Peach State Health Plan and Centene Foundation announce $2.2 million commitment to Georgia Southern University for rural health care workforce development program

Public-private partnership aims to bring more healthcare professionals to rural areas Georgia Accelerating impact through workforce development programs

Atlanta, December 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/—— Peach State Health Plan (PSHP) is a care management organization that serves the needs of Georgians through a range of health insurance solutions and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announces partnership with Georgia Southern University (GS) Provides education and training for needed health care professionals in rural underserved areas Georgia.

Centene Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Centene Corporation, and PSHP will invest $2.2 million Provides funding to expand workforce development programs designed to support rural health care by strengthening GS’s existing nursing, physician assistant, and addiction recovery specialist programs.

“PSHP is committed to increasing access to high-quality health professionals for all Georgians. We have a history of developing public-private partnerships to close disparities in health care access and coverage across the region. Georgia” said Centene Chief Growth Officer and PSHP Program President and CEO, Wade Rex. “GS has the experience and capabilities to provide residents in rural and underserved areas of the state with trained medical professionals to help them stay healthy. Georgia healthy. With this funding, Georgians will soon see more access to services from maternal, behavioral and chronic care professionals. We are excited about the potential of this partnership and believe that when we work together, we can have a meaningful impact on our rural communities. “

According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, 88% Georgia Counties qualify as Medically Underserved Areas (MUA), and 94% qualify as Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (MHPSA). These communities disproportionately face barriers to poverty, education, transportation, and access to affordable, quality health care. At MUA and MHPSA, many Georgians are unable to receive the care they need due to a lack of trained medical and mental health professionals. Through this new public-private partnership, PSHP will work with GS’s Institute for Health Logistics and Analytics (IHLA) to support the university’s data-driven, targeted projects to address these critical shortages and improve the health of the community and well-being.

“GS is pleased to partner with PSHP on a project designed to enhance our ability to provide more high-quality healthcare professionals to rural areas. Georgia,”explain Kyle Marrero, President of GS. “Rural Georgia is facing critical shortages of nurse practitioners, mental health professionals and addiction counselors. To meet this critical need, we must simplify educational pathways for students in these fields. This strategic partnership will put us on the right track on track to have meaningful impact on the entire rural health care landscape. Georgia”.

At Waters College of Health Professions, GS will expand recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students with a focus on students in rural areas Georgia. Funds will be used to develop and implement the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, which will serve as an early pipeline to the BSN program with a primary focus on nursing student recruitment and retention.

In the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, funds will be used to expand addiction recovery programs.This expanded program will enable GS to provide more staff and supervised postgraduate training opportunities in rural areas Georgia Increase the total number of certified addiction counselors II Georgia.

“This new partnership with PSHP marks an important step forward in Waters College of Health Professionals’ ability to build a strong health care workforce in rural areas. Georgia“, said Dean of the Waters School of Health Professions, Whitney Nash“The need to deploy specialized health care professionals specializing in nursing, counseling and abuse intervention in our underserved areas cannot be overstated. This partnership will be a critical turning point in increasing the number of these health professionals.”

“As a student hoping to enter the healthcare workforce, I’m excited to see Georgia Southern Airlines Working with PSHP creates more and better opportunities to advance my education,” said Suzanne forehandI am a junior at GS pre-med. “These expanded programs and student support networks will provide us with the skills, knowledge and support network we need to complete our studies and have a positive impact on rural health care.”

About Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern UniversityIt is a public Carnegie PhD/R2 institution founded in 1906, offering approximately 140 different degree programs and serving more than 25,500 students through 10 colleges located on three campuses in the United States. statesboro, Savannah, haynesville and online guidance.Leader in Southeastern Higher Education Georgia The University has expert faculty focused on public impact research and provides learning opportunities through knowledge and skills that help our students take charge of their lives, careers and communities.access Georgia Southern University.

About Peach State Health Plan
Peach State Health Plan is a care management organization serving the needs of Georgians through a range of health insurance solutions. Peach State Health Plan partners with Georgia families to serve the Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids populations. The organization also focuses on underinsured and uninsured individuals through its federal insurance marketplace program, Ambetter, and its Medicare Advantage special needs plan. Peach State Health Plan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading health care company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives. For more information, please visit

SOURCE Peach State Health Plan

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