Archive for May, 2018

Georgia Family Physicians Receive Matching Grant from Jackson Healthcare for Community Health Grant Program

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance – the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians- is pleased to announce a matching grant for its nationally recognized Community Health Grant program from Alpharetta-based Jackson Healthcare. The matching grant will fund additional healthcare projects across Georgia in 2018 for communities that identify their urgent health needs.

Since launching the Community Grant Award Program in 2012, the Alliance has given more than $198,245 to 45 local healthcare projects. Jackson Healthcare’s generous contribution will enable the Alliance to continue to help Georgians like “Patrice,” a 53-year-old woman with no resources diagnosed with ovarian cancer after a visit to her local emergency room.  She was advised to apply for the hospital’s Indigent Care Program, but informed she first needed a referral from a primary care doctor. A grant to the Hearts and Hands charitable care clinic in Statesboro provided lifesaving help when she needed it most. The clinic staff immediately added her to the schedule where she was seen by a family physician and referred to a gynecological oncologist. The clinic assisted her in enrolling in the Indigent Care Program and she had successful surgery the following week.

“This matching grant is a remarkable gift that affirms the vital work family physicians are doing   throughout the state for Georgia’s most fragile citizens,” said Evelyn Lewis & Clark MD, President of the Alliance. “We hope Jackson Healthcare’s generous gift will encourage other businesses, corporations and individuals to partner with the Alliance to help family physicians advance our commitment for a healthier Georgia.”

“The Community Health Grant program allows Georgia’s businesses to partner with family physicians to improve the lives of Georgians with specific healthcare needs,” said Shane Jackson, president of Jackson Healthcare. “We are thankful for the invaluable work family physicians do each day to keep us healthy and productive. I encourage my business leader peers to partner with the Alliance to support the vital work they are doing,” he added.

Founded in 1987, the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance’s mission is to serve the people of Georgia by enhancing their well-being through educational and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of family medicine. The Georgia Healthy Family

Alliance is the only charitable organization in Georgia whose objective is to improve health care through programs led and supported by family physicians. The Alliance relies on the leadership, support and generosity of family physicians and corporate donors to fulfill our mission. Visit to learn more.

Register Now!! June Webinar on “I’m growing up, now what?” The process of Transitioning to Adult Services: Unique Health Care Challenges for Youth with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities – June 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Through a partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, GAFP is offering a webinar on Health Care Transition.

This month’s webinar will be held on June 6th at 12:00 pm and will feature a presentation by Andrea Videlefsky, MD – Medical Co-Director, Adult Disability Medical Home, Inc. and Jeffrey M. Reznik, MD., Urban Family Practice. From this webinar, you’ll learn what unique challenges Georgia’s youth with developmental disabilities are facing and how to create an emergency plan.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Forming a medical home within the framework of your insurance plan
  • Identifying what you need when leaving the pediatrician (medical summary, immunization records, medication history, etc.)
  • Identifying other transitional issues (what happens after school?)
  • Creating a viable emergency plan
  • Establishing long term goals that effect access to legal, health and service options

Please click the link to register for the June 6th webinar.

Can’t Listen Live?  Register anyway – and we’ll send you the recording once it’s posted on our website.


Hurry! Online Summer Meeting registration closes soon!

Please note that online registration for the 2018 GAFP Summer CME meeting will close, May 25th. Registration will reopen onsite Thursday, June 14th at 1:30 pm at the Omni Amelia Island Resort – Conference Center. The current full price rate is $370 for members and $470 for non-member physicians.

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Georgia-Strong – Academy Leaders Shine in Kansas City

In the last week of April, the Georgia Academy had a delegation of 13 members and staff who attended the AAFP’s Annual Chapter Leadership Forum/National Conference for Constituency Leadership Meeting.  Thank you to the following members who attended (most are in the photo below):

Mike Busman, MD, Le’ Church, MD, Chip Cowart, MD, Kim Eubanks, MD, Tom Fausett, MD, Donny Fordham, MD, Jay Goberdhan, MD, Wanda Gumbs, MD, Casey Heinritz, DO, Christina Kelly, MD, Leonard Reeves, MD, Angeline Ti, MD, Nkiruka Udejiofor, MD, John Vu, MD and staff Fay Fulton, Angela Flanigan and Megan Neuffer

Congenital Syphilis in Georgia

Thomas Creger, PhD, MPH – University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Infectious Diseases

Tenesha Wallace, MA – Communication and Public Health Manager, Georgia Academy of Family Physician

Congenital Syphilis in Georgia

Over the past 5 years, syphilis cases among women in the US have been increasing. This has led to an increasing number of cases of congenital syphilis cases in the US and in Georgia. There were 628 cases of congenital syphilis reported to CDC in 2016 and 21 of them were from Georgia (ranked 9th in the US). Congenital syphilis is preventable if infection is diagnosed and treated early but screening is critical since most women are asymptomatic. Since 2015, screening for syphilis in pregnancy has been required by law in Georgia (OCGA 31-17-4.2) at the initial prenatal visit and during the 3rd trimester (ideally between 28-32 weeks). It is recommended that women in high incidence areas be tested again at delivery.

Syphilis infection in pregnancy can lead to stillbirth, congenital syphilis, neonatal death and low birthweight. The management of syphilis in pregnancy is similar to non-pregnant women with benzathine penicillin 2.4 million units (MU) intramuscular (IM) administered once for early infection (acquired within the past 12 months) and 2.4 MU IM once weekly for three weeks for latent infection or syphilis of unknown duration.

Clinicians and public health providers should work together in order to ensure diagnosis, treatment, partner therapy and follow up of syphilis-exposed infants. The best way to reduce rates of congenital syphilis is to remind patients about the importance of early and frequent engagement in prenatal care. Increased awareness among providers who care for pregnant women about how to diagnose and manage this preventable infection is also necessary in order to decrease the adverse outcomes of syphilis in pregnancy.

For more information contact:


Office of STD

Georgia Department of Public Health


404-657-3133 (Fax)