Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

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 ksinkule@gafp.org.  To learn more visit us on the web at http://www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org

Position Applying for:   Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board Seat       

Name:                                                                                                                  

 

City:

 

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?

 

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 person) in 2021. Tentative 2021 GHFA meeting dates (locations in Georgia TBD):

  • Saturday – March 2021 -TBD
  • Saturday – August 2021 – TBD
  • Friday- November 2021 – TBD

Thank you in advance for considering this leadership role. Interested members should fill out the form below by September 10th and e-mail it to ksinkule@gafp.org.  To learn more visit us on the web at http://www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org

Position Applying for:   Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board Seat       

Name:                                                                                                                  

 

City:

 

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?

 

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $25,000 in Third Cycle 2020 Community Health Grants to Support Local Health Projects

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded four Community Health Grant Award applicants $20,000 in the third cycle of 2020 grants. Grant awards were made to GAFP member affiliated community organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and programs that promote healthy practices. The application deadline for first cycle 2021 grants is February 1, 2021. Visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/grants/ for more information or to download the application. Third Cycle 2020 Community Health Grant Recipients are:

Adult Disability Medical Home “Get Fit & Be Healthy Cookbook and Health Guide” $5,000 Sponsored by Andrea Videlefsky, MD

The Get Fit and Be Healthy program has been a hallmark health and wellness program offered by ADMH to individuals with developmental disabilities. Over the past three years the ADMH has expanded their patient population to include multiple complex developmental disabilities including Autism, Fragile X, Microcephaly, and Cerebral Palsy. Through interactive group visits with peers along with caregiver support, this program will provide continued and expanded health services to include both ADMH patients and other eligible individuals in the community… The program provides an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to actively engage in a nutrition and fitness education program to develop lifelong habits for improving and maintaining health and wellness. Using the tools and strategies from previous cohorts to develop a creative and long-lasting outcome, a cookbook/health manual incorporating health and fitness information with recipes learned in the program will be produced. The manual will be participant driven, developed in workgroups based on the three GET FIT program components Health Tools, Fitness Training and Healthy Recipes.

“Warrior Centric Healthcare Foundation & Veteran Medical Neighborhood Joining Forces to Mitigate Impact of Social Determinants of Health” – $5,000 – Sponsored by Loretta Hicks, MD

There are 18.8 million veterans living in the U.S. today, 7.6 percent of the population. They are predominantly male although the number of female veterans is on the rise. Georgia is home to over 636,725 Veterans, 69,836 active duty members and 27,557 National Guards and Reservists and together their family members total over 1.9 million. There are just under 75, 000 females and 563,253 male Veterans. In addition, figures 1 thru 3 provide a graphic of the age, ethnicity, and era of service.

The goal and objective of the Warrior Centric Health Foundation – Veteran Medical Neighborhood Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) technology platform project is to provide an efficient, effective, and economic mechanism for family physicians to address the SDoH facing Veterans and their families who are in their care. This tool will be available to all members (physicians and other disciplines) of the GAFP. It will also be available to any patients they direct to the site. Once the integration is complete, they will be able to access the tool through the WCHF website at no cost to them or their patients.

Mercy Health “Flu Prevention & Treatment for the Underserved Project” $5,000 Sponsored by Mitch Cook, DO

Mercy Health Center provides quality, whole-person healthcare at no cost to people who are low-income and uninsured. Patients served are 18-64 years old and live at or below 150% of the federal poverty guideline. Mercy serves 6 counties which include Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Madison, and Jackson. The patient demographics are as follows: 52% Caucasian, 23% African American, 22% Hispanic, 3% other and 63% of patients are female and average age of all patients is 45 years old. In 2019, Mercy served 1,448 unique patients for a total of 11,447 visits. Grant funds will help provide flu screening and treatment for the uninsured population served by Mercy Health Center in Athens/Clarke County and the 5 surrounding counties. Funds will be used to purchase 150 flu shots to protect patients from becoming ill. Funds will also be used purchase 100 flu tests that will be used to properly diagnose patients if they become ill. An additional $1000 is requested for the purchase of gift cards to be used to purchase Tamiflu. Tamiflu is used to treat symptoms caused by the flu virus and helps make the symptoms less severe and shortens the recovery time by 1-2 days.

DEO Clinic “Telemedicine and Coaching Calls to Overcome COVID Concerns While Monitoring Chronic Health Conditions” – $5,000 – Sponsored by Raymond Bedgood, MD

The phenomenal growth of the clinic is being stretched further in every direction by the loss of employment/insurance during COVID 19 (which is increasing patient numbers), and decreased availability of volunteers who must guard against infection. The clinic believes that innovation is the key to overcoming COVID and are thus seeking funds to utilize telemedicine and other creative solutions to keep patients on track, and to keep volunteers safely engaged with the work that they love during this pandemic.

The clinic has long-term volunteers who need to treat patients from home to eliminate the possibility of exposure to COVID. The patient population is low income, not all of them will have technology or access to the internet for participating in telemedicine. Patients who have the technological equipment can accept telemedicine calls at home. Patients who do not have smartphones or computers or internet can visit the DEO Clinic, have their vital signs checked by staff and use the clinic computers to have a telemedicine appointment with a provider who is volunteering from home. Patients who have smart phones but need wi-fi access will be directed to free wi-fi locations around the region if they wish to participate in telemedicine. DEO Clinic will provide patients with simple monitoring equipment to use at home. Blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, blood glucose meters, and scales with BMI measurements will be provided according to the patient’s most critical chronic conditions.

GHFA Awards Immediate Needs Grant Funding to Dr. Brandi Warren in Thomasville To Support Seniors in Need During Covid-19 Crisis

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA), the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, awarded Dr. Brandi Warren of Thomasville, Ga. an Immediate Needs Grant to support fragile elderly patients in her area. Many of Dr. Warren’s patients are seniors and are not able to afford needed medications.  Fortunately, Dr. Warren can negotiate reduced rates with her local independent pharmacy for medications, such as insulin.  The $1,000 Immediate Needs Grant from GHFA will allow Dr. Warren to purchase critical, life-sustaining medication at or near cost and ensure that patients who have the greatest need will be able to access it.

Dr. Warren encourages all of us to be mindful of others during this ongoing crisis and to help where you can. “As a community we are uncertain of what lies ahead or how our daily lives will change in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Dr. Warren. “Reaching out to our patients to say ‘I see you’ and ‘I care about you’ is so important, but to also be able to help by giving a vial of insulin or a case of Ensure can save a fragile patient’s life. Their blood sugar may normalize, their weight may stabilize, and they may step back from that dangerous ledge of depression they are teetering on from these small gifts,” she added.

To learn more about the 34 Immediate Needs Grants  GHFA has awarded across the state or to make a donation to support future grants, please visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org or email ksinkule@gafp.org.

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 www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org. 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.