The center serves as the administrative home and research arm of the Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia. Established in 2000, the collaborative is an informal group of Georgia’s foundation seeking to understand and respond to the health-related challenges facing the state. Over the years, the collaborative has partnered with public and private leaders at the state and local levels to bring attention and funds to programs that address school health, rural health, cancer prevention, and childhood obesity. The Georgia Youth Fitness Assessment collected baseline data on physical fitness and physical activity from 5,248 5th and 7th graders in 93 randomly selected Georgia schools. The final report was issued in 2007 and has served as a vehicle for strategic communication with policy makers to promote physical activity and ongoing monitoring of student fitness. In 2009, the Philanthropic Collaborative completed a year-long learning agenda and is in the process of launching a collective funding initiative to improve access to primary care by the uninsured in the metro Atlanta area.
Contact: Mary Ann Phillips