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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 Accountable Health Communities Model is currently accepting applications through March 31, 2016. The Model addresses a critical gap between clinical care and community services in the current health care delivery system by testing a systematic approach to identifying and addressing health-related  social needs of Medicare & Medicaid beneficiaries. The Model awards cooperative agreements to organizations chosen to participate in the model test To learn more, click here.

A helpful tool for program development and evaluation planning; Getting to Outcomes is a 10-step process developed out of the Rand Corporation that empowers prevention practitioners to plan, implement, and evaluate their programs.

Change Lab Solutions' goal is to integrate law and public health in order to achieve health  They offer sample laws and policies, provide analysis and recommendations on environmental change strategies and has developed educational toolkits and fact sheets to support stakeholders in their policy reform efforts.
The Community Health Improvement Navigator offers expert-vetted tools and resources for community stakeholders working on community health initiatives.  The site provides a flyer, fact sheet and a PPT presentation that can be used to engage stakeholders within and outside of an organization.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the seventh annual County Health Rankings today. The Rankings examine more than 30 factors affecting the health and well-being of people living in nearly every county in the United States, including adult obesity rates, physical inactivity rates, access to exercise opportunities, and a food environment index that measures both food insecurity and access to healthy food.



Preventing Diabetes In the Community

Case Study

Image of an apple, a diabetes blood checking machine, and other health foodsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States (or 8.3% of the population). About 18.8 million diabetics are diagnosed but approximately 7 million remain undiagnosed. Pre-diabetes, a condition in which individuals have blood glucose or A1c levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes, affects almost 35% of adults ages 20 years and older. People who are pre-diabetic are at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital program helps addicts get into treatment

An addict who ends up in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg now has a better chance of landing in a treatment program to get on the ...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Kennedy Wellness Center Opens with Unique Mission to Improve Health in Mississippi Delta

The James C. Kennedy Wellness Center opened recently in Charleston, Mississippi, and is heralded as an incredible opportunity for improved health ...

FORHP Grant Announcements


Telehealth Network Grant Program Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration

Funding Opportunity

This announcement solicits applications for the Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP). The primary objective of the TNGP as noted in Section 330I(d)(1) is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier, and under served communities.
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