Archive for October, 2018

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Awards Eddie Richardson, Jr., MD, FAAFP its 2018 Family Physician of the Year Award

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) recently awarded Eddie Richardson, Jr., MD, FAAFP its 2018 Family Physician of the Year Award, for his remarkable service to the organization and the family physicians it supports.

“It goes without saying that you have done incredible work in your hometown of Eatonton and for all Georgians,” said Loy D. “Chip” Cowart, president of GAFP, in presenting the award. “All of us at GAFP cannot thank you enough for your service.”

Dr. Richardson is the Medical Director and CEO of Lake Oconee Urgent & Specialty Care Center in Eatonton. He is also a hospitalist at Putnam General, in Eatonton.

Before becoming a concierge physician, Richardson served in the United States Marine Corps, during which time he fought in the Gulf War, received the Navy Medal of Achievement, and was meritoriously promoted twice.

Dr. Richardson received his Doctor of Medicine from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and completed his family medicine residency at the Medical Center in Columbus, and fellowship in geriatric and palliative medicine at the Family Medicine Residency Program at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, followed by a Master’s in Biochemistry from Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Richardson serves as the Chair of the 2018 GAFP Board of Directors and is a formal board member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

CME Registration and Hotel Deadline Reminder

Join GAFP for the 2018 Annual Scientific Assembly, November 7-10.

Earn up to 48 AAFP Prescribed credits.

New this fall:

This year’s meeting will cover current topics and workshops that highlight conditions and diseases affecting our communities.  We will have a lecture devoted to palliative care and pain management, dementia care workshop, opioid abuse, and small group learning sessions focused on physician wellness.

We will also offer four Knowledge Self-Assessment Modules (KSAs) formerly known as SAMs, including the new Hospital Medicine module.  There is something for everyone who attends the meeting.

View the Conference Agenda.

Register for the Conference.

 Rates at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort begin at $159. For reservations call 770-879-9900. Request the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians room block-available until October 25, 2018, or until the block fills. You may also book a room online by clicking here. GAFP room rates are automatically applied.

Enroll Now – ABFM Part IV Module on HPV Vaccinations

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is collaborating with the National Improvement Partnership Network to recruit participants in an ABFM – approved Part IV module on HPV vaccinations.

Opportunity to Receive ABFM Part IV credit towards your Maintenance of Certification!

The National Improvement Partnership Network and the Academic Pediatric Association are collaborating on a national initiative, NIPA, starting in November 2018, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to recruit health care practices that serve adolescents to participate in a 9-month, virtual, quality improvement project. Practices that enroll in this multi-state project will receive training in QI methodology and implement evidence-based practice changes to increase immunization rates and reduce missed opportunities for HPV vaccine administration.   Participants can earn credit towards professional certifications for project participation:

  • MC-FP credit for 1 Part IV module or 20 Part IV points, from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
  • Up to 20 Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from the AAFP

Through four consecutive cohorts, NIPA has proven an effective model for getting results. Family physicians from prior project cohorts increased HPV series initiation rates from  46 to 58% and increased series completion from rates 13 to 45%.

Enroll by October 15, 2018 at

For more information about project requirements, contact Jennifer Le at or 802-656-9195.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $29,625 in Third Cycle Community Health Grants to Support Local Health Projects

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded six Community Health Grant Award applicants $29,625 in third cycle 2018 grants.  Grant awards were made to GAFP member affiliated charitable organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. Since 2012, the Community Health Grant Program has awarded more than $222,000 in support of more than 50 GAFP member sponsored healthcare projects throughout Georgia that enhance the well-being of our communities.  With the help of a matching gift from Jackson Healthcare, GHFA doubled the number of community health grants awarded in 2018.

Visit  for more information on the community health grant program or email questions to The 2019 application will be available online in November and the submission deadline for first cycle grants is February 1, 2019.

  1. Healthy Students of Cook County Schools” $4625 Sponsored by: Thomas Fausett, MD- Adel

The goal of this project is to update medical supplies and equipment for the four schools in Cook County Georgia including: Cook Primary School, Cook Elementary School, Cook Middle School, and Cook High School. The nursing budgets for these schools are limited; therefore, the ability to acquire new equipment is limited.  Much of the equipment is out of date and non-functioning.  There continues to be increased need for medical supplies, especially more expensive items such as pulse oximeters and audiometers.  The grant would provide supplies to the four schools as recommended by the nursing staff at each school, as well as recommendations from Thomas D. Fausett, Jr., M.D and Jairaj Goberdhan, M.D., two Family Physicians practicing in Cook County.  The two physicians will oversee the project and administer the project, addressing the requests and recommendations offered from each school.

  1. Diabetes Prevention and Management Project – Good News Clinic” $5000 Sponsored by: David Westfall, MD- Gainesville

Good News Clinic (GNC) provides comprehensive healthcare for more than 3,500 patients annually who could not afford it otherwise.  GNC remains a volunteer-based clinic and is currently served by 46 volunteer physicians, 9 mid-level providers, 43 volunteer dentist and other clinical and community volunteers.  One of GNC’s heaviest areas of focus is diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. Out of the 3,500 patients treated annually, approximately 440 are diabetic. Due to the indigent status of these patients, buying blood glucose test strips is often unaffordable, leaving the patient without a valuable tool in effectively managing their disease.

