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GAFP Nominating committee seeks candidates for 2023 Board of Directors

To:       All Active and Life GAFP Members in All Districts

From:   Susana A. Alfonso, MD, MHCM, FAAFP – Chair, Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is working to compile a slate of candidates for the 2023 GAFP Board of Directors.  GAFP leadership has a history of excelling at both the state and national levels and far outpaces other physician groups in innovative and new initiatives.

The Congress of Delegates will vote on the slate for the 2023 Board in late summer.  (Residents and Medical Students will hold their own elections in the fall.)

If you are interested in becoming more active in the Georgia Academy, please consider applying.  Your time commitment is 4 meetings a year (typically March, June, August and November) and being available to GAFP leaders, staff, and your district colleagues should issues emerge that require your leadership input and participation.

All Board members receive one free registration per year for either our Summer CME or Annual Meeting as a token of our appreciation for your hard work.

Board members are asked to be the eyes and ears of your community and bring to leadership issues important to family physicians from your hometown

Please click this link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K5SMJ7T and respond by May 23rd if you are interested in applying for the 2023 Board. 

Potential vacancies are listed below:

Officers

*President-Elect (automatically becomes President in November 2022 and Board Chair in November 2023)

*Secretary (3-year term)

*Vice President (1-year term)

*COD Speaker (1-year term)

COD Vice Speaker (1-year term)

Updated Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology

CDC HEALTH UPDATE

Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network

May 11, 2022, 12:15 PM ET  

CDCHAN-00465

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Update to provide clinicians and public health authorities with updated information about an epidemiologic investigation of pediatric cases of hepatitis of unknown etiology in the United States. This investigation focuses on collecting information to describe the epidemiology, etiology, clinical presentation, severity, and risk factors related to illness and to identify any relationship between adenovirus infection or other factors and hepatitis. As of May 5, 2022, CDC and state partners are investigating 109 children with hepatitis of unknown origin across 25 states and territories, more than half of whom have tested positive for adenovirus with more than 90% hospitalized, 14% with liver transplants, and five deaths under investigation. Because this investigation is ongoing and includes reviewing cases of hepatitis of unknown cause with onset since October 2021, patients under investigation are not limited to current or newly diagnosed pediatric hepatitis illnesses.

This HAN Health Update also provides updated recommendations for testing specimens from patients under investigation. It is an update to a HAN Health Advisory that CDC issued on April 21, 2022, that initially notified clinicians and public health authorities of children identified with hepatitis of unknown origin and adenovirus infection.

Background

A cluster of pediatric cases of hepatitis without an apparent etiology was identified and reported to CDC in November 2021. A possible association between pediatric hepatitis and adenovirus infection is under investigation after laboratory testing identified adenovirus infection in all nine patients in the initial cluster; the five specimens that could be typed were all adenovirus type 41. Investigators continue to examine the role of other possible causes and identify contributing factors.

Recommendations for Clinicians

  • Clinicians should continue to follow standard practice for evaluating and managing patients with hepatitis of known and unknown etiology.
  • Clinicians are recommended to consider adenovirus testing for patients with hepatitis of unknown etiology and to report such cases to their state or jurisdictional public health authorities.
  • Because the potential relationship between adenovirus infection and hepatitis is still under investigation, clinicians should consider collecting the following specimen types if available from pediatric patients with hepatitis of unknown cause for adenovirus detection:  
  • Blood specimen collected in Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid (EDTA) (whole blood, plasma, or serum); whole blood is preferred to plasma and serum)
  • Respiratory specimen (nasopharyngeal swab, sputum, or bronchioalveolar lavage [BAL])
  • Stool specimen or rectal swab; a stool specimen is preferred to a rectal swab
  • Liver tissue, if a biopsy was clinically indicated, or if tissue from native liver explant or autopsy is available: 
  • Formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded (FFPE) liver tissue
  • Fresh liver tissue, frozen on dry ice or liquid nitrogen immediately or as soon as possible, and stored at ≤ -70°C

Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT), such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), is preferred for adenovirus detection (currently not available for FFPE liver biopsy or native liver explant). Testing whole blood by PCR is more sensitive to and is preferred over testing plasma by PCR. 

Were possible, clinical specimens should be tested locally to ensure timely results for patient care. For any diagnostic testing needs beyond the local capacity, CDC recommends that clinicians contact their state public health laboratory. For More Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects people’s health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national, and international organizations.

