GPHA Receives Capacity-Building Grant

The Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA) was recently awarded a mini-grant to help strengthen its capacity to improve and protect public health. GPHA, an Affiliate of the American Public Health Association, was one of 13 APHA Affiliates chosen to receive this funding.

“GPHA is very pleased to receive this grant,” said Douglas Skelton, M.D., President of GPHA and Director of the Coastal Health District. “This funding wiil allow us to increase the capacity of GPHA and improve our ability to respond to new and emerging public health threats. We look forward to continuing to help address the public health challenges in Georgia.”

The grants, which are awarded by APHA, are made possible thanks to a $165,000 grant from the Pfizer Public Health Group. Funding may be used for member recruitment; public health activities to benefit the community and Affiliate activities; and strategic or business plan development. The mini-grants are part of the larger APHA Affiliate Capacity-Building Initiative, which delivers financial and technical resources to APHA Affiliates over five years. The initiative supports Affiliates to improve their leadership, management, programs and services, and to improve their ability to engage their communities in responding to new and emerging public health threats such as pandemic flu or other emerging infectious diseases.

“On behalf of APHA, I would like to congratulate GPHA on this award and thank them for their continued commitment to improving public health and the well-being of their communities,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. For more information about APHA, visit

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