Archive for January, 2019

Member Access to November Board Minutes and Leadership Decisions

Member Access to November Board Minutes and Leadership Decisions

In an effort to keep GAFP members more informed of Board decisions, members can now access the November Board minutes.

Even though major activities tend to be reported in our newsletter, members may keep track of leadership decisions and adherence to the GAFP mission and strategic plan by reviewing quarterly Board minutes via a simple request to staff.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the GAFP Board minutes, please contact the staff by email at  Only GAFP members have the privilege to review the GAFP’s Board of Director’s minutes.

Final Call for 2019 Committee Appointments – Slots Filling Up

Recruitment for 2019 Georgia Academy Leadership!

To:       GAFP Colleague (Active, Life, Resident, Medical Student)

From:   Donald L. Fordham, MD, FAAFP – President

One of the most important roles serving as your President for this upcoming year is appointing the Committee members for 2019.  I am soliciting your interest in participating on one of the Georgia Academy’s committees for next year.

I ask that you only volunteer to be nominated if you can attend either in person or by phone all 3 meetings in 2019.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2019 Committee Conclaves:

  • Saturday, March 2 Athens (The Graduate Hotel)
  • Thursday, June 6 Amelia Island, FL (in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting at Omni Amelia Island Resort)
  • Saturday, August 3 Buford (Lanier Island Legacy Lodge)

I appreciate your consideration of service with your colleagues on a committee.  We are only strong with many voices of family medicine working together.


Committee membership will be held to no more than 15 members. For most committees, this will include one slot for a resident and a medical student. The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

There will also be a Legislative Session Working Group that meets for a shorter time period (January-March 2019) to assist in Georgia Academy programs.

Following is a list of the opportunities for service. We encourage your interest and participation as this is certainly an important and pivotal time for family medicine. We are only as strong as the commitment and involvement of our members.

Education and Research Committee (15 members): This committee is responsible for all the educational activities of the Georgia Academy, including the annual and summer meeting, as well as our national GO! Diabetes project and the education for the Patient Centered Medical Home University.

Finance Committee (15 members): This committee reviews the financials including staff benefits and the budget. It also makes recommendations to the Board on financial policies.

Legislative Committee (15 members): This committee oversees all advocacy and legislative activities and recommends action to the Board to assure representation of family medicine and our patients.

State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet weekly by phone from January – March to review the policy priorities of the Georgia Academy along with receiving updates on the activities of the Georgia General Assembly. Areas of focus will include the State Budget (Medicaid, Public Health), Tort Reform, Insurance Initiatives, Public Safety, Medical Education, Georgia Board Physician Workforce Funding of Family Medicine Residency Programs and Scope of Practice.

Membership Services Committee (15 members): This committee has the responsibility for membership recruitment and retention, overview of leadership development, as well as, for all local and national award nominations. This committee is also tasked with monitoring the communications to our members.

Practice Management Committee (15 members): The Practice Management Committee monitors insurance policies and issues that affect the business of family medicine. It also works on practice transformation and the patient centered medical home. The committee is continually monitoring new payment models and works to educate our membership on patient centered medical home, accountable care organizations, Medicare Advantage plans and other business models.

Public Health Committee (15 members): This committee works to improve the health and welfare of our state’s citizens by assisting Georgia’s Department of Public Health in their mission. The Georgia Academy has an ongoing contractual relationship with the Department of Public Health that is overseen by this committee.

Student & Resident Recruitment Committee (15 members – 9 active/life members, 3 students, 3 residents) This Committee promotes family medicine to our Georgia medical students, pre-medical and high school students as well as looks for areas to support family medicine physicians-in-training.

Committee Membership Application


I am a __________Medical Student ______________Resident ________________Family Physician

______________________________is the Committee I would like to serve on in 2019.

____________I can attend all 3 committee dates (either in person or by phone).

I cannot attend all three committee dates, I can attend _______________of the meetings.

My talents and expertise that will assist the committee are:



If I am not selected for my committee of choice. I would like to be considered for the _______________ Committee.

