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GRHA Newsletter  Week of August 10, 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 


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Keystone Mercy Health Plan


Tift Regional Medical Center


Prognosis Health Information Systems


River Valley Commission - AAA


Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists




Rosie Mangual 

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!
This offer will end August 23, 2012

Doctors Just say no to new Medicaid Patients 

By Sheryl Nance-Nash 


Medicaid is supposed to be a safety net. Yet, one in three doctors in the United States doesn't accept new patients who are covered by Medicaid, the federal program that is expected to enroll millions more low-income people as part of health care reform, according to a new government study, reported on by the Wall Street Journal. 


GRHA Corporate Members


Summit Funding Group


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 





Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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Win $400 in Rural Photo Contest


NRHA's Communications Committee has planned the association's first photo contest, Rural Lens, and is accepting photos in three categories - community outreach, people and landscape - through Aug. 15.NRHA Facebook fans will select their favorite photos throughout September. The winner in each category will have their image featured in NRHA's Rural Roads magazine, and the grand prize photographer will receive a $400 American Express gift card from the NRHA Partnership Program. 


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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

Reservations: 1-888-312-8002

GRHA Room Rate Ends August 11

Callaway Gardens Resort


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


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Health agency budgets facing cuts in coming years

By Andy Miller


This year, Georgia's three main health agencies largely escaped the state budget knife. They may not be so fortunate in 2013.


Gov. Nathan Deal's Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) has ordered state agencies to prepare a budget that will have a 3 percent reduction in spending for both the current fiscal year's amended budget and the fiscal 2014 blueprint. (Funding for schools apparently is exempted from the cuts.)


The OPB also said that the Medicaid program is in line for an additional 2 percent cut in fiscal 2014, for a total of 5 percent.


Budgets can change dramatically before final legislative approval next year, with proposed cuts being lessened or dropped entirely while new ones are implemented.


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Georgia Board of Public Health seeks input as it begins planning for future spending 
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and its Board of Public Health will seek public input as the agency begins to plan for the state fiscal year 2013 amended and 2014 general budgets. In an effort to strengthen community involvement, a public budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at 2 Peachtree Street, NW, 5th Floor Board Room, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142.
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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.


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Mark Your Calendar


2012 Georgia Rural Health Association Annual Conference

September 17-19, 2012



Diabetes Update

Wednesday, August 22, 8-4:30 pm

Houston Health Pavilion 

Warner Robbins, GA

More Information



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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