Georgia Partnership for Telehealth Awarded the HRSA Rural Child Poverty Telehealth Network Grant

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Georgia Children’s Health Improvement Network (GCHIN) Will Collectively Use Grant Resources to Improve the State’s Pediatric Care

Of Georgia’s 159 counties, 91 counties were found to have persistent poor children’s health.

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth(GPT), a charitable nonprofit promoting the establishment of telemedicine programs in communities throughout Georgia, announces that Georgia Children’s Health Improvement Network (GCHIN), of which GPT is a member, has been awarded the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Child Poverty Telehealth Network Grant.

GCHIN is made up of a variety of organizations that intend to improve the pediatric healthcare system throughout Georgia via telemedicine, including Mercer University College of Health Professions (MUCHP), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Appling HealthCare System, Appling County Board of Education, Appling Community Connection, Atkinson Family Connection Collaborative and Atkinson County Board of Education.

The purpose of GCHIN is to address the urgent healthcare needs of approximately 5,333 school aged children battling the ill effects of lack of pediatric specialty care, lack of access to asthma specialists and lack of access to behavioral health specialists in Atkinson County and Appling County.

“A recent study conducted by the University of Georgia found that Georgia ranks near the bottom in terms of the overall health of its citizens,” said Sherrie Williams, executive director of GPT. “Of Georgia’s 159 counties, 91 counties were found to have persistent poor children’s health. It’s GPT’s mission to dramatically change that number through the use of telemedicine. Together GCHIN is setting out to drastically reduce acute medical visits, emergency department visits, school absenteeism and hospitalizations among children from low socio-economic homes in rural Georgia communities. This grant will help us on our way to that goal in a variety of ways.”    

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About Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth is a charitable nonprofit corporation, which was formed to promote improvements in healthcare and healthcare facilities in communities by assisting in the establishment of telemedicine programs. GPT is known as the leading agency globally focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology. GPT is one of the entities that belong to the Global Partnership for TeleHealth.

The mission of the Global Partnership for TeleHealth is to deliver worldwide access to healthcare. Our unparalleled success in the United States in applying telehealth programs and services has assisted agencies in providing cost effective, efficient, and high quality healthcare. For more information visit the GPT website at http://www.gatelehealth.org.

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