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GHPC 2016
Happy holidays and best wishes for a happy, healthy, new year from the Georgia Health Policy Center!

Bridging for Health Site Search

Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University, is a national effort supporting and accelerating the work of local initiatives. We are looking for additional sites with:

  • A mature, well-organized, and appropriately staffed collaborative in place;
  • An innovative financing concept already underway, ready to implement, or in the planning stages. Above all, a willingness to get started and experiment is desired; and
  • A vision and strategy to improve the overall health in your community with an eye toward health equity.
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Photography Exhibit Documents Journeys from Long-Term Care Back to the Community

Thirty photographs that document the transition of five individuals moving from long-term care facilities back into the community were displayed as part of the “Gaining Freedom, Coming Home” exhibition on November 16. The exhibit showcased the journeys of five people — Yaser, Danny, Patricia, Michelle and Tammy — as they left long-term care facilities and returned to their community as part of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.

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Reading, Writing and Mental Health Care: Why schools need added services


Ann DiGirolamo, director of the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health and Deana Farmer, Senior Research Associate, have been published in the independent news outlet The Conversation. Their story “Reading, writing and mental health care: why schools need added services” focuses on the need for school-based mental health and highlights the Georgia Apex program, initiated by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education.

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GHPC to Support 10 New PCORI ‘Pipeline to Proposal’ Awardees

Ten new projects were selected for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI’s) Tier I cycle 3 “Pipeline to Proposal” Awards program through the Southern Pipeline Award Program Office at the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC). Additionally, nine previous southern regional awardees progressed to the next phase of the program.

The goal of the Pipeline to Proposal initiative is to strengthen the decision-making role of patient and community stakeholders in research.

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Faith Leaders Work to Improve Community Health

Faith-based leaders and church wellness teams can be mobilized to assess health needs and implement chronic disease prevention initiatives in rural areas. The findings, presented at the American Public Health Association annual meeting (Oct. 29-Nov. 2; Denver, CO) by Georgia’s Tanner Health System in partnership with the Georgia Health Policy Center, suggest that evidence-based programs, offered in churches and led by church representatives, can target the health needs of African American populations living in rural areas.
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Cancer Survivors Have Unmet Emotional Needs

In Georgia, there are currently close to 410,740 cancer survivors. New research shows that many of these survivors have unmet emotional needs related to cancer survivorship and few of these patients receive survivorship resources to address these needs. However, patients that do access these resources overwhelmingly find them helpful. Further outreach is needed to address unresolved distress tied to cancer survivorship and to better understand issues around access to evidence-based survivorship resources, particularly among survivors with limited English proficiency, lacking access to technology, and in minority populations.
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Evidence-Based Practices Difficult to Adopt in Rural Communities

Rural communities face challenges adopting evidence-based and promising health practices. These communities often must make deliberate modifications to translate recognized practices into local rural community settings according to the paper, “Selecting, Adapting, and Implementing Evidence- based Interventions in Rural Settings: An Analysis of 70 Community Examples,” published in the November 2016 supplement to the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
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Events & More

December 15, 2016
National Web Forum

Leading Through Health System Change 2.0 - The Sequel!

GHPC will present a national web forum for the planning tool which relaunched in October with the support of NNPHI and the CDC. During the forum, presenters will demonstrate the tool and the online experience.

January 19-21, 2017
Atlanta, GA
The Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership
Health Equity Leadership Workshop

January 24, 2017
Atlanta, GA

4th Annual Atlanta Community Food Bank Partner Agency Conference
January 30-31, 2017
Washington, DC

AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference
February 15-17, 2017
San Antonio, TX
Communities Joined In Action National Conference
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