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GRHA Newsletter    Week of June 22, 2012    [email protected]    478-552-3620

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

Carie Summers

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Shelley Spires

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

  GRHA Welcomes

     New Member


Organizational Member

Assocaition County Commissioners of Georgia



Individual Member

Alma Jones

Steve Wall

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 Funding Opportunity


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced available funding of $70 million to improve the health of small communities across the nation. Grants will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across a variety of sectors, including transportation, housing, education, and public health, in an effort to save lives and control the nation's growing health care costs associated with preventable chronic diseases.


The official funding opportunity announcement for the Community Transformation Grant program Small Communities component can be found by clicking here


Application closing date: July 31, 2012


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Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


USDA, Rural Development Community Facilities Program  

June Health Observances


National HIV Testing Day- June 27

National HIV Testing Day Reminds Us That HIV Testing Saves Lives



CDC recommends that everyone ages 13-64 be tested once for HIV. June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Thousands of organizations will offer HIV testing June 20-27. Learn your HIV status. Take the Test, Take Control.
This year marks the 18th National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), organized annually by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) with support from CDC and

NAPWA and other NHTD organizers reach out to communities at increased risk of HIV infection, especially gay and bisexual men of all races, African Americans, and Latinos. Evidence that effective, early antiviral treatment is not only good for patients but also makes their infection less contagious underscores that finding persons with HIV infection as soon as possible is good both for people living with HIV infection and for public health.

Testing identifies infected persons, who can then seek medical care that can improve the quality and length of their lives and reduce risk for HIV transmission.

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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 extended to July 1, 2012


 Deadline extended to September 7, 2012


Deadline is August 1, 2012


Callaway Gardens Resort  

Reservations: 1-888-312-8002

Ask for GRHA Rate

MAY 21,  2012 TO AUG. 23, 2012





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Non-members who register for the 2012 GRHA Annual Conference will receive a one year free membership with the Georgia Rural Health Association!
Some Membership Benefits Include:

Discounted membership rates at all GRHA events


Timely legislative tracking reports throughtout the General Assembly session, guided with the issues members say are important 


Up to date state and national public policy and advocacy e-mail alerts guided by GRHA Legislative Affairs Committee and the NRHA


Grant information available only to members



This offer will end August 23, 2012

Time to Nominate Your Colleagues for 2012 GRHA Awards of Excellence

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Shelley Spires, Awards Committee Chair for the 2012 Annual Conference wants to hear from you!


The nominations are now open for the 2012 GRHA Awards of Excellence. No messy paperwork! No postage required! Simply click here to make a nomination. 


You can nominate people or organizations for the following awards:


The Legislator of the Year award is presented to the member of the Georgia General Assembly who demonstrates wisdom and foresight in dealing with rural health issues, understanding of rural health, and exemplary leadership in addressing the needs of rural areas and resolution of their health problems.


The Outstanding Rural Health Practice or Practitioner award recognizes a community-oriented rural health care practice, whether a group or an individual physician, that has improved direct access to health care services and information for rural people through innovative, comprehensive approaches.


The Outstanding Rural Health Program award recognizes a program that meets a healthcare need in a community or a group of communities and has demonstrated outcomes. This effort can include a collaboration of clinics, doctors, hospitals, wellness programs (i.e. recreation department or wellness facility), civic groups, or faith-based organizations.


The Distinguished Educator/Researcher is awarded to the individual whose research or teaching has made the most significant contribution of the year or whose sustained history of teaching and educating over a period of time is deemed to be the major contribution of the year.


The James Alley Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Rural Health Care is awarded to the practitioner, educator, public health employee, volunteer, or other individual who has excelled over a lifetime in service to rural people, either directly or indirectly.


The Outstanding Volunteer is awarded to a volunteer who has made a significant contribution toward improving rural health.


The Future Professionals in Rural Health is awarded to a student currently studying at a higher education institution in Georgia whose work exemplifies a passion for rural health. Nominees' work can include the following: conducting their own research over the past year that significantly contributes to rural health; have studied under and been instrumental in research conducted by faculty over the past year that significantly contributes to rural health; and have been instrumental in the implementation of a program that significantly contributes to rural health.



Nominations will be accepted until August 1st. Awards will be presented at the GRHA Annual Conference in Pine Mountain, Georgia on October 17.


Thanks to 2012 GRHA Awards Committee volunteers Chair Shelley Spires, and members Sue Nieman, Sheila Freeman, Deidre Howell, and Paula Guy

Save the Date
1st Annual Medical Fair 

October 12-13, 2012

Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation


More Information Coming Soon!


Medicaid faces 'daunting' budget challenges


The state's Medicaid agency has a projected $300 million hole to fill in next year's budget.


If the shortfall remains at that level, the financial request to the General Assembly in January will be ''very high'' from a historical perspective, said Vince Harris, chief financial officer of the Department of Community Health, after the agency's board meeting Thursday.


The projected $308 million shortfall for fiscal 2013 stems mostly from growth in the program's spending, plus the delay of a month's payment to the care management organizations that deliver services to children and pregnant women.


Medicaid and PeachCare cover a total of 1.7 million Georgians, most of them children of lower-income parents


The programs' financial crunch also includes $245 million more in future claims from medical providers for services rendered but not yet billed. And it comes as Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare are undergoing a redesign process that seeks to improve health outcomes and contain spending.


A consulting firm, in a state-commissioned report on the Medicaid redesign, recommended that people with disabilities and in nursing homes be switched to a managed care format, run by private companies. Though 25 percent of the Medicaid enrollment is in the ''aged, blind and disabled'' (ABD) population, that segment accounts for 54 percent of overall Medicaid spending.


David Cook, commissioner of Community Health, noted during the board meeting that coordinating care can improve health outcomes and save money.


The Medicaid budget numbers ''are pretty daunting,'' he said. "Figuring out where we go, particularly with ABD, is where the focus will be.''


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Mark Your Calendar



What: "The Road to Freedom," a Policy Briefing Luncheon

When: Noon, Wednesday, Jun 27, 2011

Where: The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30339

 Register by Monday, June 25, online at 





2012 Annual National Forum on Education Policy  

July 9 - 11, 2012 

Education Commission of the States
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA
For more information, contact:


[email protected] 



What's Up, Doc: What You Need to Know About Medical School 2012

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)  Sponsor:  SOWEGA AHEC



Georgia Oral Health Summit

Monday, August 13, 2012

Macon, GA

Registration and Agenda coming soon!


2012Georgia Rural Health Association Annual Conference

September 17-19, 2012



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 National Medicare Region IV Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Aug 21 - 23, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Atlanta, GA

Information and Registration Link


2012 Annual NASCSP Conference

Sep 11 - 14, 2012 

National Association for State Community Services Programs

Grand Hyatt Atlanta

Atlanta, GA 



ICD-10-CM Workshop

Dec 14, 2012  

American Medical Association

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Details and Registration

For more information, contact: Desiree Evans

[email protected]

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