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Improving Health Care in Haralson County

Rural communities experience a variety of challenges when faced with providing and accessing quality health services. Geographic isolation, limited employment opportunities, lack of transportation and low numbers of service providers are only a few of the barriers that rural residents face.

Recognizing the barriers that prevent people from receiving the care they need and adopting healthier habits, Healthy Haralson — a committee of Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well — is leading the charge to address these critical needs. In June 2017, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation awarded Tanner Health System The Two Georgias Initiative grant to improve health outcomes for Haralson County residents.

The mission of Healthy Haralson

Healthy Haralson is dedicated to advancing health equity among rural Haralson County residents by improving health care and fostering social, economic and educational environments that promote health and eliminate health disparities.

Healthy Haralson funding and governance

The Two Georgias Initiative is a five-year investment in rural communities represented by Community Health Partnerships (CHP) implementing bold and visionary Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP) comprised of innovative solutions to better health and health care among their residents. Tanner was one of only 11 nonprofit organizations in the state to receive the award.

Tanner’s Two Georgias Initiative project works through Healthy Haralson to plan, coordinate and implement a comprehensive improvement plan in Haralson County. During the first year of the project, Tanner partnered with the University of West Georgia to conduct an in-depth community health needs assessment, asset mapping and gap analysis of Haralson County, which was utilized to develop the plan. Get Healthy, Live Well’s Healthy Haralson committee is a collaborative effort of individuals and organizations representing the community who share a vision to improve the overall health of Haralson County residents.

Through the Two Georgias Initiative, Healthy Haralson is working to improve access to youth mental health services, meet the needs of senior citizens, reduce barriers to substance misuse prevention and treatment programs, increase provider resources and improve community health outcomes.

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