GNC’s practitioners find that providing the test strips improves compliance in testing blood glucose levels which, in turn, helps patients to achieve their goal of controlling A1C. This project will provide funding for diabetic supplies, provide regular diabetes education classes to enhance compliance with medical regime and allow our registered dietitian to provide one on one counseling to enhance diet control.

  1. “Harriett Tubman Clinic’s Expanding Contraception Choice for Refugee Women Project” $5,000 Sponsored by: Angeline Ti, MD- Clarkston

Since moving to Clarkston in 2016, the Harriet Tubman Women’s Clinic (HTWC) has seen a dramatic increase in patient volume. From October 2017 through March 2018, it served 223 women, providing 76 cervical cancer screenings, testing 52 women for sexually transmitted infections and providing treatment as necessary, and dispensing contraception to 48 women. Each woman who comes through HTWC has her financial eligibility assessed by a trained member of the Georgia Volunteer Healthcare Program and must be uninsured for the care she is seeking. Therefore, through the services offered at HTWC, this particularly vulnerable cohort of women can access care which they could not otherwise. With a large proportion of refugees being young families, HTWC is faced with a growing demand for contraceptive options. Recent research has demonstrated that when barriers to contraception are removed, the use of more effective contraceptive methods increases, and rates of unintended pregnancy decrease. Using funds from this grant, HTWC plans on supplementing their current supply of oral contraceptives by stocking a variety of LARC methods and Depo Provera.

  1. “Eat, Play, Learn- Floyd Residency” $5000 Sponsored by: Pamela Obi, MD- Rome 

The Eat, Play, Learn project targets children ages 6-14 who have sought care at the Floyd Family Medicine Residency Clinic and who are considered overweight or obese by standard criteria of a BMI greater or equal to the 85th percentile. The clinic serves a large Hispanic population, most of which are considered low-income households. Lack of education, transportation, and financial resources negatively impact healthy diets and exercise. Lack of knowledge about the importance of exercise and healthy eating perpetuates obesity among this population and leads to significant comorbidities including hypertension, mood disorders and diabetes. This project hopes to address issues that perpetuate obesity by providing an avenue for at-risk children and their families to learn about healthy dietary options, participate in age-appropriate physical activities that meet CDC guidelines, and provide resources for families to purchase healthy, fresh foods.


  1. “NE GA Medical Center’s Decreasing Death Rates from Lung Cancer Through Early Detection Project,” $5000 Sponsor: Monica Newton, DO– Barrow County

Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Community Health Needs Assessment identified lung cancer in Barrow County as one of its top health priorities. Patients in Barrow county are twice as likely to die of lung cancer than those patients in neighboring Gwinnett county.

This project seeks to reduce initiation of tobacco use by partnering with the local school system to implement Tar Wars to all 4th and 5th graders throughout Barrow County. In addition, to achieve the goal of decreasing lung cancer death in this high risk county, improving awareness and access to early detection of lung cancer though low dose CT scans is needed. Developing a public awareness campaign throughout the county, providing in kind technical fees, and matching dollar for dollar the grant funds to pay for radiologist costs for those that are indigent are of vital importance.  This program will increase visibility of needed screening and assist those without insurance coverage so that they can get proactive screening which can prolong someone’s life or even cure if recognized at a very early stage. Project plans to reach 25 individuals through this targeted, collaborative outreach.

  1. “ Emory DASH To Eat Better Project” $5,000 Sponsor: Michael Ly, MD -Atlanta

School-aged children consume an average of 1,000 milligrams more sodium a day than is recommended by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Studies that examine childhood blood pressure tracking have found that children at a higher risk of developing hypertension maintain their elevated risk status throughout their childhood and into adulthood. By establishing healthy eating habits in adolescence, children who follow a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) type diet significantly reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases in adulthood. This project will educate middle school aged children and their families on strategies to make healthier snack food choices and avoid processed foods with the goal of bringing their overall sodium consumption closer to the recommended 2300 mg/day and lower their risk of developing hypertension related chronic diseases later in life.


The Alliance is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. Our nationally recognized Community Health Grant Program exists to support and create momentum in an area of need and provide vital funds for family physician sponsored healthcare projects across Georgia. 

Extended: Special Offer from the ABFM

The ABFM invites board-certified family physicians to enroll in PRIME Registry™ free for the first three years!

PRIME Registry is a practice and population data tool developed by the ABFM that safely extracts patient data* from your electronic health records (EHRs) and turns it into actionable measures, presented in an easy-to-use, personalized dashboard, maintaining its full confidentiality. PRIME not only simplifies quality reporting for payment programs such as MIPS and CPC+, but also allows you to better evaluate aspects of your practice, patient groups, and individual patients, illuminating gaps or successes in patient care.

Another bonus for ABFM Diplomates: the integrated Performance Improvement (PI) activity tool allows Diplomates to easily use EHR data to complete PI activities and earn points toward the ABFM continuous certification requirements.

Coming this summer, PRIME will add social determinant and community resource data, showing clusters of disease, poor outcomes, and community resources for patients and clinics via the new Population Health Assessment Engine (PHATE ™).

By enrolling in PRIME now, you will secure free MIPS reporting through PRIME in 2019, and you will be able to take advantage of all the features PRIME has to offer.

Ready to get started? Enroll at Have questions? Email or call 877-223-7437.

* All registry data are maintained in compliance with HIPAA, subject to a Business Associates Agreement, but the ABFM has gone farther to protect your data. The registry vendor has no rights to use identified data without your permission, and the ABFM purposefully cannot touch patient data except for research purposes and after Institutional Review Board approval.