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GRHA Newsletter  Week of January 24, 2014    [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 2014 GRHA Board of Directors


Dr. Ann Addison

Immediate Past President

Denise Kornegay

President Elect

Shelly Spires

Vice- President



Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland Gillman

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Mary Mathis

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Chuck Adams

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

GRHA welcomes new  Individual Members!
Sam Murray of Mercer University School of Medicine 

Tina Hood of Southland, MD 

Russ Frederick
Carr Riggs & Ingram
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Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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Rural Health Workforce and the Challenges Ahead

Patient Centered Medical Home: The Basics and How it Works



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State Capitol 


R.A.I.S.E. 2014 GRHA Legislative Agenda


Rural Health Day at the Capitol


Wednesday, March 5, 2014


State Capitol




8:00 am -12:00 pm


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Fix the primary care shortage before it's a crisis
By: Denise Kornegay and Matt Caseman   Published: Jan 23, 2014 

The state has only 200 physicians for every 100,000 people. That ratio makes it 39th in the nation. (Some states have ratios as high as 350 per 100,000.)


This shortage is a direct result of the Congressional Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which froze Medicare-funded graduate medical education residency numbers and locations across the country.


Since that time, Georgia's population has grown nearly 77 percent, while national population growth was 36 percent, and several Northern states showed only minimal population growth or none at all.


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Oops. Closing rural hospitals would be 'unthinkable,' state lawmaker now says

By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
January 23, 2014

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin opens your day with this significant bit of hard news:

State Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, said Wednesday that closing rural hospitals is an "unthinkable proposition" - two days after telling an Atlanta radio station that some rural hospitals "need to close."


The chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, Cooper told the AJC that closing hospitals "would have serious consequences on the affected community, hurting it economically and limiting access to acute care for Georgians."

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 The Georgia Department of Community Health, State Office of Rural Health is proud to announce the 2014 Rural Health Network Grant opportunity.  


Rural Health Network Grant - FY 14

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Mark Your Calendar


Georgia Breast Cancer Genomic Health Consortium

Conference - The First Line of Defense: Application of Breast Cancer Genomic Standards in Primary Care

February 21, 2014

Callaway Gardens Lodge and Spa

Learn more


Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

5th Annual Spring Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Omni Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center

Atlanta, GA 30303




Rural Mental Health: Professional Challenges of Practice

02.06.14     12:15pm-1:15pm

FREE Webinar with CME/GNA/LPCAGA hour

Jackson Rainer, PhD, ABPP

Department Head, Professor

Psychology and Counseling, Valdosta State University




Contemporary Topics in Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology

02.13.14    12:15pm - 1:15pm

FREE Webinar with CME/GNA/LPCAGA hour

Felissa Goldstein, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Interim Medical Director

Marcus Autism Center

Clinical Assistant Professor

Emory University

Medical Staff

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta




Matt Caseman