Atlanta, Georgia, April 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With over 40% of Title X customers in Georgia uninsured and over 66% living below the federal poverty level ($26,500 for a family four people in 2021), the work of Georgia Family Planning Systems is much needed. The Georgia Family Planning System (GFPS) (www.georgiafamilyplanning.org) operates under the administrative direction of the Family Health Centers of Georgia, Inc. (www.fhcga.org). GFPS became the Office of Population Affairs (www.opa.hhs.gov) Title X recipient for Georgia in 2014. Since 2014, the network has increased the number of women, men, and women by 39 percent adolescents who accessed family planning in Georgia.
On March 31, the Bureau of Population Affairs announced a total of $256.6 million to expand and restore access to equitable and affordable Title X family planning services nationwide. GFPS received $8.3 million in funding as the sole recipient of Title X in Georgia. “We began this work in 2014 to integrate access to affordable, quality primary health care and family planning services across the state,” said Dr. Michael W. Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer. leadership of Georgia Family Health Centers. Brooks continued, “This funding enables our state partners, operating more than 175 sites across the state, to continue to ensure that we improve health outcomes for women, men and adolescents who need access care, regardless of their health insurance status or ability to pay.
In 2021, a total of 160,632 patients accessed additional family planning and healthcare services through the network. Most GFPS partners are Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or other nonprofit health organizations:
Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc.
Athens Neighborhood Health Center
Pan Asian Community Service Center, Inc.
Clay County Community Health
Coastal Community Health Services, Inc.
Community Health Care Systems, Inc.
Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Center, Inc.
Diversity Health Center, Inc.
East Georgia Healthcare Center, Inc.
Empowerment Resource Center
Four Corners Primary Care Center
Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Inc.
Georgia Mountains Health Services, Inc.
Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center, Inc.
Grady Health System
HEALing Community Center
JC Lewis Health
McKinney Health System
MedLink Georgia, Inc.
North Georgia Healthcare Center, Inc.
Oakhurst Medical Centers, Inc.
Atlanta Recovery Consultants, Inc.
South Central Primary Care Centers
Southside Medical Centers, Inc.
The Rome Family Health Center
Family Health Centers of Georgia, Inc.
Thrive Healthcare Center, Inc.
Valley Healthcare Center, Inc.