Georgians for a Healthy Future

The voice for Georgia health care consumers

aka Georgians for a Healthy Future   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.healthyfuturega.org

Mission

With a mission to build and mobilize a unified voice, vision, and leadership to achieve a healthy future for all Georgians, Georgians for a Healthy Future provides a strong voice for Georgia consumers and communities on the health care issues and decisions that impact their lives. Our vision is of a day in which all Georgians have access to the quality, affordable health care they need to live healthy lives and contribute to the health of their communities.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Laura Colbert

Main address

50 Hurt Plaza SE Suite 806

Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

26-3695851

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2018, 2018 and 2017.
Register now

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For many Georgians, the health insurance and health care systems can feel opaque, expensive, clumsy, repetitive, and frustrating. Similarly, Georgia's health outcomes and indicators lag far behind other states. Georgians for a Healthy Future recognizes that decisions made by the state's policy makers have the potential to ease the burden on health care consumers and improve health across the state. We work to influence public policy so that all Georgians have have access to the quality, affordable health care they need to live healthy lives and contribute to the health of their communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Outreach, Education & Engagement with Consumers & Communities

We organize community forums and workshops across Georgia to foster substantive local dialogue about health issues. We convene local leaders, medical providers, stakeholders, and consumers to discuss the most important health care issues facing them in their communities.

Population(s) Served

We provide leadership, coordination, and strategic direction for a wide range of individual patient and consumer advocate organizations with missions to impact health care policy on behalf of their constituents.

Population(s) Served

We serve as an important resource and source of information for policymakers who make decisions that impact the lives of Georgia health care consumers, and we use our strong and effective voice to advocate for public policy change that brings us closer to our vision of a day in which all Georgians have access to quality, affordable health care.

Population(s) Served

Georgians for a Healthy Future serves as a trusted voice on behalf of consumers within the earned media landscape and leverages new media to amplify consumer voices and experiences.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

MLK Community Service Award 2015

Emory University’s School of Public Health and Goizueta School of Business

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision is of a day in which all Georgians have access to the quality, affordable health care they need to live healthy lives and contribute to the health of their communities. Each year, we develop public policy priorities to move Georgia closer to this vision. These policy priorities and our resultant work fall into four programmatic areas:

1. Getting Georgia Covered: Health insurance matters. It facilitates access to care and provides financial protection (and peace of mind) against high medical costs; yet Georgia has one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation. Georgians for a Healthy Future supports consumers and communities with information, materials, and training to take charge of their health care and coverage, and advocates at the state Capitol and in state agencies for quality, affordable health coverage for all Georgians.

2. Increasing Access to Care: Too many Georgians face barriers to accessing meaningful, timely physical and behavioral health care. Om rural communities, many hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open. Throughout the state, event Georgians with coverage can face difficulties accessing specialty care or prescription drugs. Specific initiatives within this program include 1) advocating for network adequacy standards to ensure that health plans offer adequate access to providers; 2) promoting mental health and substance use parity in public and private health insurance systems; 3) supporting policy initiatives that can strengthen our state’s rural health infrastructure, and 4) engaging with policymakers and stakeholders to improve Medicaid and PeachCare, programs that serve low- and moderate-income children and families in Georgia.

3. Enhancing Value for Health Care Consumers: Health care value is about raising the bar in our health system to achieve better outcomes at an affordable cost. Health care costs continue to rise, yet quality remains uneven and Georgia's overall health access and outcome indicators are among the nation's poorest. Our health system is undergoing rapid change, yet the needs of consumers and the goals of population health & equity are not always at the center of these changes. Georgians for a Healthy Future brings together stakeholders, conducts public policy analysis, and engages decisions makers in support of improvements to health care value for Georgians.

4. Building a Healthier Georgia: For Georgia to grow and thrive, we need to invest in the health of our population. In addition to the need to focus on public health and prevention, there is a growing recognition that factors outside the formal health system also impact the health of individuals, families, and communities. To make inroads in improving population health and equity, we need to look "upstream" at social determinants of health at the same time as we work to make the health system work better for consumers. Georgians for a Healthy Future partners to promote and address this important area of work.

