CATALYST - WINTER 2019 Volume 2 No 1 | Page 10

CATALYST Advancing Health Equity in Rural Georgia Communities T hrough Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Two Georgias Initiative , the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) is leading a multi-year effort to help rural residents in 11 grantee communities across the state envision the changes in healthcare they want to see in their communities. As a Community Health Improvement Plan to improve access to quality healthcare, conversations about how to advance health equity for all in these rural Georgia communities are changing. Over the past year and half, residents are beginning to see divisions disappear, trust increase, and new relationships form. “ each local coalition implements After leading health equity conversations last year in all 11 Georgia communities, PSE will coordinate two regional workshops and develop distance learning opportunities in 2019 to support coalition members’ continued learning around health equity and other issues of specific concern. PSE will also add two Community Ambassadors to their Two Georgias team this year to work closely with the Initiative’s local Project Managers in southern and northern Georgia counties to provide support for community engagement and help identify strategies that enable residents to participate fully in shared decision-making. Every voice, every story, every community, has value when we work together to advance health equity. - Arlene Parker Goldson Partnership for Southern Equity “We understand that creating lasting change to the prevailing systems of disparity and marginalization will not occur through brief, single-issue transactional advocacy, but by deep, intentional and long-term engagement with communities,” said Arlene Parker Goldson, Just Health Manager, with the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE). 10 Above: The LumpkinMatters Coalition at work in Dahlonega. HEALTHCARE GEORGIA FOUNDATION