Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

GHFA Thanks Our 2019 Top Donors!

GHFA Thanks Our 2019 Top Donors!

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) would like to recognize our 2019 top donors including the following GAFP members and Industry Partners for supporting our five year “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Capital Campaign.  For more information, or to make your pledge, contact Shan Hayes at or call (404) 321-7445.

As of December 10, 2019:


Georgia Academy of Family Physicians     


$50,000 – $100,000 

Floyd Medical Center

Floyd Healthcare Foundation

Jackson Healthcare

Northeast Georgia Health System

$25,000 – $49,999 

Dr. Chip and Elizabeth Cowart – Statesboro

Dr. Patrick “PJ” and Lindsey Lynn -Rome  


$10,000 – $24,999

Dr. John Bucholtz Columbus

Dr. Mike and Dianne Busman – Americus

Dr. Samuel “Le” Church Hiawassee

Dr. Evelyn Lewis & Clark – Newnan

Dr. Lanny and Mica Copeland Brentwood, TN

Dr. Donald and Dee Fordham Demorest

Fay Fulton – Atlanta

Dr. Gene and Ivy Jackson Hawkinsville

Dr. Susan Margletta Harmon and Jack Harmon Roswell

Dr. Dayle Hawthorne – Ft. Oglethorpe

Dr. Thaddeus Lynn Atlanta

Jim and Patti Lyons Jasper

Dr. Carl and Melanie McCurdy Jasper

Dr. Howard and Janet McMahan Ocilla

Dr. Rolf Meinhold and Caryn Bains – Alpharetta

Dr. T.J. Miller – Claxton

Dr. Adrienne Mims – Atlanta

Drs. Monica and Wylie Newton Gainesville

Dr. Mitzi and Jeremy Rubin Atlanta

Dr. Eddie Richardson and Dr. Jameelah Gater – Eatonton

Dr. Michael and Deborah Satchell Albany

Dr. George Shannon – Columbus

Dr. Daniel Singleton Buena Vista

Dr. Collyn and Nick Steele McDonough

Dr. Harry and Karen Strothers – Macon

Dr. John Vu- Griffin

Dr. Rick and Alice Wherry Dahlonega 


$5,000 – $9,999

Dr. Susana A. Alfonso Atlanta

Dr. Karla Booker – Lilburn

Dr. Mitch Cook Athens

Dr. Denise Crawley- Rome                                                                                                           

Dr. Elvan Daniels Atlanta

Dr. Daniel Grizzle – Athens

Gwinnett Medical Center

Dr. Thomas Fausett Adel

Dr. Jay and Adelene Goberdhan-Adel

Dr. Emily J. Herndon Decatur

Dr. Audrey and William Hodge – Union Spring, AL

Dr. Wayne Hoffman and Thomas Torrey – Atlanta

Dr. Beulette Hooks – Columbus

Dr. Theresa Jacobs – Conyers

Dr. Kevin and Connie Johnson – Lawrenceville

Dr. Bruce LeClair – Augusta

Dr. Sherma Peter – Sylvania

Dr. James and Harriet Ray – Swainsboro  

Dr. Leonard Reeves and Terri Brown – Rome                                                                                                       

Dr. Susan Schayes – Marietta

 Dr. Jeff and Holly Stone – Canton


$1000 – 4,999

Dr. Rami Arfoosh – Lawrenceville

Dr. Thomas Bevill – Cartersville

Dr. J. Larry Boss – Villa Rica

Dr. Michelle Cooke – Atlanta

Dr. David Fieseler – Thomaston

Shan Hayes – Duluth

Dr. Loretta Hicks – Atlanta

Dr. Christina Kelly – Richmond Hill

Dr. Ambar Kulshreshtha – Atlanta

Dr. Anthony Nazione – Rome

Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz – Atlanta

Dr. Thad and Susan Riley – Statesboro

Shawn Smith – Lawrenceville

Dr. Charles Sow – East Point

Dr. Beverly Townsend – Columbus

Dr. Walter Steven Wilson – Kathleen


$500- $999

Dr. Rodneysha Brown – Atlanta

 Dr. Frank Lake – Gainesville

Dr. Kristen Kettelhut – Columbus

Dr. Russell Kohl – Stilwell, KS

Dr. Shameka Hunt McElhaney – Atlanta

Dr. Shikha Shah – Columbus

GAFP Member Volunteers Needed to Score 2020 Community Health Grant Program Applications

Georgia Academy of Family Physician (GAFP) members are needed to score the growing number of applications submitted to the nationally recognized Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Community Health Grant Program.

First cycle 2020 grant applications are due by February 1st and scoring will begin the second week in February, with grant awards announced in early March. The second cycle application deadline is May 14, 2020 and the final application deadline for 2020 grants is July 9th.

