Tanner Health System Receives $1.22 Million Grant
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Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, looks on as Tanner Health System President and CEO Loy Howard discusses how a $1.22 million Community Transformation Grant the health system has received will be use to improve the health of the communities Tanner serves.
Tanner Health System has been awarded almost $1.22 million in federal grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Small Communities program. Supplementing Tanner’s already robust, mission-driven community health strategies, this funding will support the system’s efforts to reduce rates of obesity, improve nutritional awareness, increase physical activity, reduce tobacco use prevalence and improve the emotional well-being for residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties. Tanner was the only organization in Georgia to receive one of the grants, and one of only eight hospital systems in the entire country. A total of forty grants were awarded to a variety of non-profit organizations nationally.
Earlier this year, Tanner’s board approved a progressive five-year strategic plan, which actively addresses the changing healthcare landscape. Through several key areas – including quality and patient satisfaction – Tanner’s leadership plans to build the healthcare system of the future.
A key strategy of the new plan is the development of an entirely new community health division of Tanner Health System, which will focus exclusively on prevention, wellness, chronic disease management and early intervention efforts to improve the lifelong health of the people and communities that Tanner serves. The new division will be led by Denise Taylor, senior vice president and chief community health strategy and brand officer. The division will build upon Tanner’s longstanding role in proactively addressing the health needs in west Georgia.
“For decades, Tanner has been a leader in community health and wellness,” said Loy Howard, president and CEO of Tanner Health System. “Our new community health division will take this commitment to the next level, providing an even stronger emphasis on the importance of disease prevention, healthier lifestyles and improved emotional well-being of our community members.”
The federal grant will support the efforts of the new community health division through a wide range of programs and services emphasizing tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, high impact quality clinical and preventive services, social and emotional wellness, and healthy and safe physical environments.
Denise Taylor, leader of Tanner’s new community health division, expects the funds to make a substantial and long-lasting impact on the region’s health.
“Our communities in west Georgia are suffering from significant health issues that are literally cutting lives short,” said Taylor. “Chronic disease, tobacco use, poor nutrition and a lack of exercise are taking a tremendous toll on our region. These funds will go a long way to help us bring a message of health and hope to our neighbors in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties. Tanner will be putting resources directly where our residents live, work, learn and play, providing education, services and practical tools to help residents build healthier lifestyles.”
An important part of Tanner’s community health emphasis is the continuation of the Get Healthy West Georgia initiative launched earlier this year. Through a grant provided by the Community Foundation of West Georgia and funding from other private donors, Get Healthy West Georgia has reached out to literally thousands of people in the region. In less than six months, Get Healthy West Georgia has grown to more than 1,200 community members who are now actively engaged in improving their lifestyles through diet and exercise.
For more information on HHS, Community Transformation Grants and more, visit www.hhs.gov/news.