Archive for February, 2020

Next Steps for Potential for GAFP Group Association 401K Plan

Update by President Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP

Your leadership reviewed information from outside consultants and member feedback for offering a new member benefit with a Multiple Employer 401K Plan.  At the end of 2019, the Executive Committee dedicated additional budget funds and asked senior staff and consultants to move forward with seeking a recordkeeper that will implement the plan including outreach and marketing to our members.

As President, I formed a small Task Force with members who have a strong background in finance.  We will be meeting at the end of February to select a recordkeeper and move forward with plan development.  More information will be sent to all members as we get closer to launching this unique member benefit in the next 3-4 months.  We are excited to be supporting our members with their financial future.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact staff either EVP Fay Fulton (ffulton@gafp.org) or COO Angela Flanigan (aflanigan@gafp.org)

 

Attention: Student & Residents| Scholarships for AAFP National Conference

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference

The 2020 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students will take place July 30–August 1 in Kansas City, MO. Past attendees consistently rate this event as an invaluable opportunity because of the practical sessions, networking, and chance to learn more about family medicine.

The AAFP Foundation offers two awards to help students and residents attend National Conference and improve their leadership skills.

  1. FML Emerging Leader Institute(www.aafpfoundation.org) is a year-long leadership development program that starts immediately after National Conference. This highly competitive program accepts 30 scholars who each receive a $1,000 award to help with travel and lodging expenses. The application deadline is March 1.
  2. FML Scholarships provide 220 awards valued at $600 each. This financial assistance helps offset expenses of attending National Conference such as registration, travel, lodging, and meals. The application deadline is April 29.

Attendees are encouraged to apply for both opportunities; however, an FML Scholarship application will be considered only if an applicant is not selected for the FML Emerging Leader Institute.

If you have specific questions about National Conference or FML Scholarships, contact Rachel Larsen by email or at (800) 274-2237 ext. 6369.

If you have questions about the FML Emerging Leader Institute, contact Annette Routon by email or at (800) 274-2237 ext. 6223.”

Barrow County School Nurse recently presented Tar Wars to County Line Elementary School in Winder, Georgia

Barrow County School Nurse Melanie Boestfleisch (R) recently presented Tar Wars to County Line Elementary School students in Winder, Georgia. Students learned how smoking and vaping damages your lungs as well as other dangers posed by E-Cigarettes/ JUULS and Hookahs. Students were also encouraged to create their own advertisements for living a tobacco and nicotine free life to enter in the Tar Wars statewide poster competition. To learn how you can present Tar Wars in your community contact Kara Sinkule at ksinkule@gafp.org or call (404) 321-7445.

        Support for Tar Wars Georgia provided by the W.G. Raoul Foundation

Seeking Family Physician Who is Exemplary in Supporting Georgia’s Maternal and Child Health Population

The Georgia Academy, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, is seeking nominees for members who have supported Georgia’s mothers and children above and beyond the scope of family medicine.  Last year’s awardee was Zita Magloire, MD of Cairo, Georgia who is a board-certified family physician currently in private group practice at Cairo Medical Care. In addition to practicing both inpatient and outpatient medicine, Dr. Magloire has a special interest in women’s health, and provides full obstetrical services including cesarean sections for her patients. Our 2018 awardee was Viktoria Nurpeisov, MD of Smyrna, Georgia who is the Medical Director of WellStar Family Medicine Clinic, a service of Kennestone Hospital, a comprehensive outreach clinic for patients, including mothers with unplanned pregnancies, limited resources, and recent immigrants

We are looking for YOU or a colleague who have gone the extra mile to support healthy moms and children in your community.  Please email Tenesha Wallace (twallace@gafp.org) with the name of your nominee and a few sentences about what makes them unique in their support of healthy moms and children.  The award will be presented at our Summer Family Medicine Weekend meeting in June.  Please send us a response no later than April 13th.

Magic Moments in Family Medicine: A Family Medicine Day for Medical Students

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) is excited to offer medical students a

Family Medicine Day with Residency Recruitment Fair – Saturday, February 29th. The highly anticipated one-day event introduces medical students to family medicine, residency training programs and provides terrific hands-on skills training workshops. We will end the day with a reception at Portico – Le Meridian Atlanta Perimeter with family physician leaders from around the state sharing with medical students their passion for Family Medicine.

Participating students will receive:

  • Travel Stipend up to $300
  • 3 hours of clinical workshops.
  • A recruiting fair with Georgia family medicine residency programs.
  • Great professional networking opportunities.

We have been overwhelmed with interest in the event and have reached peak registration capacity for the workshop. However, we are still accepting applications from medical students who wish to attend the residency fair on Saturday afternoon (click here to register)! Should you have additional questions, please contact Tenesha Wallace at (404) 321-7445 or twallace@gafp.org.

Note: Registration for the workshop is at full capacity.

