The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance – the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians- is pleased to announce a matching grant for its nationally recognized Community Health Grant program from Alpharetta-based Jackson Healthcare. The matching grant will fund additional healthcare projects across Georgia in 2018 for communities that identify their urgent health needs.
Since launching the Community Grant Award Program in 2012, the Alliance has given more than $198,245 to 45 local healthcare projects. Jackson Healthcare’s generous contribution will enable the Alliance to continue to help Georgians like “Patrice,” a 53-year-old woman with no resources diagnosed with ovarian cancer after a visit to her local emergency room. She was advised to apply for the hospital’s Indigent Care Program, but informed she first needed a referral from a primary care doctor. A grant to the Hearts and Hands charitable care clinic in Statesboro provided lifesaving help when she needed it most. The clinic staff immediately added her to the schedule where she was seen by a family physician and referred to a gynecological oncologist. The clinic assisted her in enrolling in the Indigent Care Program and she had successful surgery the following week.
“This matching grant is a remarkable gift that affirms the vital work family physicians are doing throughout the state for Georgia’s most fragile citizens,” said Evelyn Lewis & Clark MD, President of the Alliance. “We hope Jackson Healthcare’s generous gift will encourage other businesses, corporations and individuals to partner with the Alliance to help family physicians advance our commitment for a healthier Georgia.”
“The Community Health Grant program allows Georgia’s businesses to partner with family physicians to improve the lives of Georgians with specific healthcare needs,” said Shane Jackson, president of Jackson Healthcare. “We are thankful for the invaluable work family physicians do each day to keep us healthy and productive. I encourage my business leader peers to partner with the Alliance to support the vital work they are doing,” he added.
Founded in 1987, the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance’s mission is to serve the people of Georgia by enhancing their well-being through educational and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of family medicine. The Georgia Healthy Family
Alliance is the only charitable organization in Georgia whose objective is to improve health care through programs led and supported by family physicians. The Alliance relies on the leadership, support and generosity of family physicians and corporate donors to fulfill our mission. Visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org to learn more.