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GRHA Newsletter  Week of April 11, 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

Dr. Mary Mathis


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland 

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Charles Owens

Chuck Adams

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Sam Johnson

Sherrie Williams

John Butts

Matt Caseman 


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GRHA welcomes new Bronze Corporate Member


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Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



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Blue Cross Blue Shield 


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2014 County Health Rankings 
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Free GRHA archived webinars are available for viewing:

Rural Health Workforce and the Challenges Ahead

Patient Centered Medical Home: The Basics and How it Works



Funding And Opportunties

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Affordable Care for those still uninsured
Affordable Care for those still uninsured HD

|Nurse practitioners are providing badly needed health care to the uninsured working poor in Appalachia -- medical mercy for those left out of Obamacare and ineligible for Medicaid. Scott Pelley reports.
Georgia's rate of uninsured children drops

By Marcy Williams

Atlanta - 

Fewer children lack health insurance coverage in Georgia.  

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the number of kids in Georgia without health insurance is down from 11.5 percent in 2008 to 9.4 percent in 2012.  More children are covered by Medicaid or PeachCare.  

Still, Georgia has the tenth-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.  The report points to a drop in coverage through parents' employer-sponsored health plans, reflecting a national trend.

These numbers were compiled before enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.



Provider Update


Background: Find the answers to frequently asked questions about Georgia Families 360


Georgia Families 360 will transition to Amerigroup on March 3, 2014. To ensure a smooth transition, we would like to share information with you about the program. 


Purpose: It is our goal to improve access to physical and behavioral health services, coordination of care and health outcomes for our Georgia Families 360 members.


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Busting 5 HIE Myths in Rural Healthcare
Many rural healthcare providers seem to feel like the ugly stepchildren when it comes to health information exchange(HIE) engagement. They're often an afterthought or at least, a secondary participant in HIEs - if they are asked to participate at all.


It's not surprising that there are lots of myths out there about HIE in the rural healthcare community. It's a subject that I'm passionate about because I believe that collaborative care ultimately means better, more affordable healthcare - you guessed it, through HIEs.


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Funding Opportunities



Open funding opportunities through HRSA programs include:


HEALTHY START - HRSA is re-opening the competition period for Healthy Start, a program run by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and up to 36 rural communities could be awarded up to $30 million to improve perinatal care outcomes. This is an important opportunity to increase access to perinatal care and reduce child and maternal health disparities in rural communities; please distribute widely to any rural stakeholders who may be interested in applying.  The guidance has changed significantly and the pool of funding is now available to a much broader range of potential applicants.  This is a unique opportunity for rural communities seeking to improve perinatal health.   


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Mark Your Calendar




National Rural Health Association

37th Annual Rural Health Conference 

April 22-25

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Georgia Charitable Care Network

10th Annual Conference: Harnessing the Power of Change

May 5-6, 2014
Glendalough Manor
Tyrone, GA

For registration information, click here.


Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

3rd Annual Medical Fair 

Location: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria

Date: 09/05/2014- 09/07/2014 

More information coming soon!




Matt Caseman