 

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Categories of Health Alert Network messages:

Health Alert          Requires immediate action or attention; highest level of importance

Health Advisory   May not require immediate action; provides important information for a specific incident or situation

Health Update      Unlikely to require immediate action; provides updated information regarding an incident or situation

HAN Info Service Does not require immediate action; provides general public health information

Virtual KSA Opportunities Up to 12 CME Credits Pending

We are proud to present three virtual opportunities to complete ABFM Knowledge Self-Assessment Workshops coming up in May and June. Consider adding one (or all three) of these convenient virtual opportunities to your Summer Family Medicine Weekend Conference Registration. If you cannot attend the Family Medicine Weekend, you can still attend these virtual sessions.

Hypertension – A Virtual KSA Opportunity 
Saturday, May 14, 2022
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

NEW!  Care of the Older Adult – A Virtual KSA Opportunity
Saturday, May 21, 2022
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

NEW!  Care of Hospital Patients – A Virtual KSA Opportunity
Saturday, June 4, 2022
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Register here.

Up to 12 CME credits pending.

Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity – Join Your Colleagues for Summer Fun and CME

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians’ 2022 Summer Family Medicine Weekend is approaching rapidly. 

BOOK ONLINE HERE to stay in the brand-new Hotel Effie, or BOOK ONLINE HERE for the Sandestin Resort property to reserve a suite or villa. The hotel deadline is May 15, so be sure to secure your room, suite or villa soon as spaces are filling up.

In addition, we are putting the fun back in this year since we are all in person after two years!  Join us for the family fun event at the marina.  We’ve planned a castle-building contest where you will team up, be coached by a sandcastle master pro, build a masterpiece, and win a championship medal. 

Limited to first 20 families with a maximum of  five family members.

We look forward to seeing you in Destin this June.

Early Bird Registration also ends Sunday, May 15, 2022.  Up to 20 CME credits are pending, for summer meeting only. Meeting registration here on our website at www.gafp.org

AAFP Shares New Vaccination Resources For World Immunization Week

AAFP has developed fact sheets for physician members and clinical staff to address vaccine skepticism and fear.

Click the links to download resources.

Building Confidence When Talking to Parents About Children’s Vaccine- Responses to common questions and misconceptions parents may have about vaccines for children.

How to Approach Conversations With Parents About Routine Pediatric VaccinationsTips for effectively communicating with families.

National Research Project on Domestic Violence – Volunteers Needed

Dear American Academy of Family Physicians member:

My name is Courtney Chau and I am a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. I am conducting a research project to examine the actions physicians take in response to disclosure or suspicion of domestic violence in their patients’ relationships. 

This research project will fill a gap in the existing literature by describing how physicians in the United States currently respond to situations in which patients are or may be experiencing domestic violence, setting the stage to determine the best next steps to move forward in trauma-informed care.

I am reaching out to invite you to participate in this research study. I would deeply appreciate it if you would be willing to share your insights in an approximately 60-minute interview. Participation is voluntary and you are welcome to withdraw at any time. No compensation will be provided for participation in this study.

Participation is limited to emergency medicine, plastic surgery, primary care, and obstetrics and/or gynecology physicians who are 30 years old or above.

If you are willing to participate, please fill out this form and I will reach out to you to schedule an interview. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at cachau@berkeley.edu.

Warm regards,

Courtney Chau
Undergraduate Researcher

Dr. Mary Lesser
Principal Investigator

2022 Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Awards Nominations Now Open

It’s award nomination season. GAFP would like you to think about honoring a fellow Georgia family physician. Please help your Georgia family physicians in recognizing exemplary service to the profession of family medicine and contributions to our state, by nominating someone for one of the following awards:

 

Awards Deadline To Submit Nominations
Family Medicine Community and Volunteer Services Award May 16, 2022
Georgia Family Physician of The Year

 

May 16, 2022
Family Medicine Educator of The Year

 

May 16, 2022

The Membership Committee will nominate a slate to be approved by the Board of Directors, and presentation of the awards will be held during the 2022 GAFP Annual Meeting in November. Many noteworthy colleagues may not have been considered for an award because they were not nominated.  Complete and download an electronic copy of the awards nomination package or go to https://www.gafp.org/awards-accolades/.

