Congratulations to AAFP’s Newest Fellows

The GAFP conferred the degree of Fellows of the American Academy of Family Physicians to ten GAFP members during the 2019 Congress of Delegates, held in conjunction with the Annual Scientific Assembly in November.

Established in 1971, the Degree of Fellow is a special honor bestowed upon AAFP members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues by their service to family medicine and their commitment to their professional development through medical education and research.

It is important to recognize that these ten physicians, and thousands who have come before them, have given a great deal to their communities and are dedicated to promoting excellence in health care and to the betterment of the health of the American people.  Fellows of the AAFP are champions of family medicine who help make family medicine the premier specialty in service to our communities and profession.

The GAFP proudly congratulates the following GAFP members who have joined the more than 29,000 AAFP members who have achieved this honor.

Cedrice Davis, MD, FAAFP ~ Marietta

Christina Douglass, MD, FAAFP ~ Armuchee

Jude Emokpare, MD, FAAFP ~ Columbus

Jill Moore, MD, FAAFP ~ Columbus

Nithya Natrajan, MD, FAAFP ~ Augusta

Pamela Obi, MD, FAAFP ~ Rome

Jeffrey Michael Reznik, MD, FAAFP ~ Dunwoody

James Short, MD, FAAFP ~ Atlanta

Daniel Singleton, MD, FAAFP ~ Buena Vista

Susan Thomas, MD, FAAFP ~ Snellville

The EveryONE Project™: Using the Neighborhood Navigator

The EveryONE Project™: Using the Neighborhood Navigator

By Kevin Kovach, DrPH, MSc

The Neighborhood Navigator is one of the successful tools provided through The EveryONE Project™ to help family physicians address social determinants of health (SDOHs) at the point of care.  Neighborhood Navigator is equipped to accommodate more than 100 languages and is integrated with Google Maps to offer users step-by-step directions to community resources. Family physicians and their practice teams can use this interactive tool during patient visits to connect them to social services in their area that can provide help with such needs as food, housing, transportation, employment, and legal or financial issues. Physicians also can refer patients to a patient-facing version of the tool — Neighborhood Navigator tool on familydoctor.org(navigator.familydoctor.org) — to enable them to locate services that meet their social needs on their own.

The EveryONE Project™ offers a series of training videos to walk family physicians and their practice teams through using the Neighborhood Navigator tool. Family physicians can create a practice account (Figure 1) that all staff members can use to connect patients electronically and bidirectionally with a community resource and create resource profiles that can be easily accessed.

Figure 1

In addition, through the “Support” button on the website (Figure 2), users can suggest additions or updates to the database if they are aware of new resources or updates for programs and resources. Patients can also create their own profile on Neighborhood Navigator which can be used to highlight specific programs and resources they would be using more frequently.

Figure 2

Neighborhood Navigator is a valuable resource that can help family physicians and their practice teams extend their care for patients beyond the walls of their practice by providing the next steps in care using additional community-based programs. For more information on the Neighborhood Navigator and other AAFP tools to address social determinants of health and improve health equity, visit The EveryONE Project ( https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/social-determinants-of-health/everyone-project.html).

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference

Send your FMIG leaders to the AAFP National Conference July 25 – July 27, 2019, Kansas City, MO to sharpen their FMIG leadership skills. The AAFP will offer multiple programs for new and seasoned FMIG leaders in addition to the rest of the amazing programming and networking at the conference. Students can apply for a scholarship to attend by May 1!

If you have questions about any National Conference scholarship, email Rachel Larsen at rlarsen@aafp.org  or call (800) 274-2237, ext. 6369.

Important reminder: Medicare Payment Survey

To: GAFP Members

All active members of the AAFP received an invitation to participate in the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) survey for physician office visits (99202-99205, 99211-99215) and a new prolonged services code (99XXX). The invitation and link to the survey came from AAFP President Dr. John Cullen. The subject line of the email reads “Please Participate in Important Office Visit Survey: Deadline March 18, 2019.”  As an active member of the AAFP, please look for this email and please take the time to complete this survey.

The email also contains a staff contact should you have any difficulty completing this important survey. Please don’t hesitate to contact Angela Flanigan at aflanigan@gafp.org should you have any issues locating this email from the AAFP.

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!