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GRHA Newsletter    Week of July 27, 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






Keystone Mercy Health Plan


Tift Regional Medical Center


Prognosis Health Information Systems


River Valley Commission - AAA


Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists





Esther Familia-Cabrera

Dixanne Parker

Carol Smith


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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

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2012 Rural Health Clinic Conference Recorded Webinars


Southwest GA AHEC Distance Learning 




GRHA Corporate Members


Summit Funding Group


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 





Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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 NRHA seeks volunteer leaders  


The National Rural Health Association is currently seeking volunteers for leadership positions within its Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress.

NRHA's strength and success is largely the result of leaders, members and staff working together with a common purpose to ensure the broadest range and highest quality of health care services for rural America.

Our annual nomination and election process is key to the ongoing need to maintain the flow of our volunteer leadership.

We ask that you give thoughtful consideration to nominating or accepting nomination as an NRHA leader.

The Nominations and Credentials Committee is soliciting nominations for several NRHA leadership positions that will begin Jan. 1, 2013.

For more information on nominations, the leadership structure of the Board of Trustees, and its development path, click here. Nomination forms are due by Sept. 4.


  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



Funding And Opportunties

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Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


USDA, Rural Development Community Facilities Program  

July Health Observances


Cord Blood Awareness Month 


International Group B Strep Awareness Month


Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month


National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month


UV Safety Month

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2012 Georgia Rural Health Association 

Annual Conference

September 17 -19, 2012

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

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Conference Agenda

Keynote Speakers


David Cook, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and;


Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)



 Deadline extended to September 7, 2012


Deadline is August 1, 2012


Callaway Gardens Resort  

Reservations: 1-888-312-8002

Ask for GRHA Rate


Attendee Registration

Sponsor Registration



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2012 Coding  Certification Bootcamp

October 24-26, 2012

Archbold Memorial Hospital

Williams Auditorium

Thomasville, GA





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The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals,
in association with the Georgia Rural Health Association, is proud to announce the
1st Annual Medical Fair
New this year!

October 12-13, 2012

 Greensboro, Georgia


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Telemedicine making big difference for society's smallest victims  

A 9-year-old girl in rural Georgia discloses the unthinkable: sexual abuse by her stepfather.


The case is referred to police and local child welfare officials, who contact the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children. A doctor soon conducts a physical examination and speaks with the child.


What makes this story different is the geographic distance between the doctor and the child. The center is in Atlanta, and its medical director, Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, handles the "visit" in real time through telemedicine. The little girl is able to stay close to home in her rural area, in more familiar and reassuring surroundings.



PPACA Legislation - more than just a tax debate

With the dust having settled a bit on the legal front since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"), there has been no such settling on the media and propaganda front. Pundits and talking heads from both sides have declared both victory and travesty from Chief Justice John Roberts' ruling on June 28, 2012. Whether the "penalty" is a tax seems to be the favorite topic of debate and scorn. However, I strongly believe it misses the point of the law and its impact on our nation's future.


To be frank, I share the fundamental concern of many of my conservative friends about the ability of the Federal government to impose "commerce" on its citizens. This move, in my opinion, takes us down a path that I am not sure we want to explore in great depth. But I am equally concerned that our national "General Welfare" is not addressed or kept in the forefront when we allow so many Americans to be left without care or financially crippled by the cost of seeking life-saving treatment.



Apply for a $25,000 Rural Health Award


Do you have an idea for improving health in rural communities?


The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, based in North Carolina, recently announced the "Innovations in Rural Health Award" and is seeking ideas to address rural health care challenges. Up to three winners will receive a $25,000 New Rural Award for their innovative and inspiring ideas. Any individual or organization from across the U.S. is welcome to apply.


Learn More 


 Funding Opportunity 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Due date: Concept Papers: Before August 9, 2012 3 PM ET; Invited Proposals Deadline: May 31, 2012, July 31, 2012, and October 4, 2012 by 3 pm ET 
URL/web site: 
Eligibility: Preference will be given to applicant organizations that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
Broadcast date: 2012-04-24 
Keywords: Child & Adolescent Health; Nutrition & Obesity


Mark Your Calendar



Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome: Downstream Economic & Patient Impact

Friday, August 10, 2012
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (EST)

Presenter: Omar M. Lattouf, MD, PhD, FACC, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine




Georgia Oral Health Summit

Monday, August 13, 2012

Macon, GA

Registration and Agenda coming soon!


2012 Georgia 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


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


GAFP's 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Assembly

November 8-10, 2012

Cobb Galleria- Atlanta, GA

For more information:


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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