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News & Announcements

New Planning Tool Relaunches

The new and improved Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool supports public health departments and their partners in navigating challenges and opportunities introduced by health reform. The tool is a one-stop resource that supports development of action plans for health system transformation. It features an interactive tutorial and guide to help public health leaders respond strategically to the legal, administrative, and financial challenges and opportunities created by a health reform-catalyzed health system transformation.

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GHPC Helps Translate Final Medicaid Rule on Home and Community-Based Services

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) works to improve the lives of those who are aging and disabled. As part of these efforts, members of GHPC ‘s long-term services and supports team presented “The New Medicaid HCBS Settings Rule: What You Need to Know” at the Georgia Gerontology Society 2016 annual conference (Aug. 10; Jekyll Island, Ga.)  The presentation helped to translate the complexities of the final rule for HCBS providers as they begin planning to meet the 2019 compliance deadline.

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Health Care Finance and Systems Thinking Learning Series Presents First Awards

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) presented certificates to the first 13 graduates of the Health Care Finance and Systems Thinking Learning Series on July 21. The series was developed for senior leaders in the Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH’s) Medical Assistance Plans Division, which administers the state’s Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids programs.

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26 Schools Selected as 2016-2017 SHAPE Grantees

Georgia SHAPE, the Governor’s childhood obesity initiative, awarded 26 schools $104,000 in physical activity and nutrition grants for the 2016-2017 school year. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) administers the grant program while the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) provides technical assistance (TA) to the school grantees as they plan and implement programs and policies to improve the overall health of their students.

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Using Health Impact Assessment To Influence MCH Outcomes

Health Impact Assessments Can Aid Maternal & Child Health Practitioners

A newly released video from the National MCH Workforce Development Center provides an overview of how the HIA process can be useful for MCH professionals as they address the underlying social and environmental determinants of health.
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Building and Bridging: Collaborating to Improve Health

The GHPC’s Bridging for Health team is partnering with the Build Healthy Places Network on a Fast Facts and Jargon Buster series focused on achieving health equity by innovating new financing and stewardship models. Follow along as we define and demystify terms like Wellness Trust, Accountable Care Organizations, Pay for Success Models, and more.
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Take-Home Advice from Community Initiatives Improving Health & Equity
Thousands of communities are moving forward on their long, but important journeys to improve population health. These regular updates, produced by Communities Joined in Action (CJA), are intended to provide usable, take-home advice that can accelerate local organizations’ efforts towards achieving better health and well-being for their communities.
Use of Preventive Measures Lacking With Sickle Cell Disease
Preventive treatments are known to prevent major complications associated with sickle cell disease, including pneumococcal infection and stroke. However, many young children are not receiving these effective preventive measures, according to a study co-authored by the Georgia Health Policy Center, published in the July sickle cell-focused supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Paper Offers Strategies to Improve Rural Access to Care in Georgia
The health care safety net is vulnerable, particularly in Georgia’s rural areas, according to a study published by the Georgia Health Policy Center in the spring supplement to the Journal of Georgia Public Health Association, Two Georgias: Addressing Health Equity in Rural Georgia. But in a time of health system transformation, there are steps rural providers can take to enhance the sustainability of the rural safety net.
Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia Serves as Pooled Funding Model
The Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia brings together many emerging dynamics being used by collaboratives to address large societal problems including pooling funding from multiple private foundations; full-fledged cross-sector collaboration; and utilization of a third-party intermediary to facilitate the effort. These features are highlighted in a paper about the collaborative published in Foundation Review. In addition to implementing pooled funding with multi-foundation participation, the collaborative was able to align its investments to complement and leverage public funds.
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Job Opportunities

The GHPC has the following employment opportunities available. All interested candidates must apply through the Georgia State University Human Resources website.
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Events & More

October 1-4, 2016
London, England

2nd International Conference on Realist Evaluation and Synthesis: Advancing Principles, Strengthening Practice
Glenn M. Landers will present a poster, “A Developmental/Realist Evaluation of Collective Impact in Colorado, USA”.
October 17-19, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference
GHPC will be in attendance at this event. Please  visit us at booth ______.
October 18, 2016
Athens, GA

2016 State of Public Health Conference
Karen will present on Innovations in Financing and will lead a workshop on the Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool at the University of Georgia sponsored event.
October 24 - 29, 2016
Atlanta, GA
American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference

Colleen Smith, Jimmy Dills and Ann DiGirolamo will present on Empowerment Evaluation: Insights, Reflections, and Implications.
October 27, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies 20th Anniversary Celebration

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius will present on "The Future of Health Care". Please register for this event.
October 29 - November 2, 2016
Denver, CO
American Public Health Association (APHA)

Glenn M. Landers will lead two round table discussions and Criss Hopson will present a poster. GHPC will also have a booth. Please visit us at booth 1003.
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