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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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NEW! November 2nd-8th is National Diabetes Education Week. American Association of Diabetes Educators has some valuable resources for educators as well as upcoming webinars. Please visit for more information.
NEW! 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.

NEW! The Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit provides comprehensive policy options for healthy eating and active living that rural communities can implement to address this threat to children’s health. To access this toolkit, click here.

NEW! 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.

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.

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Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH)

Transforming the delivery of care

Doctor holding a sign that says We Care About YouDespite 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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Grantees in the News


Monday, November 03, 2014

Western U.P. Health Department says local food is good!

During the month of October the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton, Michigan local farmers, retailers and consumers gathered to celebrate ...

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 ...

ORHP Grant Announcements


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program-HRSA-15-036

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the (FY) 2015 Rural Health ...

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program-HRSA-15-039

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce that the FY15 Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program funding ...