Archive for September, 2020

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Seeking GAFP Member to Serve on Alliance Board of Trustees

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Seeking GAFP Member to Serve on Alliance Board of Trustees

Looking for a way to be more involved with your academy?  Want to give back but aren’t sure where to start? The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is seeking an interested GAFP member to serve on the Alliance Board of Trustees beginning in 2021.

Formerly the Foundation of the GAFP, the Alliance was founded in 1987 and is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. The mission of the Alliance is to enhance the well-being of Georgia citizens through educational and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of family medicine.


Now, more than ever the Alliance needs family physicians who are excited about our future focusing on our Capital Campaign that is nearly halfway to raising $4 million dollars.  The campaign will allow the Alliance to expand its educational and community outreach efforts including the Community Health Grant Program, Immediate Needs Grants for COVID-19 assistance and the Tar Wars tobacco and vaping education program.  The campaign will also provide the Alliance with a full-time team dedicated to improving the health and welfare of our local communities in Georgia. There is an expectation that new Trustees will make a contribution to GHFA’s Capital Campaign in an amount that is meaningful to them.

New board members will serve four-year terms (2021-2025) and will help guide and oversee GHFA projects including:

  1. The Community Health Grant Program – This award winning (2015 AAFP Foundation “Program of the Year”) program awards grants to GAFP member affiliated projects addressing health care needs throughout Georgia. Since beginning this program in 2012, the Alliance has awarded over $365,000 to community projects in all corners of the state. In 2020, the Alliance also launched the Immediate Needs Grant program to provide urgent needs assistance in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Since launching in March, $35,000 has been awarded statewide and the program was named the 2020 AAFP Foundation Outstanding Program of the Year.


  1. Tar Wars – a tobacco and vaping education program presented to more than 3,000 fourth and fifth graders in Georgia during last school year alone. This year the Alliance will also launch a Southeast Georgia Tar Wars Strike Force anti-vaping initiative in addition to the two already underway in Rome and Gainesville to address the epidemic of youth vaping in Georgia.








Board members are expected to attend each of the three GHFA board meetings in 2021. Tentative 2021 GHFA meeting dates (some locations in Georgia TBD):

Saturday – March 2021 -TBD

Saturday – August 2021 – TBD

Friday- November 2021 – Atlanta, GA

Thank you in advance for considering this leadership role. Interested members should fill out the form below by September 25th and e-mail it to  To learn more visit us on the web at

Position Applying for:   Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board Seat       





Current Volunteer Activities:



If selected, can you commit to attending all board meetings and responding to GHFA staff on a timely basis?



Why are you interested in participating on the Alliance Board?


Annual Meeting Update – 2020 Annual CME Meeting Goes Virtual!

Annual Meeting Update – 2020 Annual CME Meeting Goes Virtual!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) continues to closely monitor the developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the clinical guidance from state and federal sources. The health and safety of all Annual Meeting attendees and the patients and communities they serve are the GAFP’s highest priorities. Therefore, the GAFP leadership has made the decision not to move forward with an in-person Annual Meeting in November, and instead to present the meeting program during a two-day Virtual Annual Meeting.

The GAFP has partnered with EZ Audio Visual and Certain Digital to power the 2020 Annual CME meeting which will be live streamed on November 13th – November 14th offering up to 13 AAFP Prescribed Credits with an opportunity to earn an additional 24 AAFP Prescribed Credits by participating in the offered KSAs. The virtual conference agenda includes clinical education on such topics as Social Determinants of Health, Diabetes, Lupus Erythematosus, Heart Failure, and Cancer updates. Throughout the day you will hear from nationally recognized faculty and still interact with colleagues. Please click here for meeting information and to register to attend virtually. A full schedule is available to view on the GAFP website.

We will also continue to offer ABFM Knowledge Self Assessments (KSAs) as a part of the virtual meeting.  The Education and Research Committee has scheduled the virtual KSAs for the following dates:

  • Pain Management – Saturday, October 17, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Diabetes – Saturday, October 24, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Care of Children – Saturday, November 7, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please note that you can register for the virtual KSAs on the Annual Meeting registration page.  KSAs are open to all GAFP members and will carry a separate fee for participants.

Additionally, for those of you who pre-registered for the in-person meeting, GAFP staff will move your registration to the virtual meeting. You will receive a confirmation email once it is complete.

