Healthy Savannah Wins Statewide Recognition for Public Health Initiatives

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received statewide recognition from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The coalition has received the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Collaborative Award for its work to make Savannah a healthier place to live.

“We are beyond thrilled to receive this recognition from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah. “It shines a light on over 200 extraordinary individuals and partners who have shown unwavering dedication to making the healthy choice the easy choice. Savannah is a healthier place to live because of their commitment.”

Launched in 2007 by (former) Mayor Otis Johnson, Healthy Savannah’s mission is to build a culture of health in the community by sharing resources with organizations, advocating healthy policies, and building a collaborative environment. The coalition supports programs for families, schools, businesses, and faith-based organizations. It is led by people from all sectors of the community.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award was created to honor individuals, nonprofit health organizations, and community collaboratives for improving the quality of health and healthcare of those they serve. As a founding Healthcare Georgia Foundation board member, Greene helped steward the organization from its inception in 1999 through his retirement from the board in 2006. By recognizing those who inspire and lift others up, the organization strives to continue Greene’s legacy of community service through the work of others.

Mr. Greene’s remarkable triumph over poverty and adversity proves that by working together, we can improve the quality of life of everyone in the community,” Kreissler said. “His legacy inspires us to continue to make Savannah a healthier place because this is a cause worth fighting for and winning. This award encourages me to keep doing what we’re doing with more energy and passion.”

A video highlighting Healthy Savannah and its contributions to the Savannah community was produced by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation and is available online at https://vimeo.com/user62393556/download/410707732/2f2668b4f6

In addition to Healthy Savannah, the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award recipients include Sheila Weidman-Farley, Dr. Heval Mohamed Kelli, Beth Shaifer, Dr. Beverly Deaderick Taylor and Darrell Sabbs. The awards will be presented during Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s biennial Connections conference in November, which was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
Healthy Savannah, a 501©(3) public charity is a public/private coalition of over 200 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, and it began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannah leads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice, building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources, collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices, implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community, as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants, and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org

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