We are Orchestrators of Opportunity

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The Initiative

We Believe in Georgia

Since 2002, we have partnered with forward-thinking, collaborative organizations in communities all across the state, working together to create a Georgia in which all people have the opportunity to attain their fullest potential for health.

Today, as we consider what it means to be a leading voice on health equity, we are listening to our partners and connecting the dots between what Georgia needs and the roles the Initiative can play. With community at the heart of everything we do, we believe in a Georgia full of possibilities for all of us. 


Our Story

Founded in 2002, the Initiative was born of people standing up to systems to ensure that all Georgians can achieve their fullest potential for health. 

Originally named Healthcare Georgia Foundation, the organization was created by the conversion of public assets resulting from the merger of two large nonprofit health insurers in the late 1990s. At the time, Georgia law did not provide for putting these assets into a fund to benefit all Georgians as most other states did. Only through the tireless work of a small group of health advocates, did the legislative and legal system finally make this right.

We would not exist were it not for the watchful eye and dedicated work of Georgia’s health advocacy community, a community that we are now pleased to be part of. Today Georgia Health Initiative staff and Board work alongside our partners and collaborators to raise awareness of Georgia’s health challenges and to develop and advocate for meaningful solutions to address them. 


Our Values

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Courageous Leadership




Our State

Working for all Georgians

The Initiative’s work includes the people of the entire state of Georgia, a diverse population of 10.8 million people living in cities and towns across 696 zip codes in 159 counties. From the mountains in the northeast to the central valleys, hills, and forests to the southern coastal plains, we are building relationships, creating connections, and inspiring action.

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We Are Committed to Equity

We recognize that a range of factors including race, ethnicity, sex, gender, income, ability, age, and zip code shape a person’s health and wellbeing. We are committed to co-creating a Georgia where all people can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential for health.


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Mindful and motivated, the Georgia Health Initiative team of professionals shares the values of courageous leadership, trust, equity, and partnership. We are connectors, bridge-builders, and partners, forging new routes to a healthier state.

kristy davis CEO

Kristy Klein Davis


Samantha Beasley

Program Administration Manager

Troy Johnson

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Joann Yoon Kang

Vice President of Strategic Communications

Yolanda Kyle

Operations Manager

Ky A. Lindberg

Vice President of Community Engagement

Sarah Phillips

Director, Policy Strategies

Ashli Price

Administrative Assistant

Akil Reynolds

Programmatic Partnerships Manager

Maura Tangum

Communications Manager

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Cindy Zeldin

Vice President of Health Policy and Government Affairs