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The Community Health Systems Development (CHSD) Team of the Georgia Health Policy Center is located within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Our Team provides technical assistance to support a broad range of health initiatives, predominately those striving to improve health and access in rural communities throughout the United States. We hope you will find the information on this site to be of interest and the resources to be of value. In addition, we want to help you make connections with other organizations who are undertaking similar programs. Submit your questions or suggestions to chsdteam@gsu.edu

Did You Know


The Milbank Memorial Fund just released a national report on telehealth private payer laws. The report analyzes the body of state-level telehealth reimbursement policies and seeks to understand how these policies impact telehealth utilization, and the effect private payer laws have on selected commercial payers. Includes information on payment parity laws, modalities, site restrictions, Medicaid policies, and more. Click here to access the report.


  • June 27-28  Benefits Counseling Peer Learning Seminar - Atlanta, Georgia


Implementing Physical Activity and Nutrition Programs in School Settings

Much has been written about childhood obesity in the last five years and millions of federal dollars have been invested in interventions and policies.  A focus of youth obesity prevention efforts inevitably targets the school setting.  Why? Over 95 percent of children and youth are enrolled in schools (National Center for Education Statistics) and physical activity and healthy eating have long been fundamental aspects of the education system in the United States.  Because recent research has demonstrated the connection between physical activity, good nutrition, and academic performance as well as the impact of targeted, sustained obesity prevention interventions on children’s health, schools are seen as an effective system for addressing childhood obesity and its related behaviors. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.) Read more

Grantees in the News

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Honors Rural Health Champions with the 2017 Rural Heath Awards Read More

Funding Opportunities

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

HRSA-18-034 | Office of Rural Health Policy

Application Accepted: 12/21/2017 to 02/23/2018

Projected Award Date: 07/01/2018 

Up to 20 rural public and nonprofit entities forming a consortium of three or more organizations will be awarded total funding of $2 million to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network at the local level.  By emphasizing the role of networks, the program creates a platform for medical care providers, social service providers, and community organizations to coalesce key elements of a rural health care delivery system for the purpose of improving local capacity and coordination of care.  Previous Network Planning grantees have focused on behavioral health, care coordination, infrastructure, health information technology, and health education.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sara Afayee: SAfayee@hrsa.gov.