Douglas Health Futures Check Presentation 6-03-2014

Pictured, from left:
Douglas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz – Douglas Health Futures Foundation Chair and Live Healthy Douglas Coalition Member; Deputy Chief Gary Sparks – Douglas Health Futures Board Member; Suvess Ricks – Douglas Health Futures Foundation Vice Chair; Nancy Mathison – GreyStone Power Foundation Executive Assistant; Theresa Donovan – GreyStone Power Foundation Board Member and Frank Smith – Live Healthy Douglas Coalition Member and Founder, The CarePlace.

 On behalf of the Live Healthy Douglas Coalition, Douglas Health Futures Foundation is pleased to accept a $10,000 grant from The GreyStone Power Foundation, Inc.  Live Healthy Douglas is a coalition of partners dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and delivering essential health services in Douglas County.

The grant was awarded in order to help strengthen the infrastructure of coalition partner, The CarePlace, a facility that offers free healthcare services to Douglas County adults who are uninsured or underinsured.  The funds will be used for CarePlace patients needing special lab tests or x-rays that they are unable to fund themselves.

“We are excited that the GreyStone Power Foundation supports the Live Healthy Douglas mission to increase access to healthcare for some of Douglas County’s low-income residents in need of preventative medical care,” said Dr. Jack Kennedy, District Health Director, Cobb & Douglas Public Health and a member of the Live Healthy Douglas Coalition Steering Committee.

The GreyStone Power Foundation, Inc. is funded by GreyStone members who volunteer to round up their electric bills to the next dollar or give additional monthly amounts to provide monetary assistance for nonprofit organizations.

The Douglas Health Futures Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 development affiliate that provides financial, fundraising, and advocacy support for the mission of Douglas Public Health, which is, with its partners, to promote and protect the health and safety of the residents of Douglas County. Douglas Health Futures Foundation Board Members include: Gordon Pritz, Douglas County School System (Chair); Tom Worthan, Douglas County Board of Commissioners; Jaswant Chaddha, M.D.; Julian Carter, Douglas County College & Career Institute; Steven Lambert, WellStar-Douglas; Heather Nutter, United Way (retired); Suvess Ricks, University of West Georgia (retired); Gary Sparks, Douglasville Police Department; Wes Tallon, Douglas County Communications; Greg Williams, Kaiser Permanente and Andrea Woods, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

The Live Healthy Douglas Coalition was launched in 2011 by Cobb & Douglas Public Health. It is governed by a Steering Committee and focuses on developing initiatives to meet preventative healthcare needs conveyed by all county stakeholders, including disparate populations. Steering Committee Members include: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta represented by Ramona Jackson-Jones; Cobb & Douglas Public Health represented by Dr. Jack Kennedy; Douglas Chamber of Commerce represented by Kali Boatright; Douglas Community Services Board represented by Christine Steadman; Douglas CORE represented by Amanda Bryant, Douglas County Government represented by Richard Hagan; Douglas County School System, represented by Gordon Pritz & Peggy Reich; GreyStone Power Corporation represented by Tim Williams (Chair); Junior League of Douglas County represented by Kathy Patman (Vice Chair); Live Healthy Douglas, represented by Cathy Wendholt-McDade; Ninth District Georgia PTA, represented by Carol Lindstrom; The Church at Chapel Hill, represented by Frank Smith; United Way represented by Catherine Owens; and WellStar Health System represented by C. Shane Greene.

 The CarePlace was opened in Douglas County in 2013 by Douglasville Businessman Frank Smith. The catalyst for this free medical/dental clinic came in the donation of a 7,500 square foot mortgage free medical building. The CarePlace maintains partnerships with Wellstar Douglas and Kaiser Permanente and is staffed by volunteers of licensed medical/dental professionals and many others. Each Saturday, the medical facility currently sees an average of 35 patients.

To learn more about the Douglas Health Futures Foundation, Live Healthy Douglas or The CarePlace, visit healthydouglas.org.