Archive for February, 2019

What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Why are health care professionals across the nation embracing trauma-informed care? The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) posed this question to clinicians and patients to gather first-hand perspectives on the value of trauma-informed care. Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

A trauma-informed approach to care acknowledges that health care organizations and care teams need to have a complete picture of a patient’s life situation — past and present — in order to provide effective health care services with a healing orientation. Adopting trauma-informed practices can potentially improve patient engagement, treatment adherence, and health outcomes, as well as clinician and staff wellness. It can also help reduce avoidable care and excess costs for both the health care and social service sectors.

Click the links below to explore videos addressing the benefits of trauma-informed care. LEARN MORE 


Content provided by the Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center – Center for Health Care Strategies website

2019 Committee Chair Appointments Announced

GAFP President, Donald L. Fordham, MD, FAAFP has been hard at work on committee appointments for 2019.  He has appointed all Committee Chairs, Vice Chairs and Co-Chairs and they are listed here:

Education & Research                                                  

Chair – Theresa Jacobs MD – Conyers

Vice Chair – Ken Howard MD – Rome

Finance Committee                                                       

Chair – Sharon Rabinovitz MD – Decatur

Vice Chair – John Vu MD – Griffin

Legislative Committee                                                 

Co-Chair – Bruce LeClair MD – Evans

Co-Chair – Rick Wherry  MD – Dahlonega

Membership Committee                                                            

Chair –Mike Busman MD – Americus

Vice Chair – Elvan “Ellie” Daniels MD – Atlanta

PAC Board                                                          

Chair – Loy D. “Chip” Cowart MD – Statesboro

Vice Chair – Monica Newton DO – Gainesville

Practice Management                                                  

Co-Chair – Jay Goberdhan MD – Adel

Co-Chair – Michael Satchell MD – Albany

Public Health                                                    

Chair – Jay Floyd MD – Brunswick

Vice Chair – Sherma Peter, MD  – Sylvania

Student and Resident                                                   

Chair –  Julie Dahl-Smith DO – Augusta

Vice Chair – Kevin Johnson MD – Lawrenceville

Congratulations to these leaders!

The GAFP thanks the leaders who are willing to devote time to advance family medicine in Georgia.  GAFP Committee appointments are currently underway, and there is still availability to serve in 2019.  If you are interested in joining a committee, please click here to complete the GAFP Committee Recruitment 2019 form or contact Angela Flanigan, Chief Operating Officer – Phone:  800.392.3841 and email: for more information.

The first Committee Conclave of the year is the weekend of March 2-3, 2019 at the Graduate Hotel in Athens.

Final Call for 2019 Committee Appointments – Positions 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. (4 committee openings)

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. (9 committee openings)

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. (6 committee openings)

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. (8 committee openings)

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. (4 committee openings)

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. (7 committee openings)

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. (8 committee openings)

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:_________________________________


Click Here to fill out the PDF

GAFP Member Leads the Formation of the AAFP’s Obstetrics Member Interest Group!

GAFP member, Zita Magloire, MD outreached to GAFP and other AAFP members to secure the needed petitioners in forming a Member Interest Group on Obstetrics!  Dr. Magloire will serve as the Chair of the OB MIG community.  Congratulations Dr. Magloire and thank you for your leadership in this key area of family medicine and securing a format for mutual discussion from around the AAFP family of family medicine.

The Obstetric (OB) Member Interest Group was formed by physicians, residents and medical students who believe that this area of our practice needed more visibility within the AAFP community. The goals of this group are to increase the number of topics specifically related to maternity care in AAFP sponsored events and publications, as well as to develop resolutions to assist family physicians with credentialing for cesareans, vaginal deliveries and other obstetrical procedures that have been challenging for family physicians to obtain in many states. The group is dynamic and seeks input of family physicians from across the country to ensure their goals and objectives remain relevant in today’s changing health care climate.

Click here to join the community today!