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GRHA Newsletter
Week of March 23, 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


 Platinum Corporate Sponsor Member
Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.

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

GRHA Corporate Members


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 






Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 



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County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program Releases Call for Proposals

Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants Proposal

  Deadline: May 2, 2012 3:00 PM EDT


Telehealth Network Grant Program


Details and Application


Closing Date for Applications

April 13, 2012

  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.

  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




2012 Georgia Rural Health Association 

Annual Conference

September 17 -19, 2012

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA


GRHA Annual Meeting
Keepin' It Rural
What's your role? 
in improving rural health



CDC Media Campaign Tells the Deadly Truth about Smoking - Initiative Will Save Lives and Reduce Health  Care Costs


WASHINGTON, DC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today has taken a critical step to reinvigorate the fight against tobacco use - the nation's leading preventable cause of death - by launching the government's first-ever paid, nationwide media campaign to encourage smokers to quit and prevent children from starting to smoke.

CDC: Tips from Former Smokers - Jessica's Asthma Ad
CDC: Tips from Former Smokers - Jessica's Asthma Ad


This unprecedented campaign is a smart investment that will save lives and save money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs. The evidence is clear: Effective mass media campaigns reduce youth tobacco use and encourage smokers to quit.


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Kaiser Family Foundation Resources on Deficit-Reduction Plans


These Foundation resources shed light on how the ongoing national debate about deficit reduction may affect Medicare, Medicaid and other health-care programs.  These resources include summaries and comparisons of relevant elements of major deficit-reduction plans, analysis of specific savings proposals, and explanatory briefs and backgrounders describing key issues related to the debate.

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GRHA members are invited to join the Georgia Charitable Care Network, formerly the Georgia Free Clinic Network, at a discounted rate of $150 for 2012.
The Georgia Charitable Care Network is the only statewide organization whose mission is solely focused on the needs of charitable clinics and the populations they serve. To learn more you can go to their website

To access the GCCN application form click here.
To read the GCCN Values Statement click here

What others think: PeachCare redesign an opportunity to improve child health

By Pat Willis and Cindy Zeldin

The Georgia Department of Community Health is in the midst of a process to redesign the state's Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids programs. Together, these two programs cover more than 1.7 million low-income children, families and disabled Georgians.


As advocates for Georgia's children and for Georgia's health care consumers, we view this redesign process as an opportunity to strengthen these programs to ensure they provide access to the services that children and families need to live healthy and productive lives.


The first phase of the Department's redesign effort, an assessment of the Medicaid landscape in Georgia and in selected states around the country conducted by an outside consulting firm, was recently made public.


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4 Tech Success Strategies for Hospitals

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media 



Changes wrought by technology are making an indelible mark in service lines for health systems big and small. This is being reflected in a hospital when a patient is given an iPod with a Pandora app to listen to any music she wants to hear as she waits for an oncological exam (You want Motown, you've got it!) and in the surgical suite where physicians use da Vinci robotic systems for minimally invasive procedures, as well as new cloud-based data systems that allow clinicians instantaneous access to a patient's heart rhythms.


Health systems are moving ahead quickly in pursuing technology improvements, using robotics, apps, telemedicine, clouds, electronic medical records, device journals, or other innovations to provide value and add volume to their service lines. Leaders of healthcare systems say they are working to improve patient experience and patient flow in highly personalized programs while using smartphones and tablets to monitor health conditions and evaluate symptoms. Part of the rush is based on federal incentives under meaningful use requirements.


Edward W. Marx, senior VP and chief information officer for the 3,800-bed Texas Health Resources system in Dallas, says health systems have little choice but to embark on technological improvements to advance care.


"We work under the strategy that IT exists to transform, grow, and help run the organization and to be viewed as a strategic asset," says Marx. "It's all about patient experience and quality of care. We talk about transforming growth from a business perspective. Innovation is who we are and who we aspire to be. It is pretty much strategic for the organization. We try to live that culture of being innovative, and it expresses itself in many ways."


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Mark Your Calendar


Briefing: Global Child Survival Efforts: Every Child Deserves a Fifth Birthday

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
(Registration and breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m.)

Barbara Jordan Conference Center (Kaiser Family Foundation Office)
1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC (one block west of Metro Center) 

Please register online to attend this event

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


April 12-13
Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta


2012 RHC Billing and Cost Reporting Seminar
April 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
2012 Minority Health Month Health Equity Summit
April 20, 2012
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Loudermilk Center
Atlanta, GA
Free- must register

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