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This presentation provides an overview of the Georgia Health Policy Center, a research center at Georgia State University.

This presentation provides an overview of the Georgia Health Policy Center, a research center at Georgia State University.



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  • We were founded in 1995 out of the need for neutral, evidence-based data for the legislature (only in session 40 days/year). Began as Coalition for Health, comprised of consumers, providers, business and government: Georgia Health Decisions, citizen-based research organizationGeorgia Healthcare Provider Council, major provider-based organizationsGeorgia Business Forum on Health, affiliate of the Georgia Chamber of CommerceGeorgia’s public sector, including state and local governmentsand health-related agencies and institutionsJoined GSU in 1996, as part of College of HHS. Now a research center within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.Karen Minyard, Executive Director of the GHPC, is also an Associate Research Professor in the PMAP department.
  • Our Mission: Improving health status at the community level The GHPC provides evidence-based research, program development, and policy guidance locally, statewide, and nationallyFocus on solutions to the toughest issues facing health care today including:Insurance coverage;Children’s health; and The development of urban and rural health systemsWe work in more than 220 communities in all 50 states
  • Research (Qualitative and Quantitative - mostly evaluation)Needs Assessments, Surveys, Focus Groups - Strategic Planning- Technical Assistance – Resource Support and Capacity Building (focus on sustainability) - Neutral Convening and Facilitation- Systems Thinking
  • Child Health and Well-Being: Georgia Youth Fitness Assessment, Low-Birth Weight and Childhood Obesity ModelingCommunity and Public Health: Oral Health Policy Action Plan, Georgia Cancer Coalition’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, DeKalb Co. BOH CPPW Tobacco EvaluationCommunity Health Systems Development:Health Care Reform:Long-Term Care: Alzheimer’s, Division of Aging Research Support Private Policy and Grants Management:Public and Private Insurance Coverage: PeachCare for Kids, MedicaidSocial Determinants of Health Equity: BRAC
  • - Program for state lawmakers who want to improve their understanding of health and health care - We use systems dynamics and systems thinking to encourage broader and more systemic approaches to policymaking.- More than 50 Georgia legislators and staff have attended the course
  • We have been very involved in health reform over the last year. We assembled an interdisciplinary health reform work group from across GSU to understand and translate the new law, the Affordable Care Act. Since the passing of the law we have: Developed a Series of Policy Briefs (Targeted to specific audiences)Delivered PresentationsLaunched the 50-State Health ReformCalculator forSmall Businesses© (helps small business owners estimate potential tax credit through health reform law)Workedwith other statesincluding FL, SC, NC, MS, CO, AK, and VA For our 15th anniversary, we offered complimentary consultations of the likely impact of health reform for 15 organizations in GA. It included a case study and report, 2-3 hour strategic planning session, and in October, all groups came together, along w/ others for a health reform symposium to discuss the learnings. Now involved withthe Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget in planning the state’s Health Insurance Exchange

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  • A Research Center at
    Georgia State University
    in Atlanta, GA
  • Our Mission: To Improve Health Status
    at the CommunityLevel
  • Providing evidence-based research, program development and policy guidance
  • Working locally, statewide, and nationally
  • We partner with researchers, communities, agencies, and organizations both public and private
  • Our Skill Set
    Strategic Planning
    Technical Assistance
    Meeting Design and
    Policy Analysis
    Grants Management
    Health Impact
  • Child Health and Well-Being
    Community and Public Health
    Community Health Systems Development
    Health Care Reform
    Long-Term Care
    Public and Private Insurance Coverage
    Social Determinants of Health Equity
    Health Topics
  • Legislative Health Policy Certificate Program
    Program for state lawmakers
    Focus on health and health care
    Utilize systems modeling
  • Health Care
    Policy Briefs
    Anniversary Project & Symposium
  • Technical Assistance
    Capacity Building
    Increasing Access in Rural Communities
    Training and Resource Support
    Working with 200+ Communities Nationwide
  • Approach
    to Our Work
  • Create the right environment to have important conversations
  • Bring the relevant information from primary and secondary research, best practices, and thought leaders that is integrated, translated, interpreted
  • Build and value relationships
  • Think systemically
    about tough problems
  • Continuously learn within and among projects and programs
  • Advocate for a way to approach problems rather than a specific solution
  • Find creative ways to teach others what we have learned
  • Journal Articles
    Health Care Financing Review
    Health Economics
    Health Services Research
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine
    Community Mental Health Journal
    Maternal and Child Health Journal
    American Journal of Public Health
    Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
    Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
  • Visit us online at