The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $25,000 in Second Cycle Community Health Grants to Support Local Health Projects
Final 2019 Grant Application Deadline is July 9th
The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded five Community Health Grant Award applicants a total of $25,000 in second cycle 2019 grants. Grant awards were made to GAFP member affiliated community organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. The application deadline for third cycle 2019 grants is July 9, 2019.
Visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/grants/ for more information or to download the application. Second Cycle 2019 Community Health Grant Recipients are:
- Athens Nurses Clinic “Free From “C” Project,” $5,000 sponsored by Farris Johnson, MD
The Athens Nurses Clinic “Free from C” project identifies individuals who have been infected with hepatitis C in outreach populations (through a quick finger stick test) and in new patients to the clinic (through blood draws). Most outreach individuals and all clinic patients are uninsured and low income. Subsequent tests identify those still infected with the virus, tests of liver function, and evaluation of lifestyle identify those very likely to complete a 12-week course of drug treatment to cure the virus. Forty-three patients have been cured in the last 18 months. This program has had a significant impact on community health in underserved populations and has helped to restrict the spread of this disease.
- Free Clinic of Rome’s “I’d Like To Speak to The Manager” Project $5,000 sponsored by Leonard Reeves, MD
The Free Clinic of Rome’s “I’d Like To Speak to the Manager” project addresses the need to educate patients and at the same time continue to give them the tools to manage their own health and well-being. This is a continuum of the grant received from GHFA the past two years under the Log It-Learn It-Live It program.
Over sixty-five percent of clients consist of patients who were referred from area hospitals/emergency departments with a diagnosis of diabetes and/or hypertension. Since patients have no insurance (a criteria for enrolling) there is seldom a documented medical history to help establish any prior information or details of their diagnosis. Education regarding their diagnosis is usually minimal if at all. This grant provides patients with a means to measure blood pressure and/or blood glucose at home on a consistent basis by providing them with home monitors/supplies and a log in which to keep record of the results daily. Physicians would then have much more detailed daily history to assess when patients come for appointments and are able to adjust medications according to an extensive history versus one measurement taken the day of visit or what the patient can remember.
- Dahlonega Community Helping Place “Free Medical and Dental Clinic” Project $5,000 sponsored by Allison Turk, MD
The Community Helping Place seeks to address the dilemma of Appalachian poverty and break the cycle of generational poverty. They provide basic needs to their clients, including emergency assistance and food as well as prevention, care, and treatment to medical and dental patients without insurance. The Free Medical Clinic has been providing care since 2008 and has recently expanded services to cover Women’s Health for existing patients. The clinic has a provider in place and has secured volunteer services from two nurse practitioners from University of North Georgia. They will be collaborating with the Women’s Health Clinic to provide testing and treatment of gynecological issues. Sixty-five percent of the clinic’s client population is female.
The Free Dental Clinic provides professional dental care to uninsured Lumpkin County residents. Each patient receives needed antibiotics, dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, needed extractions, and customized treatment plans.
- Adult Disability Medical Home (ADMH) Marietta “Get Fit and Be Healthy Project” $5,000sponsored by Andrea Videlefsky, MD
Over the past two years the Adult Disability Medical Home has expanded their patient population to include multiple complex developmental disabilities including Autism, Fragile X, Microcephaly, and Cerebral Palsy, and piloted a program called Get Fit and Be Healthy (GFBH) which includes group visits, nutrition, exercise and health education. The program was successful in providing health and nutrition information with 78% of patients losing weight in just 3 months.
The 2019-2020 program will expand to serve an additional 16 individuals and their caregivers. One of the most exciting expansion plans is to include patient graduates of the Get Fit and Be Healthy Project as leaders and role models in future GFBH sessions for new participants. The ADMH also hopes to include individuals with disabilities who do not necessarily meet the definition of BMI obesity levels, but who need guidance and education regarding healthy eating, cooking, lifestyle and shopping habits that will help to improve their overall health status. These are important guidelines in transitioning and maintaining independence in one’s own community.
- Shifa Clinic Athens “Free Community Flu Vaccines and Cardiac Screening for High Risk Population” Project $5,000 sponsored by Irshad Syed, MD
Athens Clarke County is one of the poorest counties in the country and there are many medically uninsured people who lack access to basic medical care. Shifa Clinic Athens, a project of ICNA Relief USA, a 501(c) non-profit organization, has been reaching out to the underserved population of Athens-Clarke county for the last 2 years and providing essential medical care to them. Many patients suffer from hypertension and other cardiac-related issues. However, due to resource constraints, Shifa Clinic has been unable to provide essential cardiac screening and evaluation to these patients. Funding for this project will provide free flu vaccines to more than 100 children, women, and men for the 2019-20 flu season and enable Shifa Clinic to buy an EKG machine which will facilitate cardiac screening/evaluating services to about 70 members of the community within the year.