Georgia Health Policy Center Organizational Milestones: 1995-2015.

1995 – Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) is founded as the research arm of the Georgia Coalition for Health, comprised of representatives of consumers, providers, business, and government.

1996 – GHPC studies Medicaid Reform at the request of Governor Zell Miller and delivers the study “Directions for Change” to the Georgia General Assembly. Our evaluation work in the areas of long-term care, rural health, and child health is launched.

1998 – The GHPC moves from the College of Health and Human Sciences to the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

1999 – GHPC informs the design of Georgia’s first SCHIP, PeachCare for Kids, and continues the annual evaluation and outreach efforts.

2000 – GHPC serves as the administrative arm of the Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia. Later, becoming the administrative home to Georgia Health Decisions and Communities Joined in Action.

2001 – Dr. Karen Minyard becomes director of the GHPC.

2002 – GHPC learns from first-hand experience in Georgia and applies insights nationally to help rural communities in more than 37 states develop relevant and viable health systems –GHPC’s signature style of technical assistance is born.

2004 – GHPC conducts an assessment of Georgia’s public health system to define public health’s “core business” leading to continued work with state public health on strategic and sustainability planning around rural health, men’s health, asthma, cancer, physical activity and nutrition, tobacco, cardiovascular health, and more.

2005 – The GHPC celebrates its 10th anniversary.

2006 – GHPC convenes more than 800 Georgians at the Summit for a Healthy Georgia to identify health priorities for the state, launching our signature style of meeting facilitation and design.

2008 – The GHPC begins the Legislative Health Policy Certificate Program for Georgia Senators, Representatives, and staff.

2010 – The Affordable Care Act passes and the GHPC continues earlier work in health care reform with a series of policy briefs, work with state agencies and other states, presentations, toolkits and the commemoration of our 15th anniversary with Health Reform: From Insights to Strategies, A Variety of Perspectives.

2011 – The GHPC named a national Health Impact Assessment (HIA) training center.

2012 – The Georgia Center of Excellence in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health is created.

2013 – GHPC partners with the Atlanta Regional Commission and the United Way to develop Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI).

2014 – GHPC named a national coordinating center for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Bridging for Health initiative, supporting communities improving health and reducing disparities through innovations in collaboration and financing.

2015 – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) selected GHPC as one of four regional Pipeline Award Program offices to provide support and technical assistance for southern state awardees of the Pipeline to Proposal program.