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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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The Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently released three new fact sheets to help overcome obstacles and get rural dwellers the health benefits of walking and bicycling.

May is Older Americans Month,an ideal time to remind the nation’s older adults about the importance of taking care of their health. The NDEP’s Diabetes Resources for Older Adults web resource offers a collection of resources specifically for older adults who have diabetes or are trying to prevent the disease. This online resource provides helpful resources for healthcare professionals and caregivers of older adults.

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.

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Care Transitions

Improving Outcomes and Controlling Costs

Transitions between and within healthcare settings have been identified as a cause of harm to patients because of communications breakdowns and lack of continuity in care[1].Care transitions programs establish seamless transitions between facilities and seek to help patients better manage transitions from one care setting to another.

A key focus of many care transitions programs is the reduction of hospital re-admissions by improving post-discharge care and patient compliance with follow up care recommendations. One of the best ways for communities to reduce health care costs quickly and improve patient care in the process is to implement initiatives to reduce hospital re-admissions. Research studies and quality-reporting initiatives around the country show that 15-25% of people who are discharged from the hospital will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days or less, and that many of these re-admissions are preventable.[2] 


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Coordinated School Health Video - Stronger Body, Stronger Mind

The Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, developed a video highlighting the ...

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. ...