Posted on 01/06/2015

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The Cancer Coalition is one of seventy-one organizations and programs benefitting the health of Georgians to receive funding from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation this year.

The $50,000 grant will help support the Cancer Coalition’s efforts to reduce the high rates of cancer in South Georgia through cancer-related services, education, and community engagement. The grant also will enable the Cancer Coalition and its partners, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and the Southwest Public Health District, to present its recent community assessment data to local leaders and encourage their involvement in addressing specific health and social priorities.

Terrell County is the focus of the grant because it is an area that is disproportionately affected by health disparities. “The data shows that Terrell County continues to suffer from higher than average cancer rates and other chronic disease and social issues,” said Denise Ballard, Cancer Coalition Vice President for Cancer Prevention and Control. “Increasing access to preventive healthcare, reducing tobacco use and facilitating wellness education are just a few of the areas we will continue to target with this support from Healthcare Georgia Foundation.”

The Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.

For over a decade, the Cancer Coalition has worked in 32 South Georgia counties to bring preventative cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured individuals, educate residents and professionals about cancer and health issues, support the cancer survivor community and more. CEO Diane Fletcher said, “We are so grateful to our partners locally, across the state of Georgia and nationwide who support our work as well as the individuals who also give of their time and resources to continue our mission.”

For more information about the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia,
please visit or call 229-312-1700

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