In keeping with UGA’s land grant mission to develop its research agenda and instructional programs in ways that directly serve the people of Georgia, the HII seeks to enhance health informatics capabilities of the state. The College of Public Health already has a very positive working relationship with the Georgia Department of Public Health. The new Institute will explore strengthening this collaboration with programs that have proven successful in other regions, such as university/state informatics research collaborations and curricular initiatives to ensure that the HII prepares employees appropriately for service within the state health offices.