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GRHA Newsletter
Week of March 9, 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

  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.

Hospice of Southwest Georgia Offers Pet Therapy

pet therapy


It's no secret that animals are special. Animals feel our pain, our joy and our stress.  Animals allow people to focus, even if for a short period of time, on something other than themselves.


Furry Friends- Hospice of Southwest Georgia's new dog therapy group-is helping bring love to many hospicepatients. 


GRHA Corporate Members



Peach State Health Plan 







Blue Cross Blue Shield



Coca Cola




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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 


Presentations include: ICD-10, RAC auditing documentation, rural provider's guide to meaningful use and EHR incentive programs, Medicaid billing, financial challenges of rural health clinics, CMS update, telehealth, and National Health Service Corp and provider recruitment 


2011 Rural Health Clinic Conference Presentations


Georgia Rural Health Association Members in the News


Liberty Regional Medical Center of Hinesville, Ga. is featured in the March issue of GeorgiaTrend magazine. Click on Georgia Gold and scroll down until you see the article.
Phoebe Putney Health System is highlighted in the March/April 2012 issue of Profile The Georgia Chamber of Commerce magazine. Go to page 12 to read article.

GRHA members: Please send any news and events you would like to add to our newsletter. If you are featured in newspaper, magazine or other media outlets and would like to share with our readers, please send to [email protected] or call 478-552-3620. 
 The health care score card on Crossover Day

By Andy Miller
Published: March 8, 2012
A raft of health bills dealing with social issues were moving forward as a hectic Crossover Day came to a close at the state Legislature.


To have a shot at becoming a law, bills had until Wednesday - Crossover Day, or Day 30 of the 40-day General Assembly session - to pass at least one chamber. (Lawmakers, though, still can take a stalled bill and attach it to another piece of legislation that has crossed over.)


Unlike in previous years, the budgets for state health agencies did not include major funding cuts.


While those budgets drew little criticism, several attention-grabbing bills on social issues beat the Crossover Day deadline amid sometimes spirited debate. These bills were spearheaded by Republicans, whose party holds large majorities in each chamber.


Read More.....

Challenges for Human Services
Getting Help to Rural Veterans and Their Families

by Kathleen Belanger


Rural men and rural women are more likely to join the military than their urban counterparts-the VA Office of Rural Health reports that they are 22 percent more likely to join the Army. And they return home with significantly greater health and mental health needs, and with less access to treatment, including treatment for chronic hypertension and post traumatic stress disorder. But men and women returning from combat often face other problems, as well. They return to children and families that have reorganized around their absence. They return to rural communities that are in poor labor markets, to friends who no longer relate to them, and to everyday activities that now seem trivial.


In previous Rural Monitor articles, I discussed the meaning of rural human services, and the importance of human services for self-sufficiency, health and happiness, and to prevent even greater problems. We know, however, that not only basic health services are less available in rural areas, but human services are also less available and at times unavailable.


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Brain Awareness

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Telehealth Network Grant Program announced

The primary objective of the Telehealth Network Grant Program is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural and underserved communities. Grants made under this authority will demonstrate how telehealth networks improve health care services for medically underserved populations in urban, rural and frontier communities.

Eligible applicants include rural or urban nonprofit entities that will provide services through a telehealth network or a telehomecare network. Entities may be nonprofit or for-profit, and faith-based and community based organizations as well as tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

For details and application instructions, click here.

In an effort to ensure full funding of essential federal rural health programs, NRHA is constantly monitoring the federal appropriations process. Here you will find the latest news, updates and supporting materials on the funding of federal rural health programs.


Please note, the federal fiscal year (FY) begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30. The year mentioned in the FY 2011 portion refers to the calendar year at the end of the fiscal year. So, FY 2012 is from Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012.


AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcement
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
This FOA solicits applications from health professionals associations to develop dissemination programs that integrate patient-centered outcomes research into clinical practice using innovative methods. These methods could include mechanisms such as education, credentialing, scientific programs, or social media platforms. Applicants may wish to consider both educational theory (what learning methods work most effectively) and the relevance of "new media."

Through this FOA, AHRQ anticipates funding between 25 - 50 awards that together total up to $2.5 million annually for 3 years. Applicants may receive no more than $100,000 annually in total costs for projects up to 3 years long. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research may vary from application to application, AHRQ anticipates that the size and duration of each award may also vary.
Go to:
Applications are due April 25, 2012.
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
Aprile 19, 2012
Healthcare Business Specialists
Hyatt Regency
Savannah, GA
For more information, contact:
Mark Lynn- 423.899.0945
2012 43rd Annual ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference
April 19-22, 2012
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Hilton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA


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