I would also like to volunteer for the Legislative Session Working Group:_________________________________

Register now for GAFP Legislative Day 2019

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Legislative Day at the Capitol – Registration

Governor Elect-Brian Kemp – Invited for Keynote Address

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Floyd Veterans Building, Floyd Room, West Tower, 20th Floor

2 Martin Luther King Drive, Atlanta, GA 30334

and Georgia State Capitol

Hosted by Patient-Centered Coalition of Georgia


Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Georgia OBGyn Society, Georgia Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics

Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association, Georgia Chapter – American College of Physicians


8:30 am – 9:15 am                                                           Breakfast/Legislative Priorities

9:15 am – 10:15 am                                                         Policy Briefing – Keynote Speaker

10:15 am – Noon                                                              Legislative Visits at the Capitol

 2:15 pm – 2:00 pm                                                         Lunch with Legislators/Wrap Up​

Name * Family Physician

* Family Medicine Resident

*   Medical Student

*   Med Student/Resident Seeking up to $75 stipend for travel (mileage and parking – note – one per car)


  Invite Your Legislator to Lunch!

* I will invite my State Rep & Senator

  Please register by 1/25/2019

Email to Fay Fulton ( or Fax 404.321.7450

HOME Address (so we can identify your state legislators)
City, Zip
Phone                                                             Email
State Senator / State Representative (If Known)



GHFA Seeking First Cycle Community Health Grant Applications

GHFA Seeking Applicants for First Cycle

2019 Community Health Grant Awards Program

Deadline to Apply for First Cycle 2019 Funding is February 1st

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is currently seeking applications for the first cycle of the 2019 Community Health Grant Awards program. Grant awards of up to $5,000 are awarded to GAFP member affiliated organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply. The application deadline for first cycle 2019 awards is February 1st. First cycle grant awards will be announced in March 2019.

Over the last six years, the Community Health Grant Program has given more than $222,000 in grants back to GAFP members, residency programs, FMIG groups and their communities including the Morehouse medical student sponsored H.E.A.L. On Wheels project pictured below.

Morehouse Students Volunteering for H.E.A.L. On Wheels

The second cycle application deadline is May 14, 2019 and the final application deadline for 2019 grants is July 9th. Visit  to download the 2019 application or view a list of previously funded grant projects.

Even if you do not have a community project that could benefit from a grant, please consider making a contribution so that the Alliance can continue to support these vital projects. All donations are tax deductible. Alliance contributions can be made easily online at or  by contacting Shan Hayes at or calling (800) 392-3841.


Nomination for Attendance at AAFP Leadership Meeting – April 25-27, 2019, Kansas City, MO (Preconference April 24)

Attention 2018 GAFP Active Members:

AAFP Leadership Conference – April 25-27, 2019 (preconference April 24) – Kansas City, Missouri Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

To:          GAFP Colleagues (Active Member Category)

From:     Donald L. Fordham, MD, FAAFP – President

If you want to get more involved in your state and national academies, being a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Annual Chapter Leadership Forum (ACLF) and the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the perfect opportunity.

Join your Georgia colleagues and network with over 300 family physician leaders from around the country at this vibrant meeting – April 25-27, 2019 (optional preconference April 24) – Kansas City, Missouri.  Whether you’re seeking professional development, leadership development, or a voice in policy development, the AAFP Leadership Conference is the place to network, learn, and train with hundreds of current and aspiring leaders in family medicine.

Three-plus days of training. Two dynamic tracks. One focus: LEADERSHIP.

Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF)

The Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) is the AAFP’s leadership development program for chapter-elected leaders, aspiring leaders, and chapter staff. -Discover solutions to chapter challenges.

  • Learn from your colleagues.
  • Strengthen relationships with peers and AAFP leaders.
  • Refine leadership skills.
  • Develop new leaders.

National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL)

The National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the AAFP’s premier policy and leadership development event for underrepresented constituencies.

  • Create powerful platforms for change and influence AAFP policies.
  • Inspire yourself, your colleagues, and other AAFP members. -Lead the way for progress and improvement.
  • Voice your unique perspective and opinion with others who share common interests.
  • Build leadership skills to use in your practice and community.

At NCCL, you will elect national officers, gain and enhance skills to become an articulate policy advocate and an effective leader, and meet others who share similar interests. Chapter delegates participate in all NCCL-specific business functions and have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational breakout sessions each day as well.

If you are chosen to be a GAFP representative to ACLF or NCCL, the Georgia Academy will reimburse your travel expenses up to $800 – $1,000*. (with the submission of an expense report and receipts).

If you are interested serving as a delegate to ACLF or NCCL please email and make a brief statement of your interest no later than Friday, February 1. All nominees will be notified in mid-February in time to register for the “early bird” AAFP registration discount.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Fay Fulton ( or call 800.392.3841.

*This travel stipend typically does not cover the cost of the entire meeting which is between $1,000 – $1,300*