature's emotional benefits.

Hospice of Southwest Georgia recently placed bird feeders in local personal care homes, assisted living facilities and
nursing homes as a way to bring comfort and normalcy to patients, family members and friends. 

"The birdfeeders bring joy to the residents as well as the staff," said Gail Benton, volunteer coordinator for Hospice of Southwest Georgia. "The families feel it's a wonderful idea-especially for the residents that aren't able to leavetheir rooms."

Hospice volunteers maintain the birdfeeders at each facility, and enjoy spending time with residents during their visit.

"Our volunteers enjoy helping with activities and visiting with patients," said Debra Taylor, Hospice of Southwest
Georgia volunteer coordinator. "Watching the birds has brought smiles to our residents and they really enjoy them. It's the little things that make someone's day."

Hospice of Southwest Georgia has placed birdfeeders in Thomasville's Camellia Gardens Nursing Home, Glenn-
Mor Nursing Home, Golden Living Center, Southern Pines Retirement Community, Triad Nursing Home, Woodleaf
Assisted Living Facility and Plantation Manor Retirement. The birdfeeders are also in Cairo at Cairo Personal Care Home, in Pelham at Pelham Parkway Nursing Home, in Bainbridge at Bainbridge Health Care, Bainbridge Manor and Seminole County Nursing Home, in Colquitt at Miller Nursing Home, and in Whigham at Whigham Nursing Home.

For more information on Hospice of Southwest Georgia or to become a volunteer, call the Thomasville office at
(229)584-5500, or the Bainbridge office (229)246-9965.

For more information, contact Archbold Marketing and Public Relations at (229) 227-5140.

Don Berwick
In an interview with the Association of Health Care Journalists,
former CMS Administrator Don Berwick reflected on the media's coverage of the debate on the federal health reform law and highlighted the issues the media overlooked.

Let's Move


Let's Move! Turns Two: FLOTUS on the Road

Last week Let's Move! turned two, and First Lady Michelle Obama toured the country to celebrate its second birthday and highlight successful stories from across the country. Over three days she visited four states and met with some of the many teachers, elected officials, faith and community leaders, and parents and children who have embraced the principles of Let's Move! and are working to end childhood obesity within a generation.

The First Lady celebrated with 14,000 people in Des Moines, Iowa, helped judge healthy Top Chef creations, and even danced with a platypus!

Mark Your Calendar
February 21 LIVE Webcast - U.S. Global Health Policy: In Focus
The President's Budget Request: What Does It Mean For U.S. Global Health Efforts?  

Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Leadership Breakfast
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
8:00 am
Cobb Country's Georgia Club
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth
2012 Annual Conference
March 14th-16 Ritz-Carlton, Reynold Plantation
Lake Oconee, GA

Hospitals 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



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