Volunteer scorers will be asked to participate in a conference call orientation the first week of February, but all application reviews can be done electronically with no in person meetings required. Scoring Committee members will score a maximum of 5 applications each cycle and are not eligible to apply for grants while scoring.  Please contact Kara Sinkule at or (404) 321-7445 if you are interested in scoring 2020 grants.

Over the last seven years, the Community Health Grant Program awarded than $326,000 in grants to GAFP members, residency programs, FMIG groups and their communities.

The program awards up to $5,000 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. Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply for grants. Visit  to view a list of previously funded grant projects, download an application to learn more.

MCG at Augusta University Family Medicine Residents Present Tar Wars to Laney High School Students

MCG at Augusta University Family Medicine Residents Present Tar Wars to Laney High School Students

Family Medicine Residents from MCG at Augusta University recently presented the Tar Wars tobacco and vaping prevention program to Laney High School students in Augusta, GA. In addition to learning about the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarettes/vaping use, the students also received information on hookahs and secondhand smoke.

Pictured (L-R) are Laney H.S. Coach William Wallace, Dr. Sara Myers, Dr. Mark Beckman, Dr. Christian Bramwell and Dr. Bilal Fiaz. To learn how you can present the Tar Wars program in your community contact Kara Sinkule at


Support for Tar Wars in Georgia provided by the W.G. Raoul Foundation

Marietta-Based Adult Disability Medical Healthcare (ADMH) Awarded Community Health Grant to Support “Get Fit and Be Healthy” Program for Disabled Adults

GHFA Deputy Director Kara Sinkule recently presented a $5,000 grant award to ADMH Director and Georgia Family Physician Dr. Andrea Videlefsky (L) with ADMH Clinic Director Janice Nodvin (R) and Get Fit & Be Healthy graduates who lost a total of 51 pounds during the project!

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) recently awarded Marietta -based Adult Disability Medical Healthcare (ADMH) $5,000 from the Community Health Grant Program for their “Get Fit and Be Healthy” project which provides nutritional guidance, exercise instruction and health education to adults with disabilities.

The Adult Disability Medical Healthcare (ADMH), which operates inside Urban Family Practice Associates in Marietta provides all-encompassing healthcare and social service needs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities including Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Microcephaly, and Cerebral Palsy.

Six members of the 2019 “Get Fit & Be Healthy” graduating class are pictured above. Through hands on healthy cooking instruction, grocery store tours and group exercise coaching, the group lost a total of 51 pounds during the yearlong project.

GHFA is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP). Our nationally recognized Community Health Grant Program exists to support and create momentum in an area of need and provide vital funds for family physician sponsored healthcare projects across Georgia.

Since launching the program in 2012, the Alliance has awarded 62 charitable organizations more than $326,000. Grant awards are made to GAFP member affiliated community organizations supporting underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices. For more information visit

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Announces Northeast Georgia Health System as Presenting Sponsor of Tar Wars Vaping Prevention Program for Gainesville Area Elementary Schools

 Gainesville, Ga. – The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA), the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, today announced Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) as presenting sponsor of Tar Wars, a program developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) focused on educating students as early as 4th grade about the dangers of tobacco use and vaping.

In response to the epidemic of youth vaping and e-cigarette use, Georgia family physicians are partnering with the health system to present the Tar Wars program in Hall County Schools, Gainesville City Schools and surrounding counties.

From a community prevention effort, NGHS was eager to partner with GHFA.  “This initiative aligns with our community health improvement plan in terms of preventing lung disease and is an educational effort targeted directly at the kids in our community.  We felt very strongly about supporting this program,” says Christy Moore, Community Health Improvement Manager at NGHS.

According to the Georgia Student Health Survey administered by the Georgia Department of Education, the incidence of students who report having used a vape has increased over 100 percent in just the past two years in Hall County Schools.

“The trend is alarming and clearly dangerous for our community,” says Dr. Monica Newton, a family medicine physician at Northeast Georgia Physician’s Group and leader of the Northeast Georgia Strike Force effort.  “Not only are we seeing more illness as a direct result of vaping, we don’t always know what is contained in the vape, which is scary. I am grateful to NGHS for taking the lead to educate our children about how dangerous vaping is.”

GHFA has set a goal of raising $250,000 so that students can have access to the program for multiple years starting in the 2020 school year.

The Alliance is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP).  Established in 1947, the GAFP is a member chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. GAFP strives to promote the health of the citizens of Georgia by advancing the specialty of Family Medicine through education, advocacy and service to family physicians in the State of Georgia. Boasting a membership of 3,200 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students, the organization supports those who aspire to achieve excellence and who are committed to delivering it. For more information about Tar Wars, visit or call us at 404-321-7445.