GEORGIA’S SAFETY NET
Our members serve thousand of Georgia’s uninsured and under-insured, ensuring that high-quality care is within reach for everyone.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
More than 100 free and charity clinics and hundreds of physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel in Georgia provide $236 million in uncompensated care every year.
ADVOCACY FOR THOSE WHO SERVE
GCCN empowers and advocates on behalf of its members to strengthen Georgia’s safety net and ensure support of vulnerable populations state-wide.
GCCN ADVOCATES ON BEHALF OF ITS MEMBERS
GCCN advocates on behalf of its members on all issues affecting them.
We provide timely networking opportunities.
We work with communities interested in starting a clinic.
We seek funding sources to distribute to members.
Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines? We’ve got you covered!
GCCN has been working closely over the last few months with Sosento, Inc. on their national initiative, Project Finish Line. We are excited to share that the “COVID Ender’s Toolkit” –to support free and charitable clinic vaccine communications and coordination– is available for use.
The Project Finish Line team will be adding resources to the toolkit through online “drops” that will occur every other Thursday. You can always access these materials via Project Finish Line’s website or through GCCN. Additional toolkit instructions and video tutorials are also available materials. If your clinic is planning to establish a community vaccination site, the Project Finish Line team is doing special one-to-one consultations and support for these clinics. Please let GCCN know if you are interested.
LET’S END THIS PANDEMIC TOGETHER!
The Georgia Charitable Care Network (GCCN) this week released “Telehealth in the Free and Charitable Clinic Sector 2021,” a groundbreaking guide to telehealth for the nation’s 1400+ free and charitable clinics.
Authored by 15-year Family Nurse Practitioner, Meredith Schanda, the report takes a deep dive into telehealth’s best practices, detailing both the nature and potential of telehealth, as well as pros and cons of the different types available. It also provides guidance on telehealth equipment acquisition, data collection, and keeping staff appropriately engaged with patients.
“The COVID-19 outbreak last year put an unbelievable strain on free and charity clinics,” said GCCN Executive Director, Donna Looper. “They were struggling for ways to keep patients cared for and everyone safe, and telehealth was the obvious solution. Efficiently and effectively implementing telehealth systems that work smoothly, however, has presented challenges, especially for smaller, rural clinics run primarily by volunteers.”
Maximizing the use of available resources to serve the greatest patient number is critical, Looper continued, but with careful coordination, clinics can leverage telehealth to provide better patient care – not just more. “It is essential to providing equitable care.”
The report was made possible by funding from Americares and the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Recovery and Response Fund, a partnership of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta. It is freely available to the public in digital format.
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There is “strong economic evidence to support investment” in Georgia’s charitable clinics, according to a new study conducted by the Economic Evaluation Research Group at the University of Georgia College of Public Health.
GCCN is the leading voice for charitable care providers in Georgia. Founded in 2003 to support free and charity clinics already overwhelmed by a burgeoning uninsured population, in just 10 years GCCN member clinics had served nearly 200,000 unique patients and provided over $200 million in medical care. That number surged past $415 million in the years following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Today, there are approximately 100 free and charity clinics in Georgia, which collectively serve as a model for efficient, effective healthcare provision to low-income and uninsured families. Georgia has more free and charity clinics than any other state, and GCCN is one of the largest state associations advocating for and educating charitable care providers.
The Georgia Center for Opportunity released policy recommendations on increasing access to quality healthcare for the uninsured. The report advocates for state support of charitable clinics and can be viewed here.
by amplifying the collective voice of free and charity care providers
We envision a future in which all Georgians can access affordable, high-quality healthcare. To that end, GCCN fosters collaborative partnerships and provides funding, education, and advocacy to the state’s free and charity care providers.
Georgia Charitable Care Network is the only statewide organization whose mission is solely focused on the needs of charitable and free clinics, individual providers and the populations they serve.
Our advocates work exclusively on behalf of Georgia’s safety net clinics, ensuring that their needs are considered and respected by key policymakers in the state government, and were instrumental in passing and improving legislation that established the Georgia Volunteers in Medicine Act.
Over the past 17 years, GCCN has amassed a sizable collection of public health-related research, data, surveys, forms, and other key documents from clinics around the United States. GCCN members have unrestricted access to this collection as part of their membership.