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GRHA Newsletter  Week of September 7, 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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HHS Awards $58.7 Million to Bolster America's Health Care Workforce


Aug 30, 2012


Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $58.7 million in grants to strengthen training for health professionals and increase the size of our health care workforce.


"These grants and the programs they support are vital to achieving a comprehensive and culturally competent health professions workforce capable of meeting future health care challenges," Secretary Sebelius said.  


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Funding And Opportunties

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Serving those who have served
Educating Community Healthcare Providers Working With Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

(Lunch Included)

Location: Room #1909,

Nessmith-Lane Conference Center,

Georgia Southern University,

Statesboro, GA

Presenters: Amy M. Stevens, Ed.D.,



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Health care in rural areas: the answer is not more of the same
4 September 2012, 12.19pm AEST

The recent report of the 

Senate Inquiry into rural health services gave tantalising glimpses of how the future of rural health services should be. But its central theme is not new. The persistent and consistent message (that it's hard to get health professionals to work in rural areas because it's personally and professionally challenging) does little to get the policies rural communities really need to sustainably address health challenges.


But research considering what would make doctors and nurses (and now allied health professionals) work "out there" lumbers on, considering, for the most part, the carrot or the stick. It misses the fundamental point that addressing rural health care isn't about providing incentives or bonding individuals, but about changing the system.


Funding Opportunity 

The Georgia
 Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation accepts grant applications from September 1 through 15. 

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2012 Georgia Rural Health Association 

Annual Conference

September 17 -19, 2012

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

Rooms are still available in the surrounding areas.

For alternative lodging call 1-800-225-5292 or go to  


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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Hospitals wonder what's next after Gov. Deal's Medicaid decision

A frustrated Kurt Stuenkel, president and CEO of Floyd Medical Center, worries that both Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement will be cut in the wake of Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid prescribed by the Affordable Care Act.

"Part of the fabric of the Affordable Care Act is that the American Hospital Association, on behalf of hospitals throughout the nation, agreed to massive cuts in future reimbursement in exchange for the number of uninsured going down," Stuenkel said Thurs­day afternoon. "That is being accomplished by the expansion of Medicaid principally. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that this cannot be made mandatory on states, the major foundation for the expansion of coverage to the uninsured has been made optional, but the cuts that we agreed to as an industry are still there."

Stuenkel said he can now foresee cuts in both Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement with no more coverage. 

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Doctor Shortage May Swell to 130,000 With Cap
By Alex Wayne on August 29, 2012

With a shortage of doctors in the U.S. already and millions of new patients set to gain coverage under President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul, American medical schools are struggling to close the gap.


One major reason: The residency programs to train new doctors are largely paid for by the federal government, and the number of students accepted into such programs has been capped at the same level for 15 years. Medical schools are holding back on further expansion because the number of applicants for residencies already exceeds the available positions, according to the National Resident Matching Program, a 60-year-old Washington-based nonprofit that oversees the program.


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ORHP Funding Opportunity
The Office of Rural Health Policy recently announced an opportunity for rural communities to bring together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care. Applications are due Oct. 15. There will be a technical assistance call at 2 p.m. EDT Sept. 19 to assist in preparing applications.

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



 2012 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals 

Annual Conference

October 10-12, 2012

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.




2012 GAPHC Annual Conference

October 17 -19

InterContinental Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia



2012 Home Town Health Fall Conference

November 7-9

Callaway Gardens



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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