The awards nomination package includes the awards and criteria, nomination forms and a list of past winners of each award.  Please complete the online fillable PDF nomination form and email it to Ali Bohannon, manager of membership and operations at abohannon@gafp.org or contact her at 1-800-392-3841.

Samuel ‘Le’ Church, MD Selected for Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy (GPLA) Class of 2022

GAFP Board Secretary, Samuel Le Church, MD, of Hiawassee, has been selected to join the Medical Association’s Leadership Academy.  GPLA was established in 2007 to develop physician leaders who will enhance the medical profession, the health care system, and the quality of life in the state. GPLA is a year-long program, and features interactive classes that are designed to enhance the student’s skill sets in four key areas: advocacy, communications, conflict resolution and physician resilience.

More than 160 physicians in the state, including a number that serve in leadership roles at the Medical Association of Georgia and other state and local medical societies, have graduated from the GPLA.  Congratulations Dr. Church as we acknowledge GPLA graduates who are GAFP members:

Andrew Reisman, MD – 2008

Howard McMahan, MD – 2008

Harry Strothers, MD – 2010

Beulette Hooks, MD – 2011

Mitch Cook, DO – 2012

Brian Nadolne, MD – 2013

Wayne Hoffman, MD – 2014

Adrienne Mims, MD – 2014

Janis Coffin, DO – 2015

Mitzi Rubin, MD – 2015

Jeff Stone, MD – 2016

Eddie Richardson Jr., MD – 2016

Chip Cowart, MD – 2017

Donny Fordham, MD – 2018

Tameka Byrd, DO – 2019

Tom Fausett, MD – 2020

Andrea Juliao, MD – 2020

Susana Alfonso, MD – 2021

Southeast Georgia Strike Force Tar Wars Launched in Savannah

Statewide Manager, Tar Wars Education Abbey Carr and PE and Health Program Coordinator Ashely Tremble-Scott organize kits for school distribution at the SCCPSS Central Office.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is raising an initial fundraising goal of $250,000 in the Savannah/Statesboro (Southeast) Georgia Strike Force.  While we are over half-way to our fundraising goal, we have already launched our efforts to divert children from ever taking their first puff of any tobacco or vaping products.

At the beginning of March, 123 Tar Wars classroom kits were hand-delivered to the Savannah Chatham County Public School System Board of Education offices to be distributed to 30 schools across the district.  By the end of March, 3,690 4th and 5th grade students will participate in our tobacco, nicotine and vape prevention program given by over 30 Tar Wars trained physical education and health educators throughout the school system.

All funds raised for our Strike Forces go directly back into the community.  Please click here to make a donation to the capital campaign and to a specific Strike Force.

Want to bring the Tar Wars program to kids in your community?

There are two ways to partner with Tar Wars:

  1. Become a Tar Wars presenter!  Program Q & A and Presenter Training Sessions are available every Wednesday and Thursday from 12:15-12:45 pm through the months of March and April.  Click HERE to sign up.
  2. Become a Tar Wars champion in your community! Are you connected to your area principal, school board and/or school nurses and health educators?  Would you love to see students in your local school systems receive the Tar Wars program?  We would love that, too!  Please connect us with your area school leaders so that we can spread our anti-tobacco and anti-vaping message to students across our state.  Email Abbey Carr at acarr@gafp.org for resources and information on how to get connected.

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Welcomes Alexis Klima as Director of Philanthropy

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance welcomes Alexis Klima as director of philanthropy effective March 2022. Alexis is a philanthropy and marketing professional with more than 13 years of experience managing and growing programs, as well as increasing exposure, involvement and revenue for organizations. She is skilled at recognizing and motivating potential in others and translating philanthropy, marketing and business ideas into strategic action.

As director of philanthropy, Alexis will support the Your Giving is Great Medicine capital campaign aimed at expanding the reach and funding of the Tar Wars Tobacco and Vaping prevention program statewide, as well as increasing support for Community Health Grants and Immediate Needs Grants in communities where GAFP members live and serve.

Alexis’ most recent philanthropy position was as the development director for the Children’s Home Society of Florida within the Sun Coast (Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater) and Lakeland regions. Within this role, she conducted the full spectrum of donor development – cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and donor recognition. She led fundraising efforts for annual and major gift donors, donor-centered events, committee management, corporate sponsorships, foundation support, media relations and local board development.

Alexis earned a MBA with a specialization in Marketing from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Georgia College & State University.

Connect with Alexis at aklima@gafp.org or 478-714-3760.