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GRHA Newsletter
Week of May 11, 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

Robert J. Briscione

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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New Breast Prosthesis Program at Oncology Center


One out of eight women will hear their doctor say those terrifying words-"You have breast cancer." 


While learning to cope with a flood of emotions related to their diagnosis, these women are also faced with making multiple decisions regarding the treatment of their disease.


The Singletary Oncology Center's new Breast Prosthesis Program gives patients the ease and comfort of being fitted for a prosthesis and specialty bra in a comfortable environment with familiar, certified personnel.


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National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health


The Branch - May 2012  

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Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


USDA, Rural Development Community Facilities Program  

May Health Observances

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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
Disparities between urban and rural healthcare need to be overcome
By Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director

There are many reasons contributing to the huge disparity. Younger populations are more centrally located in urban cities, whereas rural areas tend to be older and therefore have a greater need for critical healthcare services.


Furthermore, because of a lack of corporate jobs, many rural Georgians are self-employed, which means they pay more for health insurance resulting in fewer trips to the physician's office.


Large numbers of rural Georgians are on Medicaid, the state/federal program for the poor. But low Medicaid reimbursement rates are causing doctors to rethink seeing those patients because in many cases it does not even cover overhead cost causing physicians to leave rural areas or practice in another state.


Read full article in SAPORTAREPORT 

Fed push: Recruit, retain rural doctors

 Dr. McKnightDr. Timothy McKnight said he "spoke straight from my heart" about rural health and wellness programs at a White House meeting Tuesday.


McKnight, director of the Fit for Life program at Trinity Hospital Twin City in Dennison, was invited to the White House Rural Council Rural Health Stakeholders Meeting in Washington, D.C.


McKnight, a board-certified family practitioner, is a primary-care physician who earned his medical degree and a master's degree in nutrition from Ohio State University.


McKnight told how he received a scholarship from the National Health Services Corps and participated in a loan repayment program. Participants commit to one year of service in a rural area for each year of the scholarship. The same ratio applies to the loan repayment program.


"I was like most physicians in these programs, figuring that I would meet my obligation and then move to a city," McKnight said. "Instead, I fell in love with the community and the people, and I've stayed. I appreciated the scholarship and loan repayment programs. As a result, I committed to educating my patients and the community about healthy lifestyles."


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Checklist for Safety - An Aviation Perspective
Dr. Michael Appel, an anesthesiologist at NGMC and a Delta pilot, is offering a live webinar sponsored by Foothills AHEC presenting an introduction to the concepts of "Crew Resource Management" a behavioral focus on the critical communication necessary among workers in high-risk industries, such as health care.

Friday, May 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Session Objectives: *Recognize the magnitude of problems with critical communication and its impact on patient safety; specifically the large number of injuries/deaths attributed to error *Basic causes of human errors, and how to address them *Recognize the individual's role in improving safety

Pre-registration is required via the website -


USDA Rural Utilities Service Community Connect Grant Program - Notice of Solicitation of Applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its Community Connect Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year 2012.  The Community Connect program provides grants to establish broadband transmission service in rural communities which are currently underserved. Funds may be used to build broadband infrastructure and establish a community center which offers free access to broadband services for community residents for two years.  

Access to affordable and reliable broadband connectivity in rural communities improves the ability of rural health care providers to effectively utilize health information technology, achieve the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) and receive EHR Incentive payments. Broadband is particularly critical in rural areas, where advanced communications and utilization of health IT can shrink the distances that isolate remote communities.

Eligible entities for the Community Connect Grant program include state and local governments, incorporated organizations, tribal organizations or cooperative, private corporations or limited liability companies organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.  Eligible areas include a single community with a population less than 20,000 which does not have Broadband Transmission Service.

The application deadline is June 18, 2012. Please visit the Community Connect Grant Program website at

see the attached Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the USDA RUS Community Connect Grant Program for additional information.

Mark Your Calendar


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!


2012 18th Annual SHIP Directors' Conference
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Jun 4 - 7, 2012 
Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, GA

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