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GRHA Newsletter    Week of August 3, 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


Elected Official

Representative Barbara Sims


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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.



Funding And Opportunties

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Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


USDA, Rural Development Community Facilities Program  

August 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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Reservations: 1-888-312-8002

Ask for GRHA Rate


Attendee Registration

Sponsor Registration


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 


SOWEGA-AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Application has been submitted for 9.16 contact hours. 


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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


Medical Fair Home Page


The Branch 
August 2012
healthcare georgia foundation  
Notification of Funding Availability 
Direct Services Support Grant Cycle 2
Healthcare Georgia Foundation is pleased to announce the notification of funding availability (NOFA) for Direct Services Support Grants (Cycle 2). This NOFA launches Healthcare Georgia Foundation's second cycle of support available for nonprofit health organizations in 2012. The purpose of the Direct Services Support Grant funding program is to support healthcare services and health promotion programs that assist the Foundation with accomplishing its mission by funding program activities specifically related to: addressing health disparities, expanding access to affordable quality health care, or promoting health and preventing disease.


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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