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GRHA Newsletter
Week of March 2, 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

Georgia Rural Health Association Members can access the latest Legislative Reports and Bill Tracking Documents for the 2012 Session of the Georgia General Assembly off of our website. 


From the Advocacy Page, click on "2012 Legislative Tracking", and log in. For assistance please contact our office at 478-552-3620 or



County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program Releases Call for Proposals

Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants Proposal

  Deadline: May 2, 2012 3:00 PM EDT

The County Health Roadmaps project includes several efforts to-using the County Health Rankings model-support local communities, national partners and leaders across all sectors to improve health. This second call for proposals of the Roadmaps to Health Community Grants will support collaborations of partners implementing policy or system changes to address one of the social or economic factors that, as defined by the County Health Rankings, most strongly influence health outcomes in their community. These include: education; employment and income; family and social support; and community safety. Up to 20 grants of up to $200,000 each will be awarded through this solicitation.

More details and how to apply

  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.

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Peach State Health Plan 







Blue Cross Blue Shield



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  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. 

March Observances

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


National Endometriosis Awareness Month


National Nutrition Month


Save Your Vision Month


Trisomy Awarenss Month


Workplace Eye Wellness Month

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 Rural Health Clinic Conference

May 9, 2012

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

2459-H Hwy.280 West

Cordele, GA 31015


Don't miss out on this great networking 

and learning opportunity!


Attendee Registration

Sponsor Registration 


Agenda Coming Soon!


2011 Rural Health Clinic Conference Presentations


 Bump It Up a Buck Coalition to Hold "Kick Butts Day" Rally at State Capitol

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People from all across Georgia will soon have a chance to speak out about the dangers of tobacco thanks to the Bump It Up a Buck coalition and news that it will hold an Atlanta celebration of national Kick Butts Day at the Georgia State Capitol from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The local observance of the nationwide event, which gives America's youth the opportunity to speak out about the dangers of tobacco, will be the first to be held in Atlanta since 2008. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


The Bump It Up a Buck coalition, a partnership of Georgia-based health advocacy agencies, is united in its efforts to maintain the momentum needed to secure an increase in the consumption tax on cigarettes by $1. Experts say the measure would reduce smoking levels in the state, improve the health of all Georgians and conservatively generate more than $340 million in new tax revenue for the state each year.


 As part of their efforts to increase awareness of the issue, members of the coalition will hold this Kick Butts Day event because Georgia currently has the 48th lowest per pack tax in the nation at only 37 cents (national average: $1.46). In addition, 10,600 kids under 18 in Georgia become new daily smokers each year; 95,900 high school kids in the state smoke; and, 184,000 kids now under 18 and alive in Georgia will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.


You are encouraged to forward this article to colleagues and friends who place a priority on their health as well as to organizations serving individuals of all ages who may be interested in attending the rally. You can show your support for the initiative by joining the hundreds who Like the idea at

Hiring veterans can give physician practices tax advantages


Many veterans work in the health sector, including medical practices, and a 2011 law makes additional tax credits available from the Internal Revenue Service for hiring them.


"Practices need to know that there are credits out there," said Marc H. Lion, a certified public accountant in Syosset, N.Y., who works primarily with medical practices.


Experts working with medical practices on financial matters say the biggest challenge is a lack of awareness that as much as $9,600 is available for hiring an unemployed veteran. The size of the credit is affected by the length of time a veteran has been unemployed and whether he or she has a service-related disability.


"These credits often fall through the cracks," Lion said.


 By Victoria Stagg Elliott, amednews staff


Version 5010 - Where Are We Now?

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Webinar - Eastern Event



Please join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Regional Offices for an informative webinar on Version 5010 for healthcare providers, clearing houses, vendors and others.



WHAT:                      CMS Webinar

DATE:                        March 6, 2012

TIME:                        10:00 am - 11:00 am EST


To register go to


Hosted by your Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Office.

National Sleep Awareness Week 

National Sleep Awareness Week™, which takes place March 5-11, 2012, is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. The week begins with the announcement of the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America poll results and ends with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time, where Americans lose one hour of sleep. The Foundation's Sleep Care Center members host events in their local communities throughout the week, providing sleep education and screening to the public.

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National School Breakfast Week

 March 5-9, 2012


"School Breakfast-Go for Gold" 

"School Breakfast-Go for Gold" will highlight how eating a healthy balanced breakfast at school helps students shine. The campaign will help students learn about the importance of eating healthy and being active. "School Breakfast - Go for Gold" also aligns with USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge and the First Lady's Let's Move Goals.


World Kidney Day
 March 8, 2012

World Kidney day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).

The mission of World Kidney Day is to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10, 2012


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. It is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH). It helps organizations across the country come together to offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested for HIV, and how to live with and manage HIV/AIDS.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed specifically on March 10 every year, but OWH encourages organizations to hold events throughout the month of March.


Mark Your Calendar
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
2012 RHC Billing and Cost Reporting Seminar
Healthcare Business Specialists
Hyatt Regency
Savannah, GA
For more information, contact:
Mark Lynn- 423.899.0945


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