The Two Georgias Initiative
Achieving Health Equity in Rural Georgia
Whether it’s an aging population, a hospital closure, or the innovative departure of a community’s only family doctor or dentist, rural Georgians respond with ideas and new partnerships, and demonstrate what is possible when communities come together to address these critical health issues.
HealthTecdl is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of rural communities to achieve greater health equity. This includes efforts to address the structure, delivery, and financing of local healthcare; elimination of disparities in health outcomes and healthcare; and efforts to address the underlying social determinants of health. You’ll find that our programs are packed with information in support of The Two Georgias Initiative. To learn more about the Initiative, click here.
The Two Georgias Initiative
Healthcare Georgia Foundation awards grants to 11 Community Health Partnerships to expand access to quality healthcare in rural Georgia
Healthcare Georgia Foundation has announced grants of $770,000 to 11 statewide Community Health Partnerships for Phase I of The Two Georgias Initiative. The Initiative is the Foundation’s multi-year, place-based grantmaking program designed to reduce health disparities and achieve greater health equity among rural Georgians. Each rural partnership will develop Community Health Improvement Plans during the next 12 months for implementation in 2018 with increased funding. Click here for more information.
Nicoleta Serban, PhD
Coca Cola Associate Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology
Julie Swann, PhD
Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology
HealthTecdl is showcasing two program series designed to help your partnership be as successful as possible during The Two Georgias Initiative application process.
The first resource is an on demand, four-part series titled, Ignite! Getting Your Community Coalition Fired Up for Change. The series is based on a 2013 book by Dr. Frances Butterfoss by the same name. In this series, Dr. Butterfoss goes through the four steps of building and sustaining a coalition.
Ignite! Getting Your Community Coalition Fired Up for Change (A Four Part Series)
The second resource is a five-part series hosted by Porter Novelli to provide technical assistance to you as you develop your Community Health Improvement Plan for The Two Georgias Initiative.
The Two Georgias Initiative (Five-Part Series): Community Roadmaps to Change
On December 12th , Jana Thomas gave an overview on the Community Roadmap tool as a framework for your Community Health Improvement Plan. Community Roadmaps to Change is the first installment of the five-part series.
The Two Georgias Initiative (Five-Part Series): Planning to Plan
In January, Melissa Taylor provided information about preparing for a planning grant and what goes into a plan and things to consider in getting started, such as who needs to be involved, how to elicit participation, potential budget and resource needs. Planning to Plan is the second installment of the five-part series
The Two Georgias Initiative (Five-Part Series): Building Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity
In February, Nathaniel Smith, Founder and CEO of Partnership for Southern Equity, provided an overview of health equity, including its connection to the social determinants of health, and how these factors can inform your collaborative’s planning for this funding opportunity. Building Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity is the third installment of the five-part series.
The Two Georgias Initiative (Five-Part Series): Communication: Building Strategic Messaging and Frameworks to Fuel Partnerships
In March, Carla Cartwright provided information on how to build a plan for cross-partner communication to effectively engage coalition members, align on key points, share progress and sustain momentum during the planning stage. Communication: Building Strategic Messaging and Frameworks to Fuel Partnerships is the fourth installment of the five-part series.
The Two Georgias Initiative (Five-Part Series): Putting it All Together- Resources for Building Your Community Health Improvement Plan
This webinar will provide an overview of the preparatory content discussed earlier in the series to guide the establishment of a community health partnership and development of an effective community health improvement plan.
WATCH NOW: The full directory of The Two Georgias Initiative/ Rural Health On Demand Programs on HealthTecdl
On January 11, 2017, at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released its report on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in a live event in Washington, DC.
Find out what are the roots of health inequities in the United States and what are some promising solutions communities can use to advance health equity.
On May 22, 2017, at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST, the Region IV Public Health Training Center hosted the webinar Health Equity in the Face of Change: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism with Dr. Camara Jones. Dr. Jones presented the three dimensions of health intervention: providing health services, addressing the social determinants of health (including poverty and neighborhood conditions), and addressing the social determinants of equity (including racism and other systems of structured inequity).
On Monday, February 26, 2018 at 12:00 -1:30 PM EST, the Region IV Public Health Training Center hosted the webinar Understanding the Rural Landscape: What Works in Improving Health and Well-Being.This webinar addressed what works to reduce disparities in rural communities and what’s needed in future research and practice. The presentation provided information about existing tools and an the upcoming launch of a compendium of resources that can be helpful when adapting interventions to the needs of rural communities.
The recently released CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Invasive Cancer Incidence, 2004-2013, and Deaths, 2006-2015, in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties – United States, provides the first comprehensive description of cancer incidence and mortality in rural and urban counties in the U.S. On August 30th, the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series webinar provided insights into this report, which found that rural counties have a higher incidence of and death rates from cancers related to tobacco use and cancers that can be prevented by screening.
The goal of The Two Georgias Initiative is to foster healthcare innovation by supporting local partnerships seeking to improve health and expand access to quality healthcare services in Georgia’s rural communities.