*Medical student workshop participates can earn up to $300 if they live in/outside of metro Atlanta*

Save the Date: 2020 GAFP /GPCA Joint Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physician (GAFP) and the Georgia Primary Care Association (GPCA) Summer CME Meeting returns to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, FL. Meeting dates are June 4 – June 7, 2020.

Registration will open soon! Check the event page on the GAFP website for updates. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to earn up to 36.5 AAFP Prescribed Credits and 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™* during the Summer CME Meeting!

Mark your calendars for another great year of CME, fun and networking!

*Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians Determination of credit is pending

PrEP Prevention Practices Questionnaire

Dear Georgia Academy Member,

My name is Jacqueline Bible and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Family Science and Human Development department at Montclair State University, focusing on health, prevention, and sexuality. I am pleased to invite you and other physicians you may know to participate in a short online survey on your thoughts about PrEP and HIV prevention. Most questions focus on those you treat who men are who have sex with other men, regardless of how they identify their sexual orientation. To participate in this study, you must be a licensed MD, DO, NP, or PA. The survey should take no more than 20-30 minutes to complete and can be completed at your convenience anytime over the next two weeks. Participation is anonymous and confidential. As a thank you, we will make monetary donations on behalf of the project to health organizations survey respondents select from the following list: Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

To participate, you must:

– Be a licensed MD, DO, NP, or PA

– Be able to prescribe medication

If you have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Bible at (248) 701 5756, biblej1@montclair.edu or Dr. Brad van Eeden-Moorefield at vaneedenmobr@montclair.edu.  Thank you for considering participating in this study. This study has been approved by the University Institutional Review Board (IRB #FY16-17-582).

The survey can be found here: https://montclair.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56jhS7mELsTWGup

PerformanceNavigator® Your Guide to Family Medicine Certification

Satisfy your Family Medicine Certification’s Performance Improvement and Self-Assessment activities—all in one program. Earn up to 107.75 AAFP Prescribed credits. Improve care among your patient panel with cardiometabolic conditions: diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia.

Register now for the AAFP’s PerformanceNavigator Workshop, March 19-21, Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA.

PerformanceNavigator blends live, expert-led instruction with group-learning activities and easy-to-use online tools relating to diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Meet all of your ABFM Performance Improvement Activities, Self-Assessment activities, and CME requirements for a three-year stage.

At this workshop, you will:

  • Improve your practice to better cardiometabolic outcomes among your at-risk patient panel.
  • Benefit from talking through solutions and challenges with fellow family physicians.
  • Participate in peer-to-peer learning, practice reflection, and address practice barriers.
  • Create an action plan to guide practice performance interventions.

Who can participate in the PerformanceNavigator Workshop?
The PerformanceNavigator Workshop: Cardiometabolic Conditions is designed for physicians who have a continuous patient panel. Physicians who work in environments where they do not see at least 20 patients regularly will not fully benefit from the course as they are unable to receive the 60 credits for the Family Medicine Certification Performance Improvement modules.

AAFP members: $1,795/Nonmembers: $1,995

Save $200 when you register by February 19.

Earn up to 107.75 AAFP Prescribed credits. Register now or call (800) 274-2237.

Member Feedback Needed: AAFP Chapter Health Equity Survey

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians need your help to improve health equity in your state.

By completing this short survey, (less than 5 minutes) you will help us better understand how to address health inequity in your communities. Our goal is to identify passionate family physicians and other “health equity champions” with whom we can develop an effective health equity plan. This short survey will ask you about you and your work, as well as your interests and expertise related to health equity.

We appreciate your time and look forward to reviewing your response.

For more information contact Kevin Kovach at KKovach@aafp.org or Lauren Vorbeck at  vorbeck@aafp.org.

Center for Black Women’s Wellness Awarded Community Health Grant to Support “Safety Net Clinic” For Uninsured Atlantans

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) recently awarded the Atlanta-based Center for Black Women’s Wellness (CBWW) a $5,000 Community Health Grant to support their “Safety Net Clinic”  project which provides chronic disease management for uninsured women and men including those with Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol and Mental Health needs.

GHFA Deputy Director Kara Sinkule (R) recently presented the $5,000 grant award to CBWW Wellness Program Manager April Reid (L).

Annually, CBWW serves approximately 700 uninsured patients through the Safety Net Clinic.  More than 30 patients will benefit from case management services for diabetes and hypertension through this project.  Of these patients, 100% of them are 200% below poverty level and are uninsured.

The overall goal of the “Safety Net Clinic” project is to educate patients by providing them with tools, clinical support, supplies, and case management services. These services assist patients in managing their health by giving them access to educational support, one-on-one clinical visits, and home monitoring tools.

The Center for Black Women’s Wellness is a premier, community-based, family service center in Atlanta committed to improving the health and well-being of underserved Black women and their families.

GHFA is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP). 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.

Since launching the program in 2012, the Alliance has awarded more than $326,000 in grants statewide. Grant awards are made to GAFP member affiliated community organizations supporting underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices. For more information visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org or contact Kara Sinkule at ksinkule@gafp.org.