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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! 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.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of up to $300 million under the Affordable Care Act to help the nation’s community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services.

Read more about today's announcement.

SAMHSA and HHS released new resources for Spanish-language speakers and professionals who work with Latinos. These resources were developed following the June 2013 National Conference on Mental Health to encourage partners and communities across the country to work together to address mental health issues. To download the toolkit, click here.

The Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2014,assesses states on 42 indicators of health care access, quality, costs, and outcomes over the 2007–2012 period, which includes the Great Recession and precedes the major coverage expansions of the Affordable Care Act. Click here to access an interactive map highlighting state rankings and performance.

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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.

Click here to learn more.

Grantees in the News


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MENTOR Health IT Program has a Successful Start!

On June 5, 2014, partners of the MENTOR Health Information Technology Training Program met at Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson to ...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rural hospitals get creative in staffing for IT needs

Some hospitals are training current employees such as nurses in IT skills, some are partnering with other hospitals to share IT staff and some are ...