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The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) has named of the six communities as recipients of the Health Opportunity Pilot Awards.

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) at Georgia State University has revealed the names of the six communities selected as recipients of the Health Opportunity Pilot Awards. These communities, strategically located across Georgia, have been chosen for their 10-year plans to enhance access to Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being.

The selected communities will benefit from financial resources and technical support as part of the Statewide Health Equity Initiative. Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this initiative is being executed in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Health Policy Center.

Tanisa Adimu, Associate Project Director at GHPC, spoke about the competitive nature of the selection process and commended the winning communities for their ambitious visions. “The selected communities recognize that no one program can solve entrenched challenges like poverty or affordable housing. They are working on ambitious, community-driven plans to improve health, equity, and well-being by bringing together partners from all different sectors that have a shared goal of creating opportunities for all residents to thrive,” said Adimu.

The six Health Opportunity Pilot Communities are as follows:

  1. Community Helping Place (Lumpkin County): Aiming to address the unique health challenges in Lumpkin County, this community-driven initiative is committed to enhancing the overall well-being of its residents.
  2. Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia (Macon-Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, and Twiggs counties): Spanning multiple counties, this collaborative effort seeks to create a unified approach to health and well-being, particularly in the areas of crisis intervention and safety.
  3. Ser Familia (Cobb County): Focused on the diverse population of Cobb County, this initiative strives to foster familial well-being and community support structures.
  4. St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (Wilkinson County): In Wilkinson County, this community, centered around the church, is dedicated to promoting health and well-being as integral parts of their congregants’ lives.
  5. Ubuntu Community Catalyst (South Fulton County): South Fulton County’s community-driven plan aims to harness the power of collaboration to uplift the health and well-being of its residents through a shared vision.
  6. YouthServ360 (doing business as 7 Pillars Career Academy, Clayton County): Focused on the youth in Clayton County, this initiative strives to provide comprehensive support and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The awarded communities are now poised to embark on transformative journeys, working towards a healthier and more equitable future for all residents.

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