199778 Public/private partnerships impact policy and improve access to care

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Rachel Ferencik, MPA , Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
MaryAnn C. Phillips, MPH , Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Through the Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia, family, corporate, and community foundations joined forces to enhance the ability of philanthropic organizations to identify, fund, and evaluate health grant-making opportunities throughout the state, and respond to health-related challenges facing Georgia. As the administrative and research home for the Collaborative, the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) provides research, programmatic, and administrative support for its efforts. Through this partnership, GHPC serves as the liaison between the foundations and the state public health-related agencies, translates secondary research, coordinates primary research, monitors and provides technical assistance to multiple school health and rural health Collaborative-funded communities, and prepares and disseminates publications to foundations around the state. Just as national philanthropy makes evidence-based investments to inform national and state policy, Georgia's philanthropic community comes together to examine the academic literature, understand the scale and scope of the problem, learn about best practices, and identify opportunities to inform Georgia policy and collectively and individually fund grantmaking activities. By combining forces of private foundations, government, and universities, Georgia is a national model of utilizing public/private partnerships to address major health issues facing its citizens.

Learning Objectives:
Describe how translating primary and secondary research and presenting findings to the philanthropic community informed state policy and program efforts. Explain how national, state, and local foundations partnered with the public sector to improve health in Georgia. Describe the role the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) plays in facilitating interactions among the foundations, community-based organizations, state government, and the university.

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Foundations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have done work for the Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia, which is the target of this poster session.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.