Archive for October, 2014

Order Your Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Draw Down Tickets for a Chance to Win $10,000

Please join us for the very first Georgia Healthy Family Alliance $10,000 Draw Down on Friday, November 14th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm during the GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly at the Westin Buckhead.

This brand new event is like a raffle in reverse! Purchase your tickets using the form below to be entered into the Draw Down. At the Draw Down on Friday night, we will begin to draw tickets. If you’re ticket is drawn, you are out of the running for the $10,000, but you may still win one of our additional prizes! However, if you purchased a ticket with insurance and yours is one of the first 50 tickets drawn, your ticket goes back in for a second chance. You have the option to split the winnings if you have one of the last 4, 3, or 2 tickets left, or you can go for the $10,000 grand prize!

You can also find the ticket order form on the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance website or you can order your tickets when you register for the 2014 Annual Scientific Assembly.

Draw Down Raffle Ticket Order Form



Cell Phone__________________________ Email:________________________________

Check One

     _____ Draw Down Ticket (s) @$50 each

     _____ Draw Down Ticket(s) w/ *Insurance @ $75 each

   (*If ticket is one of the first 50 drawn, it will be returned to Draw Down barrel for a second chance)

    ( ) Cash

    ( ) Check payable to Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

    ( ) Credit Card ___________________________________ Billing Zip___________

     Expiration __________________   V-CODE ______________________________

Please check all that apply (even if you plan to attend)

_____If my name is one of the last 4 names remaining and the other 3 remaining names agree, I wish to split the $10,000 four ways winning $2,500.

_____If my name is one of the last 3 names remaining and the other 2 remaining names agree, I wish to split the $10,000 three ways winning $3,333.33.

_____If my name is one of the last 2 names remaining and the other remaining name agrees, I wish to split the $10,000 two ways winning $5,000.

            I do not wish to split at any level.

_____If I win I would like to donate $_____ to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

            I am planning to attend.                      I cannot attend.

GHFA 3760 LaVista Road, Ste. 100 Tucker, GA 30084 ~ Georgia Raffle License No. 2007024

Ebola Update: Message from the CDC and Online Resources for Providers

The GAFP is tracking the latest Ebola updates for healthcare providers. Below is a letter from the CDC regarding prevention of the spread of the disease. There are also additional online resources after the letter and on our Notifiable Disease Page that may be helpful for physicians and other healthcare providers.

Dear Colleague,

As a frontline healthcare provider, you play an essential role in protecting the health and well-being of our nation. In light of the recent presentation of an Ebola-positive patient in Texas, we wanted to remind all healthcare professionals that simple steps can be taken to prevent the spread of this disease. You can contribute to our country’s response by being ready to detect a potentially infected patient; protect yourself, your colleagues, and other patients from exposure; and respond with appropriate patient care. Specifically, you should be ready to:

  • Detect: Ask All Patients with Non-Specific Complaints About Recent Travel A travel history should be taken as early as possible in your encounter with all patients. Although the signs and symptoms of Ebola are nonspecific (e.g., fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.), Ebola can be virtually eliminated from your differential by ruling out travel to the affected area.
  • Protect: Use Good Infection Control Practices Consistent and correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE), frequent hand washing, and proper decontamination of surfaces and equipment are key to reducing or eliminating the transmission of Ebola and other communicable diseases (e.g., HIV, influenza, hepatitis, and Enterovirus-D68).
  • Respond: Have a Plan All healthcare workers should know what to do when encountering a suspected Ebola patient.  It is critical to know who to notify and to make that notification immediately.  Remember, Ebola is a nationally notifiable disease and must be reported to local, state, and federal public health authorities.

The CDC website has many important resources for clinicians to learn more about Ebola.

In addition, the CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is always available at 770-488-7100 or

In the last decade, our nation has made great strides in healthcare system and public health emergency preparedness. As a result of our efforts, we are confident in our collective ability to control the spread of Ebola domestically. Thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to national health security.


Best regards,

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

RADM, U.S. Public Health Service

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


Additional Resources:

The CDC’s Ebola Website

The Latest CDC “Health Alert Network” Notice: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Ebola website

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Ebola Website

Tell AAFP about your experience with narrowing networks

Tell AAFP about your experience with narrowing networks
AAFP is asking members to complete a survey to help them better understand the breadth, depth, and effects of narrowing networks on physicians and patients alike. The Academy will use information collected from the survey in their advocacy efforts by presenting it to federal and state policymakers and insurance regulators. Complete the survey at