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GRHA Newsletter
Week of March 30, 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 State Capitol


2012 Legislative Session ends Sine Die on March 29th. Final Report coming soon for Georgia Rural Health Association Members. 


2012 R.U.R.A.L. Legislative Agenda



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.

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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

  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


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Deadline is June 1, 2012
Comparison of Medicare Premium Support Proposals
This brief provides a side-by-side comparison of recent proposals to transform Medicare into a premium support program and slow the future growth in Medicare spending.

These proposals each would convert Medicare from a defined benefit program, in which beneficiaries are guaranteed coverage for a fixed set of benefits, to a defined contribution or "premium support" program, in which beneficiaries are provided a fixed federal payment to help cover their health care expenses.  

The brief compares the premium support provisions of these proposals, including how the level of premium support for beneficiaries would be determined; whether traditional Medicare would remain an option; what protections would be provided for low-income beneficiaries; and whether and how the proposals would cap federal spending on Medicare.  These differences have important implications for Medicare beneficiaries, the federal budget, health care providers and private health plans.





One-day Public Health Summit on Blood Disorders -- FREE


Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, and Sickle Cell Anemia 


When: April 4, 2012 - 9AM - 5PM


Where: Morehouse School of Medicine


Who: Patients/Caregivers, Physicians, Health care professionals, Social Workers, Navigators/CHWs, Community


Morning sessions include: Nutrition, Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Blood Disorders and Genetics, Current trends in diagnosis and treatment, Social Workers and Patient Navigator roles in care


Afternoon sessions: Who is at risk? Moving from adolescence to adulthood with blood disorders, resources from local hospitals,and online resources, and more through exhibits

Please share with your personal and professional networks. Make announcements in your church programs or community meetings. Offer to register for those who might have problems.



New Study Highlights Critical Role of CHCs in Health Care SystemReport Also Documents Impact of CHC Funding Cuts on Patient Care

By James Arvantes  * Washington         


Story highlights

*The demand for basic primary care services among the nation's uninsured and underinsured patients outpaces the resources of community health centers (CHCs), according to a new report released by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

*At least one quarter of U.S. counties with the highest need indicators for primary care do not have a health center, the report states.

*Among counties with the highest proportion of uninsured individuals, half lack a health center, and more than half of counties with the lowest numbers of primary care health professionals do not have a health center.

*The report touts the economic benefits of CHCs in saving the U.S. health care system billions of dollars each year.

"In fact, among those counties with the highest proportion of uninsured individuals, half lack a health center today," said Hawkins, citing findings from the report. "And over half of the counties with the worst rates of primary care provider supply do not have a health center."


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National Doctors' Day
March 30
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National Doctors' Day is held every year on March 30th in the United States. It is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its' citizens.

The first Doctor's Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia.  Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctor's Day. 

On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor's Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as "National Doctor's Day."



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


Connections 2012: Because Results Matter

Reception and Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

7pm - 9pm

Connections 2012 Conference
Thursday, May 3, 2012
7:30 am - 4:30 pm



Early Bird Registration Fees for the 2012 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health!

Early Bird Registration ends April 29 (payment and registration must be received by this date).
2012 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Working Together for a Healthier North Dakota
May 30 - June 1, 2012
Alerus Conference Center, Grand Forks, ND
Lodging Reservations at the 1-888-33CANAD (22623). To receive the discounted rate, please request the Dakota Conference room block reservation number 200565. For more hotel options please visit our website.
Register Today!

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