Project Summary

The Health Access Program at Georgia Watch seeks to ensure access to safe, quality, and affordable health care for all Georgians, especially vulnerable citizens who most need a champion. With the Tier I PCORI funding, Georgia Watch will convene stakeholders interested in improving patient access to primary care services, particularly chronic disease management, in rural areas. In rural Georgia, several counties have no primary care physician, and another 13 have only one primary care physician serving the entire county. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory diseases are among the leading causes of death in Georgia. The Health Access Program recently studied and reported on the regulatory environment for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Georgia and made recommendations for how Georgia can better utilize its existing APRN workforce to ensure that Georgians have an adequate system of care, particularly in rural parts of the state. The PCORI project will build on Georgia Watch’s previous work in this area by establishing a committee to formulate a patient-centered research question that compares the health outcomes of low-income adults with chronic conditions in rural communities that have nurse practitioners versus in communities that do not. Georgia Watch has a history of successfully convening healthcare partners to explore ways to improve patient outcomes and is extremely excited to undertake this important project. Georgia Watch is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization working to empower and protect Georgia consumers on matters that affect their wallets and quality of life through education, advocacy, and policy development.

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Project Information

Beth Stephens, JD
Georgia Watch

Key Dates

9 months


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Last updated: March 4, 2022