At this time, the hotel cancellation policy is to refund all required deposits for any cancellations or changes received within 24 hours of the scheduled arrival date. It is your responsibility to cancel your hotel room at the Hotel at Avalon by contacting the hotel directly at 678-722-3600.

The GAFP recognizes that family physicians are working tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. By offering our Annual CME Meeting as a virtual meeting, we minimize your time away from your patients while keeping your safety and health at the forefront of our planning. We appreciate your understanding and, we are looking forward to reconnecting with our members at the 2021 Summer Family Medicine Weekend, June 10-13, at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Until that time, remember GAFP is Standing Strong Together!

If you have any questions regarding the Annual CME Meeting, please contact Felicia Kenan, Director of Education at or (404) 321-7445.


Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP

President, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

P.S. An updated leadership schedule will be confirmed next week.

Health Disparities/Equity Self-Directed Clinical Activity Instructional Video Now Available

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has created a new Health Disparities/Equity Self-Directed Clinical activity. This activity provides a mechanism for meeting your performance improvement requirement by showing how you have assessed and improved the way that your practice addresses social determinants of health; health equity (broadly defined); and/or systemic ways in which you assure that patient access, experience, and care are equitable.

To help walk you through the application process, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP), with help from Quality Improvement Champion and American Academy of Family Physicians Alternate Delegate Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP, made an instructional video. Watch the following video as Dr. Kauffman takes you step-by-step through the online application!

Program Alert
If you’re unsure of what to implement into practice, join us for the Building Cultural Intelligence to Breakdown Racism virtual program on Wednesday, September 30. The training will provide an abundance of information throughout the afternoon and will end with remarks from Dr. Kauffman on how you can take what was learned and apply it to this quality improvement activity – taking big picture ideas and turning them into action!

If you have any questions regarding your performance Improvement activity requirement for ABFM Family Medicine Certification, please contact Ann Williamson at the ABFM. If you have questions about the video or would like to speak with an OAFP staff member, please contact Kaitlin McGuffie.

You are invited to join the GAFP Virtual Journal Club, a free benefit to all members!

You are invited to join the GAFP Virtual Journal Club, a free benefit to all members!

Join family medicine physicians and residents in discussing recent journal articles in primary care and patient safety.  Each one-hour forum will help participants stay abreast of current findings, exercise their critical thinking skills, and engage in scholarly discussions.  During the session, journal articles vetted by the GAFP’s Education and Research Committee will be critically evaluated, exposing the study’s strengths and weaknesses. Presenters and participants may receive up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and *1.0 AAFP Prescribed Credits for their participation in each Virtual Journal Club session. GAFP’s Virtual Journal Club to be held at 7:00 pm on Monday evenings during the months of September – December 2020.

The sessions will be moderated by Robert L. Addleton, EdD, Principal, Leadership in Practice and are free to GAFP members.

How to Submit an Abstract
Interested in presenting? The Education and Research Committee is still accepting abstract submissions.  All current resident member or a faculty member from a Georgia family medicine residency program are invited and eligible to submit abstracts to present.  There is no limit to the number of articles that may be submitted, however only 12 articles and presenters will be selected. Abstract submission details may be found by clicking here.

Facilitation of discussion qualifies as part of a Resident’s quarterly research activity.

How to Attend
Please use the registration links below to join the online forums.  Early registration is recommended as registration is limited.

Forum Schedule

September 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm  | Register

  1. Effect of opioid vs nonopioid medications on pain-related function in patients with chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain: The SPACE Randomized Clinical trial
    Presented by Joseph Coppiano, M.D. (Medical College of Georgia)
  2. Indirect Effects of a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention on Adolescent Weight and Insulin Resistance Through Decreasing Depression in a Randomized Controlled Trial
    Presented by Natalie O. Campbell, MS, DO and John J. Desmond, MD (Floyd Family Medicine Residency Program)

October 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Register

  1. Association of Menopausal Hormone Therapy With Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality During Long-term Follow-up of the Women’s Health Initiative Randomized Clinical Trials
    Presented by Dr. Chin-Hen Chang, MD (WellStar AMC Family Medicine Residency Program)
  2. The Impact of Social and Clinical Complexity on Diabetes Control Measures
    Presented by Nhi-Kieu Nguyen, DO (NGMC Family Medicine Residency Program)

For questions regarding registration or abstract submissions, please contact Felicia Kenan, GAFP Director of Education (

The Virtual Journal Club CME activity is supported by an educational grant from the American Board of Family Medicine.

*Approved for 1.0 Prescribed Credit