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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.

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NEW!  Health and Human Services announces $840 million initiative to improve patient care and lower costs. This initiative will fund medical providers to rethink and redesign their practices, moving from systems driven by quantity of care to ones focused on patients’ health outcomes, and coordinated health care systems. For more information, click here

Food Processor is a software program that can analyze a recipe and its ingredients for nutritional content.  The software also includes a fitness component and a Diet Log component that allows patients/clients to log on and provide their diet recalls.  It is copyrighted by ESHA Research.  Click here for more details.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K.Wakefield, PhD, RN, announced the release of a series of grant awards to support health care in rural areas, including funds to help communities build networks of care, improve emergency medical services, and access resources and expertise for telehealth solutions. Read more.

Schools can transform into active environments by providing students with quality physical education (PE) and opportunities to stay active each day. Two new resources from CDC, 2012 Physical Education Profiles Report (PE Profiles) and the 2012 Physical Education Profiles Fact Sheet, examine the policies and practices of select secondary schools and identify best practices and areas for improvement.

Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) last week introduced bipartisan legislation to expand telehealth services under Medicare. The bill, titled the “Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014” puts telehealth services under Medicare on the path toward parity with in-person healthcare visits. Click here for more.

The Community Health Online Resource Center provides a host of tools to support environmental changes that address obesity and tobacco use. Tools include webinars, model policies, toolkits, databases, fact sheets, and other practical materials. For more information, click here.

Representative Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, co-chair of the Congressional Taskforce on Childhood Obesity, introduced the Fit for Life Act, a bill aimed at preventing obesity through support for healthy eating and active living initiatives. Provisions of the bill include an expansion of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to secondary schools and child care centers, grants for healthy food access and summer meals programs, and more. Click here for more details.

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Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH)

Transforming the delivery of care

Despite spending far more per capita on health care than any other country in the world ($8,608 per person) [1], the United States consistently lags far behind many countries in terms of health outcomes, quality, and efficiency. In a 2013 Bloomberg ranking of nations with the most efficient health care systems, the United States ranked 46th among the 48 countries included in the study.[2] [3] Furthermore, it is estimated that our country spends a staggering $700 billion annually on unnecessary health care services.[4]

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Grantee Spotlight


The Health and Wellness Cooperative of Northern Michigan was created to address the identified need to strengthen primary care health care delivery in rural, Northern Michigan, including improving patient access, creating cost effective medical care and high quality and support of the patient-centered medical home model of care delivery.

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Grantees in the News


Saturday, October 25, 2014

On the Move in Kentucky with UNITE

In December 2013, On the Move, was started by nonprofit law enforcement group, Operation UNITE.  The goal of this program was to offer ...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Biking program geared towards Copper Country kids

Western U.P. Health Department introduced children to the summer biking season by teaching the ins and outs of mountain biking. This program is ...