Our four-pronged approach includes: 1) consumer outreach, education & engagement; 2) coalition building & mobilization; 3) strategic communications; and 4) public policy advocacy. We use all four capacities across our program areas to effectively achieve policy change that moves Georgia closer to a our vision.

Consumer outreach, education & engagement: GHF provides the information and tools that consumer and communities need to understand and use health care and coverage to meet their needs. GHF also enables consumers and communities to engage and influence policy decisions that impact their health and health care through action-oriented resources and advocacy opportunities.

Coalition building and mobilization: GHF provides leadership, coordination, and strategic direction for a wide range of individual patient and consumer advocacy organizations with missions to impact health care policy on behalf of their constituents.

Strategic communications: GHF serves as a trusted voice on behalf of consumers within the earned media landscape and leverages new media to amplify consumer voices and experiences.

Public policy advocacy: GHF serves as an important resource for policymakers who make decisions that impact the lives of Georgia health care consumers. We use our strong, effective voice to advocate for public policy change that brings us closer to our vision of a day in which all Georgians have access to quality, affordable health care.

Georgians for a Healthy Future has a small but strong staff, a dedicated and active board of directors, and has built a statewide network of organizations and individuals. We leverage these assets to raise awareness, to inform, and to advocate for policy change that will make Georgia a healthier state.

Georgians for a Healthy Future has made strong progress towards our goals. In celebration of our tenth anniversary as an organization, GHF's leadership articulated and published "10 Years, 10 Wins", a visual publication that outlined GHF's most significant successes for Georgia consumers. These wins included:

1) In 2008, Georgians for a Healthy Future is established as Georgia's first advocacy organization focused solely on consumer health, health care, and coverage.
2) As a result of GHF's leadership, Georgia's General Assembly and Governor Deal passed a law in 2012 that restored health insurance coverage to Georgia children.
3) Since 2012, GHF has led the Cover Georgia coalition, an education and advocacy campaign boasting dozens of partners working to expand Medicaid in Georgia. The coalition's efforts have kept Medicaid expansion a relevant and pressing issue in public policy discussions.
4) GHF helped to lower Georgia's uninsured rate from 18.5% in 2012 to 12.8% in 2016, by assisting consumers to enroll in and use their health insurance coverage.
5) GHF testified or presented to legislative and study committees, national advisory groups, and state decision-making bodies on behalf of Georgia consumers on more than 100 occasions.
6) As a result of advocacy by GHF and a coalition of health advocates, the Georgia General Assembly and Governor Deal approved legislation in 2016 requiring insurance companies to publish accurate, accessible, and updated information about their plan networks for use by Georgia health care consumers.
7) GHF convened the Protect Our Care Georgia coalition in February 2017, and along with similar coalitions across the country, defeated Congressional efforts to dismantle Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
8) Thousands of Georgians are better equipped to navigate the health care system, use their coverage, and engage in public policy debates that will impact their health as a result of GHF's community outreach efforts.
9) GHF has published more than 20 research and policy analyses and hosted dozens of policy forums to inform the debates and decisions made by Georgia's policy makers.
10) Together with the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, GHF successfully advocated for a change to Georgia's Medicaid program in 2017 that is expected to result in verbal substance use screenings for 145,000 Georgia youth annually, along with counseling sessions as needed.

More information about these successes and GHF's impact is available at http://healthyfuturega.org/about-us/our-impact/.

Financials

Georgians for a Healthy Future
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Georgians for a Healthy Future

Board of directors
as of 11/27/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Monica Ponder

MLP Communications

Term: 2018 - 2020

Harry Heiman

Morehouse School of Medicine

Allyson Burroughs

Xerox State Healthcare, LLC

Charlie Hayslett

Hayslett Group LLC

Jeremy Burnette

Kilpatrick Townsend

Jay Berkelhamer

Natalie Hernandez

Morehouse School of Medicine

Tracy Dubose

Dante McKay

Enroll America

Monica Ponder

Beth English

Easter Seals Southern Georgia

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes