Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

GHFA’s Immediate Needs Grant Program Named 2020 Outstanding Program of the Year by the AAFP Foundation

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP), has been named the Outstanding Program of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP) Foundation for the Immediate Needs Grants For Our Patients, program which was launched in late March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia.

The Immediate Needs Grant program has provided more than $40,000 for micro-grants to GAFP member identified needs among their patients including prescription assistance for home bound senior citizens, lunch delivery for vulnerable children who no longer have access to school meals, PPE for charitable care clinics, and sanitizer distribution for Atlanta’s large homeless community.

“We are humbled to be recognized for our collective effort to help our patients and communities maintain health and hope during these uncertain times,” said GHFA Board President Dr. PJ Lynn. “I commend the GAFP members on the front line of this epidemic for going above and beyond to lift others in the face of this crisis,” he added.

AAFP Foundation President, Dr. Julie Anderson, congratulated GHFA for positively impacting Family Medicine with the Immediate Needs Program for our Patients project during the COVID-19 outbreak. The AAFP Foundation established the Outstanding Program Award to nationally recognize exceptional philanthropic activities of AAFP Chapters and Chapter Foundations. The Award is presented annually at the AAFP Foundation’s Annual Recognition Dinner during Family Medicine Experience (FMX) which was previously scheduled to be held October 15, 2020 in Chicago.

To donate to the Immediate Needs Grant Program or to see a complete list of the grants awarded visit GHFA is also sharing details of each grant through “Good News Stories” published in the GAFP Newsletter.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is the only charitable organization in Georgia whose objective is to improve access to quality health care through initiatives and programs lead and supported by the care and generosity of family medicine specialists. We rely on the leadership, support and generosity of family physicians and corporate donors to fulfill our mission. The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is a charitable public foundation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization and is thereby eligible to receive grants and tax-deductible gifts and contributions.

GHFA Seeking Applicants for Last Cycle of the 2020 Community Health Grant Awards Program 

Deadline to Apply Extended to July 13th

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) has opened the application period for the final cycle of the 2020 Community Health Grant Awards program. In March, GHFA paused the program in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and began awarding smaller Immediate Needs Grants to Georgia Academy of Family Physician (GAFP) member identified urgent needs in their communities.

Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 to support GAFP member affiliated community organizations that support program priorities including underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. The application deadline for the final cycle of 2020 is July 13th.  Grant awards will be announced in August 2020.

Over the last seven years the Community Health Grant Program has awarded more than $366,000 in grants back to GAFP members, residency programs, FMIG groups and their communities. Visit to download the 2020 application or view a list of previously funded grant projects.

Even if you do not have a community project that could benefit from a grant, please consider making a contribution so that the Alliance can continue to support these vital projects. All donations are tax deductible. Alliance contributions can be made easily online at or by contacting Kara Sinkule at or calling (800) 392-3841.

Your Help Needed – Send Out to Your Social Network – Help Raise Additional Funds for our Immediate Community Needs

Thank you for your continued support to your foundation, the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance. Your generosity continues to help make our mission possible.

As some of you may know, the GHFA Executive Committee approved an initial $25,000 (diverted from our Community Grants budget) to offer smaller grants (up to $1,000) for quick, immediate and urgent needs of member – identified community organizations in crisis due to the pandemic. We have distributed most of the initial $25,000 – and the Executive Committee has agreed to distribute an additional $15,000 – for a total of $40,000 to help our patients and neighbors with food, shelter and medical equipment.

If only $40,000 would cover the cost of requests that continue to come in from our members who are on the frontline and working with the homeless, hungry and frightened. But as we often say, “hope” is NOT a strategy – we have a PLAN – and with your assistance – we can quickly raise additional monies.  We have started a social media campaign using the Fundly platform and set a goal of matching the Alliance’s $40,000 to allow us to award more Immediate Needs Grants.

