SOWEGA-AHEC receives $24,000 grant

ALBANY -- The Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced Wednesday that $643,500 in grants were recently given to 12 organizations and programs statewide, including the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC) in Albany.

SOWEGA-AHEC received a $24,000 grant for support for the production of six HealthTecDL programs for the foundation's distance learning program.

"We are excited to continue our HealthTecDL collaboration with the Healthcare Georgia Foundation," said Michelle Huskey, continuing education coordinator for SOWEGA-AHEC. "Through this partnership, we are able to provide much needed online educational training for health professionals across the state of Georgia."

This grant is the fourth one SOWEGA-AHEC has received for its work with HealthTecDL. Highlights of the foundation's criteria for this grant award include the planning and delivery of six distance learning programs, providing access to continuing education programs and/or continuing medical education credits through HealthTecDL, collaborating to provide programming with other Georgia AHECs that identify practice gaps for primary care providers in the state and evaluating the quality of the programming delivered.

Included in the foundation's awards was support for the health policy and advocacy work that is considered to be critically needed in Georgia.

"Champions for better health and health care for Georgia's underserved individuals, families, and communities have made remarkable progress in communicating the needs of vulnerable populations while advancing solutions that benefit all Georgians," said Gary Nelson, the foundation's president, in a statement.

The other grant awards went to Foothills Area Health Education Center, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Georgia Women for a Change, Georgians for a Healthy Future, Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center, National Mental Health Association of Georgia, Pediatric Foundation of Georgia, Southeast Georgia Communities Project and Three Rivers AHEC.

By giving out these awards, which were distributed to the recipients before the new year, the foundation completed its 2011 grantmaking cycle at $3.8 million.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation. Its mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities.