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GRHA Newsletter
Week of February 24, 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


Brittany Taylor
Silver Corporate Sponsor Member
Peach State Health Plan

  Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


U.S. Department of Agriculture invites you to consider community facilities projects and is excited to announce that in FY2012 (Oct. 1, 2011-Sept. 30, 2012) Congress has granted Rural Development Georgia a generous Community Facility Direct Loan allocation to fund eligible projects.  See the attached flyer for more information.

February issue of
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

  Scholarships available

NRHA has scholarship funds available for students and community members with a critical need for financial support with conference expenses. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to people who meet eligibility criteria specified on the application and who are unable to attend conference without such support. Six students and community members will each receive $1,000 to help offset the cost of attendance. Click here to download the application. Please e-mail/fax applications to [email protected] or 202-639-0559 by March 31 to be considered for a scholarship. 

GRHA Corporate Members



Peach State Health Plan 







Blue Cross Blue Shield



Coca Cola




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February Observances

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month


Heart Month


International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month


National Children Dental Health Month  

  The Journal-Register

Legislation introduced this week in Congress could help local veterans receive faster contact with faraway medical professionals and reduce the costs of transporting veterans to appointments across the region.


According to Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, a sponsor of the Telehealth and Telemedicine Improvement Act, the legislation offers veterans improved access to specialty care, better utilization of scarce health care resources and improved coordination of care. It also provides the Veterans Administration the authority to waive co-pays for veterans' telehealth and telemedicine.


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GRHA Board members with R. Butch Parrish and R. Greene
(L to R )Representative Butch Parrish, Representative Gerald Greene, Ann Addison, Sallie Barker, Denise Kornegay, Matt Caseman, and House Speaker, David Ralston


The Georgia Rural Health Association would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in Rural Health Day at the Capitol.
We would like to thank our speakers, Representative Butch Parrish, Dr. Jean Sumner, and Ms. Denise Kornegay.
We had a great turn out and enjoyed meeting with you and learning what you and your organization is doing to help improve and promote rural health.
Georgia Rural Health Association was recognized in the House by Representative Butch Parrish (R-Swainsboro) and in the Senate by Senator Johnny Grant (R-Milledgeville).
Rural Health Day Sponsors

The Georgia Rural Health Association would like to say
 thank you to:
Platinum Sponsors

Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists
georgia association of nurse anesthetists, inc.
Community Health Works
Community Health Works

Coca-Cola Company
Coca Cola
Amerigroup Corporation

Gold Sponsors

GA Campus- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Healthcare Georgia Foundation
healthcare georgia foundation
Georgia Health Policy Center
georgia health policy center
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Georgia Board for Physician Workforce
 Georgia Board for Physicians Workforce
Georgia Hospital Association
georgia hospital association
Hospice Advantage
hospice advantage
Source Care Management
SOURCE Care management
Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center
georgia health information technology regional extension
Georgia Composite Medical Board
Ga Composite Medical Board

Special Thanks to
Detra Brown


  2012 pic with Governor

2012 Rural Health Day

Governor Nathan Deal with GRHA members and  friends

2012 david ralston

2012 Rural Health Day

House Speaker David Ralston with GRHA members and friends 


Mark Your Calendar
Resources for Living Well with Diabetes on a Budget  Wednesday, February 29th
2 pm to 3 pm EST
Webinar presented by Vicki Karnes, RN, MA
The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Division of Health Promotion, invites you to preregister at:


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
Kick Butt Day
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast
Who: Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Ron Bachman
What: "Georgia Health Care Update," a Leadership Breakfast
When: 8 a.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012
Where: The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30339
The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 20. Register online at
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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