We are so grateful for physician members like past GAFP President, Dr. Susan Margletta Harmon, and her husband, for giving a donation in the amount of $2,000 to sponsor additional grants. Our ask of you is to give a $1,000 donation to also sponsor a much-needed emergency grant. Any amount you can give towards our COVID-19 relief fund is of course appreciated and will make an immediate impact on the lives of the people in our communities. No amount is too small. You can follow this link to give directly to our online campaign.

In addition, please share our Fundly donations page on your personal social media platforms. You can share the Fundly page directly from the link above. Your community of friends, family and colleagues likely want to help, and this is a way for them to do so. Even if you are unable to make a donation at this time, sharing this with your network, and asking for their support could go a really long way in helping us meet our goal!

Many current GHFA donors are choosing to make an additional gift to support the COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund – we hope you will consider doing the same.  All gifts will have an immediate impact on our mission as we work to meet the healthcare needs of our community.


Shan Hayes- GHFA Director of Philanthropy

Fay Fulton- GHFA Executive Director

Kara Sinkule- GHFA Deputy Director
Daniel Thompson- GHFA Regional Director of Philanthrop

Georgia Tornado Disaster Relief Available for GAFP Members

To: Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Colleagues

From:  Patrick J. Lynn, MD – President, Georgia Health Family Alliance

RE:   Georgia Tornado Disaster Relief Fund Available for Our Members

We are aware that several Georgia communities saw extensive damage on April 13, 2020 when multiple tornadoes traveled through Georgia. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been impacted by these storms and for the families who lost loved ones.

Because damage is still being assessed in the impacted communities, we want you to know that the Georgia Academy’s Foundation (Georgia Healthy Family Alliance) has a Disaster Relief Fund to help our members who may have experienced damage to their practice.  We established this fund in 2007 and were able to help two family physicians who lost their practices when a tornado ripped through downtown Americus.

If you are aware of a family physician in need or if you have damage to your office don’t hesitate to contact us at (404) 321-7445.  Kara Sinkule ( or Fay Fulton ( can assist you with completing the application


Patrick “PJ” Lynn, MD, FAAFP


Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

Immediate Needs Community Grants Now Available

To:  GAFP Members
From: Patrick “PJ” Lynn, MD, FAAFP
President, Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

RE: Immediate Needs Community Grants Now Available

From GHFA – GAFP Foundation

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Executive Committee met last week to address the current COVID-19 crisis unfolding in communities across Georgia. Effective immediately, GHFA is opening applications for Immediate Needs Community Grants to help GAFP member communities.  Some examples of these grant solicitations could be housing, transportation and/or food and medicine for individuals that are in a fragile or dangerous situation.

Because our members are on the front lines of public health issues affecting their communities, grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to GAFP members to address immediate local needs.  Grant applications have been streamlined and a review/approval process has been implemented so we can transmit funds within 3-5 days.

The application period is open effective March 23, 2020.  The application is below – or a fillable applications can be found on the GHFA website at . Contact Kara Sinkule – or call 404-321-7445 with any questions.


GHFA Immediate Needs Community Grant Application

Open and Ongoing Application – Effective March 23, 2020

Applicants must be Georgia Academy of Family Physicians members. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to address immediate local needs in Georgia include housing, transportation and/or food and medicine. Grant applications will be immediately reviewed, and funding transmitted within 3-5 days. 

Please Print:

GAFP Member’s Full Name:

Address City/State Zip Code (to transmit funding):

Email Address:

Best Phone Number to Contact You:

Grant Request Amount (Available – Up to $1,000): _______________________

Briefly describe how you will use the grant if awarded all or a portion of your requested amount.


Do you have any other information that may help us to evaluate your grant application?


Please add the name of the grantee and the address where the funding should be sent (if different from above):


Certification by Grant Applicant:

I certify that the information contained in this application is true and complete. I understand that a material misrepresentation or omission of any information is grounds for denial of a grant. I understand that the granting of assistance is neither a right nor an entitlement, and that the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance shall have sole discretion in determining whether I qualify for or receive a grant. 

Signature (Electronic Signature Accepted) and Date:

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