Archive for April, 2018

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Director of Philanthropy Shares Impact of Community Health Grant Program with Rotary Clubs

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Director of Philanthropy, Amy Turner, is attending Rotary Club meetings across the state to share information on the impact of the Alliance’s nationally-recognized Community Health Grant program, Tar Wars and our Capital Campaign.

Ms. Turner attended the Habersham Rotary Club on April 5th and is scheduled to speak at the Rome Rotary Club on April 19th where she will present a check to recent community health grant recipient Faith and Deeds Community Clinic for their Log It, Learn It, Let’s Stay Healthy Project. She will also speak to the Hall County Rotary Club on May 1st and is currently scheduling additional meetings in communities across the state.

The Alliance seeks to partner with Rotary Clubs to find funding to allow for more grants in communities. If you are a Rotarian and would like to have Amy attend your meeting to share the excellent work Georgia family physicians are doing across the state email or call (404) 321-7445.

Since launching the Community Health Grant Program in 2012, GHFA has awarded 45 projects more than $198,245 in grant funds to GAFP member-sponsored projects that support GHFA priorities including underserved populations and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. The application deadline for second 2018 award cycle is May 14, 2018.

Visit  for more information or to download the application.

Nominations Now Open for 2018 Annual Awards

To my GAFP Colleagues:

It’s award nomination season and we’d like you to think about honoring a fellow Georgia family physician, or a deserving student or resident in your program. Please help me and the rest of your Georgia family physicians in recognizing exemplary service to the profession of family medicine and contributions to our State, by nominating someone for one of the following awards:

GAFP Awards Deadline To Submit Nominations
Family Medicine Resident of the Year April 13, 2018
Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship April 13, 2018
T.A. Sappington Award April 13, 2018
Family Medicine Community and Volunteer Services Award May 4, 2018
Georgia Family Physician of The Year May 4, 2018
Family Medicine Educator of The Year May 4, 2018

The Membership Committee will nominate a slate to be approved by the Board of Directors, and presentation of the awards will be held during the 2018 GAFP Annual Meeting in November.

Many noteworthy colleagues may not have been considered for an award because they were not nominated.  To download an electronic copy of the awards nomination package, go to  New this year is that the documents are now in a pdf format that you can fill out and email back to GAFP, which makes it easier for the Membership Committee to read your nomination.

The awards nomination package includes the awards and criteria, nomination forms and a list of past winners of each award.

If you have questions, please contact Angela Flanigan at 1-800-392-3841 or


Loy “Chip” Cowart, III, MD, FAAFP

President, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians


Members in the News

Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy welcomes Donald Fordham, MD

GAFP President Elect Donald Fordham, MD, of Demorest, has been selected to attend the Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy (GPLA) Class XI. He will join a distinguished list of over 100 physician leaders in Georgia who have graduated from this marquee program of the MAG Foundation.

Congratulations Dr. Fordham!

Register Now for GAFP’s Upcoming Spring Webinars!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is bringing you webinars with key information that is vital to Georgia’s family physicians and your patient population.  These educational webinars offer a streamlined, comprehensive approach to services that are needed and accessible to clinicians. Please register and plan on participating to hear the latest updates.

Choosing Quality Measures to Maximize your MIPS Quality Score – April 24th – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Webinar Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the major changes in reporting and scoring for the 2018 Performance Year of the Quality Payment Program
  • Participants will understand the benchmarks of measures and how these benchmarks affect the Quality Score
  • Participants will understand how to obtain bonus points under the quality category

Please click the link to register for the April 24th webinar.

Congenital Syphilis   – April 25th at 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe the epidemiology of primary and secondary syphilis, particularly among women of reproductive age in Georgia
  • Apply Georgia state laws and guidelines from the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force related to syphilis screening and treatment during pregnancy
  • Describe common barriers to screening for and treatment of syphilis in pregnancy during a clinical encounter, and demonstrate ways to overcome the barriers

Please click the link to register for the April 25th webinar.

Last Chance to Register with a Discount!

All good things must come to an end, including the best pricing we’ll offer for the Summer CME meeting. Don’t miss the only early registration discount for the Summer CME Family Medicine Weekend, June 14-17, at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Amelia Island, FL. Early Bird rates expire April 16th.

The three-day meeting will provide an overview of clinical topics including: Case Studies on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Hemophilia Awareness, and Chronic Disease Management and much more!  We also balance the CME sessions with family and beach activities. The preliminary agenda is available to preview at

Omni Amelia Island Resort give guests an authentic feel for the local flavor. Enjoy luxurious world-class resort pools, championship golf, full-service spa, endless dining options and family-friendly activities. Stroll 3.5 miles of pristine beach or spend an afternoon kayaking and paddle boarding through Amelia Island’s preserved marshlands. This event sells out every year so make your hotel reservations now!  Room rates at the Amelia Island start at $259 a night. To make your reservations, call 1-888-261-6161 and request the Georgia Academy of Family Physician’s room block. The room block closes on May 12, 2018, or once our block sells out at the hotel.

To learn more about the agenda and registration, visit and you can always call GAFP offices at 800-392-3841 to register by phone.

Boogie to the Beach with GAFP for Fun, Sun, and CME.

Click here to register today!