Archive for February, 2017
The GAFP serves as a partner of the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2), a coalition of organizations who have aligned programs and services dedicated to connecting and collaborating to lead Georgia providers in transforming healthcare using technology and quality improvement processes.
The GAFP coordinates and hosts 30-minute monthly webinars on topics that foster collaboration on practice quality improvement, facilitated efforts around cardiac care, diabetes management, motivational interviewing, behavioral health, and medication adherence. These educational CME webinars offer a streamlined, comprehensive approach to services that are needed and accessible to clinicians.
This month’s webinar, Using Antibiotics Wisely for Adult Patients in Primary Care, will be held on February 22nd at 12:30 pm. Dr. Adrienne Mims will serve as our faculty. Please click the link to register for this month’s webinar. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8402924536095316996
Million Hearts® has promoted the use of an evidence-based Blood Pressure Protocol as an effective tool for improving blood pressure control among members of the healthcare team, providers, and health care systems. The current Blood Pressure Protocol was developed by a group of stakeholders that recognized the use of protocols held the key to success for blood pressure control.
Advantages to adoption of a Blood Pressure Protocol include, but not limited to, the following:
§ Consistency in management of blood pressure by the care team
§ Plan for escalation of therapy
§ Allowing team members to practice at their highest level of their license
§ Ability to audit and obtain feedback from the healthcare team
§ Ability to use audit data in quality improvement projects
§ Celebrate early wins
Clinicians are encouraged to consider adoption of a Blood Pressure Protocol to provide education to their care team and their patients and enhance the patient involvement as part of the healthcare team. For ease of development, Million Hearts® has a Blood Pressure Protocol available that can be customized with local formulary medications, staff roles and adding the Practice name at:
The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) needs your help spreading the tobacco-freeTar Wars message to fourth- and fifth-grade students in all corners of Georgia.
A limited number of stipends are available to FMIG, Family Medicine Resident groups and GAFP members who present Tar Wars before the end of May 2017. By volunteering just one hour of your time you can help us educate Georgia’s youth on the dangers of traditional and E- Cigarettes while spreading the tobacco-free Tar Warsmessage in your community.
Presenting Tar Wars is easy – and fun! We’ll mail a Tar Wars Classroom Kit to you with all the materials you will need for the presentation. The kit includes all the activity materials and handouts you’ll need, plus poster board and markers to help the students create posters “advertising” the benefits of living a tobacco free life. Prior to the presentation, we can also schedule a presenter “training” session to review theTar Wars Program Guide, which contains step-by-step instructions for each Tar Wars classroom activity.
Tar Wars can also be presented to both Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops as well as youth after school enrichment programs, youth groups, etc. To volunteer or learn more about potential presentations in your area please contact Kara Sinkule at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free (800) 392-3841.
Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The program is designed to teach kids about the short-term, image-based consequences of tobacco use, the cost associated with using tobacco products, new and emerging products like E-Cigarettes and the advertising techniques used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth. To learn more visit the Tar Wars home page located at www.tarwars.org.
*Tar Wars stipends are made possible by a grant from the W.G. Raoul Foundation.