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GRHA Newsletter
Week of April 20, 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

Shelley Spires

Joseph Barrow

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

  GRHA New Members


 Platinum Corporate Sponsor Member
Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.

GRHA Corporate Members


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 






Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 



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National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health


The Branch - April 2012 




County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program Releases Call for Proposals

Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants Proposal

  Deadline: May 2, 2012 3:00 PM EDT

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Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


USDA, Rural Development Community Facilities Program  

 April is National Cancer Control Month


This year, an estimated half million Americans will lose their lives to cancer, and three times that many will be diagnosed with this devastating illness. Cancer patients are parents and grandparents, children and cherished friends; the disease touches almost all of us and casts a shadow over families and communities across our Nation. Yet, today, we stand at a critical moment in cancer research that promises significant advances for patients and an accelerated pace of lifesaving discoveries. During National Cancer Control Month this April, we remember those we have lost, support Americans fighting this disease, and recommit to progress toward effective cancer control.


Prevention and screening are our best defenses against cancer. All Americans can reduce their risk by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, limiting sun exposure, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, living tobacco-free, and taking advantage of appropriate regularly scheduled cancer screenings. For those covered by Medicare, regular screening with a healthcare professional can play a key role in preventing cancer and detecting the disease early, when it is often most treatable. Under the Affordable Care Act, more people with Medicare can now receive many preventive services at no additional cost.

Medicare provides coverage of the following cancer screenings:

Breast Cancer (mammography and clinical breast exam)

Cervical and Vaginal Cancer (pap test and pelvic exam (includes the clinical breast exam)

Prostate cancer (PSA blood test and Digital Rectal Exam)

Colorectal Cancer

Fecal Occult Blood Test

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy


Barium Enema


Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that a physician's recommendation is the most powerful factor in a patient's decision to receive preventive and screening services. By discussing Medicare-covered cancer screenings and other available options, and engaging patients in decision-making regarding their choices, you can help prevent, treat, and beat the disease. Encourage your patients to get screened-it could save their lives.



April Observances

National Autism Awareness Month


National Donate Life Month


National Minority Health Month 


Women's Eye Health and Safety Month


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month


National Distracted Driving Awareness Month


National Facial Protection Month


Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention 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 essentials, RAC auditing documentation, rural provider's guide to meaningful use and EHR incentive programs, Medicaid billing, financial challenges of rural health clinics, 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
Georgia university breaks ground on Rosalynn Carter complex  
 Roslyn Carter

Ground was broken Monday for the new Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex at Georgia Southwestern State University.


The new building, which will also house the new home of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, is about 35,000 square feet and will also be the home of GSW's psychology and sociology departments, in addition to containing extra lab space for the sciences, the newspaper reports.



Read More at  Albany Herald 


Atlanta Business Chronicle by Carla Caldwell, Morning Call Editor

 coffee with Tennie McCarty

Addicted to Food- Gaining Recovery


Presenter: Tennie McCarty

**Featured on Oprah and The Dr Oz Show

as a leading expert specializing in treating eating disorders**


April 25, 2012
8:00-9:30am - Hoskins Center in Savannah
12:00-1:30 - GSU in Statesboro
(Lunch Provided)
Free to Attend
1.5 CEU for $15




To present the concept of "Food Addiction" as it relates to the addiction model and to increase awareness that it can respond to treatment in the same way chemical addiction can respond to treatment.



This presentation will provide a current look at the prevalence of eating disorders in the US. The concept of being addicted to certain foods will be explored through the addiction model. The impact the disorder has on the family and the question of how a person becomes addicted to food is presented, as well. The spectrum of eating disorders and the steps toward recovery are explored and open for dialogue. Finally we take a look at long term recovery and cautions for cross-addiction.


** CEU approved by NASW**


Registration deadline is Tuesday April 24th at Noon.
Limited Seating for Luncheon
**Please register so we can plan food accordingly**


Register Now

Medical Plant Bringing 1,500 jobs to Georgia 


By J. Scott Trubey and Christopher Quinn   

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

8:55 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012


A major medical company announced Thursday that it plans to build a production center east of Atlanta that will bring more than 1,500 jobs to the state.


It would be one of the biggest economic development boosts for Georgia in the past decade and comes as the state's job recovery lags the nation's.


The company is Baxter International, a Deerfield, Ill.-based maker of vaccines, treatment for blood disorders and medical devices.

Baxter said Thursday morning that the manufacturing site will create more than 1,500 full-time positions in Georgia.


The new facility will make plasma-based treatments for immune disorders, trauma and other ailments.


The company expects to invest more than $1 billion over the next five years in support of the project. Construction will begin this year. Production is expected to begin in 2018.

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Mark Your Calendar


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



Rural Health Clinic Conference

May 9, 2012

Lake Blackshear, Cordele, GA



2012 NAIS and NIVS Summit

May 15 - 17, 2012
American Medical Association
National Vaccine Program Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
J.W. Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
Atlanta, GA


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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