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GRHA Newsletter
Week of May 18, 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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Act Now to Support Rural Hospitals
Take Action NOW:
On Monday, May 7 Senators Charles Schumer and Chuck Grassley introduced a bill that would extend the Medicare Dependent Hospital (MDH) and Low-Volume Hospital (LVH) programs.  Senate Bill 2620 would help avoid the pending expiration of both programs.  NRHA applauds Senator Schumer and Senator Grassley for their leadership in this important area and call on legislators in both chambers of Congress to act to protect rural hospitals.

NRHA encourages all rural health advocates to call their Senators now and encourage them to cosponsor this legislation.  Visit NRHA‚€™s action kit for talking points. Click here for a copy of the bill text.

Toccoa Clinic seeking an Internal Medicine physician.


Step into an eight year mature practice and be busy from day one!!


Immediate need for someone to assume this practice.


Out-patient only practice joining four other Internist in a multi-specialty practice in Toccoa, GA


Service area population 100,000


Northeast Georgia setting provides exceptional access to outdoor activities including golf, hiking bike trails, kayaking, hunting, fishing and boating.  One hour's drive from Atlanta


Competitive benefit package


Two year track to partnership


Interested Board Certified/Board Eligible Internists

Contact: Deborah Gibby, RNDirector of Practice DevelopmentToccoa Clinic Medical Associates, LLP58 Big A RoadToccoa, GA 30577

Phone - 706-282-5234

Fax - 706-282-5375

[email protected] 

Grant Opportunity


USDA Announces New Farm to School Program to Improve the Health and Nutrition of Kids Receiving School Meals

The Farm to School Grant Program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which authorized and funded USDA to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. The new investments will assist schools in procuring food from local producers. Farm to school initiatives can also include agriculture and nutrition education efforts such as school gardens, field trips to local farms, and cooking classes.


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National Women's Health Week
May 13 - 19


 It's your time!


National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health. The theme for 2012 is "It's Your Time." National Women's Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages women to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:


Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.


Get active.


Eat healthy.


Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.


Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.


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Archbold Welcomes New Physicians


Burgess Mauldin
Burgess Mauldin, MD
Archbold Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome new physicians to its medical staff. The following physicians

have joined the staff of Southland Hospitalist Group and will practice hospital medicine at Archbold.

Susan Mary Manson, MD


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

Reservations: 1-888-312-8002

Ask for GRHA Rate


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 Deadline is June 1, 2012
Deadline is August 1, 2012 





fred ammons

Mr. Fred Ammons

JEFF  askey
Mr. Jeff Askey
jill mccrary
Ms. Jill McCrary
paula guy
Ms. Paula Guy
john beard
Mr. John Beard
gary lucas
Mr. Gary Lucas
charles owens
Mr. Charles Owens


GRHA would like to thank everyone who participated in our 2012 Rural Health Clinic Conference!
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                            RNs and Pharmacists Now Eligible 


The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) this month announced a funding opportunity for states with loan repayment programs for primary care providers. New this year, state grantees have the option to expand eligible disciplines in their programs to include registered nurses and pharmacists and expand eligible site types to include critical access hospitals, nursing homes, and state, county and local mental health hospitals, providing greater flexibility than is available through the NHSC loan repayment program. Details on the funding opportunity are available here. The application deadline for states is June 5, 2012.



 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute


GWI will start its second round of classes in June 2012.  With the assistance of Kassie Clark, a former SORH staffer, NOSORH has designed this institute specifically with the needs of SORHs, community leaders and rural health partners in mind. In addition to offering basic grant writing skills, NOSORH hopes the institute will give participants a greater understanding of rural health issues and the resources available to address those concerns. The institute also encourages participants to share this information with other stakeholders, thereby increasing the capacity and visibility of SORHs and their partners.


Despite the breadth and depth of materials to be covered, the NOSORH Grant Writing Institute has also been designed in a way that makes learning easy and convenient. Learning sessions are offered via Webinar and are recorded for future use by the participants. All you need to participate is a computer with an internet connection and a phone line.  Please see that attached brochure for additional information, including session dates and curriculum.


We are so looking forward to working with SORHs and their partners on this program that we've tried to keep the cost of the program as low as possible ($500 per participant). We are also willing to make whatever billing arrangements your office might need to make in order ensure the participation of your staff.  Learning session begin June 21, 2012 - register soon to reserve your spot in the class. 


Questions? Contact:

Stephanie Hansen

Education CoordinatorNational Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

w: 208-375-0407

c: 208-571-3613

[email protected]


GWI Brochure

 Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind 

 By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau 

China, Mexico and other countries far less affluent are working to provide medical insurance for all citizens. It's viewed as an economic investment.  


Even as Americans debate whether to scrap President Obama's healthcare law and its promise of guaranteed health coverage, many far less affluent nations are moving in the opposite direction - to provide medical insurance to all citizens.

Many countries are still struggling to improve the quality of their medical care. And making healthcare affordable remains a challenge for most countries, as it does for the U.S., where about 15% of the population lacks coverage.

But the international drive to provide healthcare for everyone is increasingly leaving America behind.


Full Article 

Mark Your Calendar



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  

Jun 4 - 7, 2012 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Marriott Marquis

Atlanta, GA

For more information, contact:

[email protected] 


20th Annual NALBOH Conference

Aug 8 - 10, 2012

National Association of Local Boards of Health

Hyatt Regency Downtown

Atlanta, GA

For more information, contact:

Tracy Schupp

[email protected]


2012 Annual NASCSP Conference

Sep 11 - 14, 2012 

National Association for State Community Services Programs

Grand Hyatt Atlanta

Atlanta, GA 



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