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GRHA Newsletter
Week of April 27, 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 Welcomes

     New Members


Platinum Corporate Sponsor

Summit Funding Group, Inc.


 Organizational Member
McKinney Community Health Center, Inc.

GRHA Corporate Members


Summit Funding Group


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  

GRHA member receives award


Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award

Jim Hotz 

This year's Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award went to Dr. James Hotz, Clinical Services Director/Medical Director, Albany Area Primary Healthcare, in Albany, Ga.  

Volunteer clinical faculty members are often inadequately appreciated and rarely recognized. Alpha Omega Alpha's Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award is presented annually to recognize a community physician who contributes with distinction to the education and training of clinical students. 


Clinical Updates via Rural E-CME (CURE)
Archived Activities 

Acute Stroke Treatment 2012David C. Hess, MDActivity Information and Registration

  Recognizing & Intervening with Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Amy S. House, PhDActivity Information and Registration:



RAC Webinars
The Role of Leadership in the EHR Project: What Rural Leaders Need to Know

*Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
*Time: 2:00pm Central (12:00pm Pacific, 1:00pm Mountain, 3:00pm Eastern)
The web room will open 10 minutes prior to the event start.
Speaker:  Joe Wivoda, Chief Information Officer, National Rural Health Resource Center

Description: Hospital leadership is critical when implementing electronic information systems, particularly in rural and critical access hospitals. This presentation will provide examples of effective project structure for rural and critical access hospital Electronic Health Record (EHR) projects. Discussion will include the role of hospital leadership as well as the expectations of champions, project managers and vendors involved with the project. Those attending this presentation will be able to use this information to better prepare for their EHR project or improve an existing EHR project.

Registration: Visit to register. Please note, there are a limited number of seats available; however, we hope to make a recording available on our website after the live event. This webinar is free. A phone connection and high-speed internet are required to participate. Connection details will be e-mailed to you prior to the event. 

If you have questions or problems with the registration process, please contact Sue Rundquist at [email protected] or 701.777.6355. 

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


Sorry, Lake Blackshear is now booked for May 8th. There are several nice hotels around the interstate.


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

   County rankings show link between economy, health


By: Andy Miller


A county-by-county ranking of health statistics, released earlier this month, showed a geographic divide in Georgia.

Rural South and Middle Georgia counties were clustered at the bottom of the state's health rankings, and urban/suburban at the top.

Now economic factors have been added to those figures in a new list that shows a link between a Georgia county's financial health and the health of its citizens.


It's the second year that Partner Up for Public Health, an advocacy campaign, has generated this comparison. The top 10 and the bottom 10 show that counties tend to score well or poorly on both measures.


Fayette and Oconee counties - near Atlanta and Athens, respectively - tied for first place in the Partner Up "Power Ratings" of Georgia counties, based on combined health status (from the University of Wisconsin rankings) and economic vitality. Macon County, in west central Georgia, finished last on the new list.


"If a county has healthy citizens, they'll have healthy employees, who will be more productive at their jobs,'' said Matt Caseman, executive director of the Georgia Rural Health Association, in an interview Wednesday.


"Companies are going to want to locate their businesses in a county that has better health statistics,'' with  good access to physicians, hospitals and preventive care, Caseman added.


Full Story 


 "Source: Georgia Health News, an independent, nonprofit news service".

2012 Partner Up! for Public Health Power Ratings


Study combines health status and economic factors                


Fayette and Oconee counties tied for first place in the Partner Up! for Public Health Campaign's 2012 Power Ratings of Georgia counties based on their combined health status and economic vitality, the Partner Up! campaign announced today.  Macon County finished last.


Funded by Healthcare Georgia Foundation, the Partner Up! for Public Health Campaign's Health and Economic Power Ratings combine county-level health outcomes rankings produced by the University of Wisconsin with economic rankings calculated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in connection with the state's job tax credits program.                


The University of Wisconsin program provides health outcomes rankings for most of the counties in the United States, including 156 of the 159 in Georgia, based on a variety of factors, including premature death, the percentage of the population reporting being in poor or fair health, the number of work-days missed for reasons of poor mental or physical health, and the percentage of babies born with low birth weight.   


Full Story and Maps            


Rural Georgia Center Relies on Educators, Electronic Records To Boost Patients' Health

Kaiser Health news

GREENSBORO, Ga. -  At TenderCare Clinic, a community health center here in rural central Georgia, medical assistant Jackie Davis plays a starring role.


Using a phone in a corner of a room reserved for minor surgical procedures, Davis calls parents who are late bringing in kids for immunizations, women behind on getting their annual Pap test and diabetics who have neglected their monthly checkups.


In a nearby office, health education coordinator Pamela Luke intercepts patients after they meet with doctors to advise them about nutrition, set exercise goals and put them through "diabetes school.'"


The reminder calls and in-house counseling are a big reason why Tendercare has some of the best quality scores in Georgia, a state where health centers rank near the bottom nationally for patient care.


At Tendercare, eight out of 10 of diabetics have their blood sugar under control and almost all children get the appropriate immunizations by age 2-rates significantly above both state and national averages for health centers. The data are from 2010, the latest available.


Full Story

Provided by Kaiser Health News 

More Spectrum, Better Health
By Alan Morgan - Daily YonderAlan Morgan

For people who live in rural areas, traveling considerable distances may be a necessity for work, shopping, school and health care.

The distance may be an inconvenience at times, but it is an acceptable tradeoff for the benefits of rural life. But when it comes to health care, distance can be a matter of life and death.

Technology is helping to bridge that gap. High-speed wireless access is the most groundbreaking development in decades for rural health. It allows patients and their doctors to connect remotely, exchange vital health information and conduct real-time video consultations.

Those connections between rural patients and their physicians, however, are going to be increasingly dependent on broadband connections. And broadband connections in rural America will demand more investment and an expansion of the wireless spectrum - a topic now under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission. More spectrum will mean more and better care for rural Americans.

Read the full article.

Alan Morgan serves as Chief Executive Officer for the National Rural Health Association, 

 ADEPT Grant


The article that appeared in the April 13, 2012 issue of the Georgia Rural Health Association weekly newsletter featuring Dr. Jacob Warren and the ADEPT Grant didn't fully reflect the collaborative nature of the project. It's actually part of a joint initiative that Mr. Smalley and Mr. Warren co-lead. 


Bryant Smalley
Bryant Smalley
Jacob Warren
Dr. Jacob Warren, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University and Dr. Bryant Smalley (Department of Psychology), the co-Executive Directors of the Rural Health Research Institute, have been awarded a $450,000 federal grant from the Health Resources aADEPT Grantnd Services Administration to fund Project ADEPT (Applied Diabetes Education Program using Telehealth).
Project ADEPT will establish and determine the effectiveness of a new telehealth network that connects a diabetes educator housed within the Rural Health Research Institute to four clinic locations of East Georgia Healthcare Center.  In doing so, Project ADEPT will help under-served diabetics in Candler, Emanuel, Tattnall, and Toombs counties learn how to better manage their condition.
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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