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CATALYST “With the Foundation’s help, we’re also having the difficult conversations necessary to address the health inequities among rural Georgians,” said Gwen Houston, Early (County) Cares coalition member. “That is so important. ” Facilitated by Nathaniel Smith and Arlene Parker Goldson (at right) of the Partnership for Southern Equity, all eleven coalitions with dozens of rural Georgia members will have completed their first health workshops health by December 2018. “This is not easy work,” said Smith. “Confronting personal histories and systemic inequities that have existed for decades makes many people uncomfortable. “ “There is a level of trust that been built in our coalition over the years,” said Chet Ballard, an educator and Cook County Family Connection partner in Adel, Georgia. “We understand people have different views and they are going to say what they believe. The workshop helped our partners see the work that’s involved.” “ Nathaniel Smith says his goal is to create “safe spaces” so workshop participants can share their views on how to achieve health equity in their communities. “Our solutions have to be innovative as we move from sympathy to empathy,” he added. “Change happens at the speed of trust.”  For more information on The Two Georgias Initiative, contact Lisa Medellin, Director of Programs, by phone at 404.653.0990 or by email: Change happens at the speed of trust. — NATHANIEL SMITH, Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity ” On August 8, 2018, community partners representing the eleven rural coalitions funded through The Two Georgias Initiative met in Macon to kick off the next phase of their work. Paul Schmitz, (left), CEO of Leading Inside Out in Milwaukee (WI), was the featured speaker. See highlights in the video on the left. 8 8 HEALTHCARE GEORGIA FOUNDATION