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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

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CHSI is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors, and the physical environment. For more information, click here.

The Community Tool Box is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting an Out of the Box Prize to honor exemplary approaches to promoting community health and development. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000. All finalists' stories will be featured from the Community Tool Box website. For more information, click here.

The resource, Mapping Marketplace Enrollment, calculates by local area the percentage of potential ACA marketplace enrollees that signed up for a health plan in a federally-based exchange by mid-April 2014. It also displays the number of potential enrollees and the number of plan signups in 100,000-resident statistical geographical areas associated with a zip code.
Two critical state telemedicine policy reports which identify gaps in coverage and reimbursement, and in physician practice standards and licensure. These first-of-their-kind reports identify and compare state policies on a report card, assigning each state grades ranging from A-to-F based on telemedicine reimbursement and physician practice standards. Click here for more.

The open enrollment period for 2015 coverage begins November 15th 2015 through February 15th,2015.  If you are enrolled in a 2014 Marketplace plan, your benefit year ends December 31st, 2014. To continue health coverage in 2015, you can renew your current health plan or choose a new health plan through the Marketplace during the 2015 Open Enrollment period. Visit for more information.

Featured Article


Patient-Centered Oral Health Care: The Dental Home

Providing access to quality oral healthcare

Image of a child smiling in a dentist officeEveryone needs oral healthcare.  Who wouldn’t want care that was “…delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way”?[i]

These are the key features of a dental home that also provides for “…the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient,inclusive of all aspects of oral healthcare.” [1]

In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) coined the term medical home to refer to a pediatrician or other primary care physician who manages all aspects of pediatric care in a manner that is “… accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family centered, coordinated, and compassionate” as contrasted with the episodic and disconnected care provided in emergency departments, walk-in clinics, and some other settings that may be less effective and more costly. [2]   Over the years, the AAP was joined by other primary care provider organizations that supported and expanded on the concept of medical home, extending the list of core attributes needed for a source of health care to be a medical home to seven.[3] Read more....

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Grantee Spotlight

Northern Dental Access Center logoNorthern Dental Access Center is a non-profit, community agency that is operated by the Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center - a consortium of community stakeholders who share a commitment to assuring access to oral health by children and families in Northern Minnesota.  Click here to learn more about this organization.

Grantees in the News


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Rural Behavioral Health-Primary Care Collaborative was selected for NRHA’s Outstanding Rural Health Program for 2015

The Rural Behavioral Health-Primary Care Collaborative was selected for NRHA’s Outstanding Rural Health Program for 2015. ...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center’s (UGL) Pediatric Clinic has been recognized as a Site of Excellence through Michigan Care Improvement Registry

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center’s (UGL) Pediatric Clinic in Hancock, MI, has been recognized as a Site of Excellence through ...

FORHP Grant Announcements


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR)

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program ...