Communities Joined in Action

About this Project

Communities Joined in Action (CJA) is a national private, non-profit membership organization of local and regional community health collaboratives, all of which are committed to improving health, access to care, and elimination if disparities in their communities. CJA’s mission is to mobilize and assist community health collaboratives and other community-based organizations to assure better health and well-being for all people at less cost. CJA facilitates the acceleration and dissemination of best practices and tools, facilitates formal learning opportunities, and supports community health collaboratives as they work to improve health and eliminate disparities.

The Georgia Health Policy Center serves as the administrative home for CJA, providing administrative, programmatic, and communications support, as well as strategic direction as a representative on CJA’s board of directors.

Meet the Researchers

Annette Pope

Associate Director

M.P.A., University of the District of Columbia
B.S., Miami University of Ohio


Annette Pope coordinates the Georgia Health Policy Center’s proposal development and strategic-planning processes. She is also responsible for managing administrative and human resource functions including staff development and training.

Pope has expertise in nonprofit management, program development and implementation, project management, fund development, regional planning, and health policy. Her greatest interest is on issues that… more »

Karen Minyard


Ph.D., Georgia State University
M.N., Medical College of Georgia
B.N., University of Virginia


Karen Minyard, Ph.D., has been director of the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) since 2001 and is also a research professor with the Department of Public Management and Policy. Minyard connects the research, policy, and programmatic work of the center across issue areas including population health, health philanthropy, public and private health coverage, and the… more »

Ashley Jones

Operations Manager

M.P.H., Mercer University
B.S., University of Georgia


Ashley Jones is the operations manager at the Georgia Health Policy Center. Her role is to manage business operations and development, support proposal development, and assist in strategic planning activities. She also provides human resources support including coordinating staff training and development opportunities.

Jones brings experience in program coordination, project management, capacity-building, and community engagement.… more »