Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Seeking GAFP Member to Serve on Alliance Board of Trustee

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 2020.

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 raising up to $4 million dollars.  The campaign will allow the Alliance to expand its educational and community outreach efforts including the Community Health Grant Program 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 (2020-2024) 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 $305,000 to community projects in all corners of the state.
  2. 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 “Tar Wars Strike Force” projects in at least two communities 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 2020.

Tentative 2020 GHFA meeting dates (locations in Georgia TBD):

  • Saturday – February 29, 2020 – The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North – Atlanta, GA
  • Saturday – August 1, 2020 – Callaway Resort & Gardens – Pine Mountain, GA
  • Friday- November 13, 2020 – The Hotel at Avalon – Alpharetta, GA

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  To learn more visit us on the web at


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

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  for more information or to download the application. Second Cycle 2019 Community Health Grant Recipients are:

  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.

GHFA Awards Disaster Relief Grant to GAFP Member Impacted by March 3rd Tornado

GHFA Awards Disaster Relief Grant to GAFP Member Impacted by March 3rd Tornado

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Board of Trustees recently awarded a Disaster Relief Grant to GAFP Member Dr. Daniel Kosobucki Jr. after a tornado touched down in Waverly Hall, GA on March 3, 2019. The tornado caused extensive damage to Dr. Kosobucki’s property, and grant funds will be used to mitigate a portion of Dr. Kosobucki’s losses including time away from his practice.

GHFA’s Disaster Relief Fund was established in 2007 to assist two family physicians who lost their practices when a tornado ripped through downtown Americus, GA. If you are aware of another GAFP member who sustained damage during a recent storm, please contact us at (404) 321-7445.  Either Kara Sinkule ( or Fay Fulton ( can assist you with completing the application. For more information visit

GHFA Thanks our Donors!

GHFA Thanks our Donors!

Last week at the GAFP’s 2019 summer CME meeting, some of our leaders with the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance took a break from meetings and classes to thank GHFA’s top donors. GHFA hosted a Thank-A-Thon in Amelia Island and personally called on all donors who made a pledge of $5000 or higher to our Your Giving is Great Medicine capital campaign.

With “thank-a-tinis” in hand, our family physician leaders had the opportunity to simply express gratitude to their peers for their support. To date, the Alliance has awarded $280,000 and counting, in community health grant awards, and educated thousands of youth on the harmful effects of smoking and vaping. None of this would be possible without the generosity of our donors and we are so grateful. A huge thank you and shout out to Dr. Patrick “PJ” Lynn, Dr. Loy “Chip” Cowart, Dr. Mitzi Rubin, and Dr. Collyn Steele for joining us at the Thank-A-Thon and making a few calls to fellow family physician members and donors.

If you would like to make a pledge or one time donation supporting our Your Giving is Great Medicine campaign, please contact our Director of Philanthropy, Shan Hayes, at 404-321-7445, or visit the website

GHFA Donor and GAFP Member Dr. Collyn Steele enjoying a Thank-A-Tini while making calls.


Donors Called During Thank-A-Thon



Dr. Chip and Elizabeth Cowart Statesboro

Dr. Patrick “PJ” and Lindsey Lynn Rome



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 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 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 



Dr. Susana A. Alfonso

Dr. Karla Booker – Lilburn

Dr. Mitch Cook Athens

Dr. Denise Crawley Rome  

Dr. Elvan Daniels Atlanta

Dr. Daniel Grizzle Athens

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 StoneCanton

Grace Village Clinic Awarded Community Health Grant to Support Refuge Healthcare Project in Clarkston 

GHFA Deputy Director Kara Sinkule (L) presented the grant award to Grace Village Clinic Coordinator Mike Sorrells (2L) with GHFA Director of Philanthropy Shan Hayes (2R) and Georgia Family Physician Dr. Scott Keller who serves as the clinic’s Medical Director and grant sponsor.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) recently awarded Grace Village Clinic a grant of $5,000 from the Community Health Grant Program for their Refuge Clinic project supporting healthcare for refugees and uninsured citizens in Clarkston, Georgia.

Patients at Grace Village Clinic comprise 54 nationalities, 150 ethnic groups and speak 47 languages. The entire staff is comprised of volunteer physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, nurses, nurse aides, medical students and translators.

In partnership with Grace Fellowship Church, Grace Village Clinic will utilize GHFA grant funds to purchase an EKG and ultrasound machine for the clinic.   Funds will also be used to expand the clinic’s diagnostic imaging services via a discounted agreement with a local radiology facility.

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 $280,000. Grant awards are made to GAFP member affiliated community organizations supporting underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices. For more information visit