Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $30,000 in First Cycle Community Health Grants to Support the Good Works of GAFP Members

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded six Community Health Grant Award applicants $30,000 in first cycle 2019 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 second cycle 2019 awards is May 14, 2019.

Visit  for more information or to download the application. The 2019 first cycle Community Health Grant Recipients are:

Grace Village “Refuge Clinic” Project, Scott Keller, DO Clarkston $5,000

Refuge Clinic patients include 54 nationalities 150 ethnic groups and speak 47 languages. Refugees are given only eight months of Medicaid after which most are uninsured with limited income. Each year 1500-2000 new refugees arrive, and many are in ill health. Grace Village Medical Clinic provides free access to doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists and behavioral therapists, prescription medications and laboratory testing for patients. In addition to supporting prescription medication and lab fees, project funds will be used to acquire an EKG machine. Grant funds will also be used to purchase an ultrasound machine for in-house diagnosis as well as to pay for diagnostic imaging including x-rays and mammograms which, will be accomplished by a discount agreement with a local radiology facility.

MPMobile/Athens Free Clinic Lab Project, Suzanne Lester, MD $5,000 

Since March 2018, the Athens Free Clinic’s Mobile Unit has held 17 clinics, had 169 patient encounters, and provided point-of-care testing including HgA1C, rapid strep, dipstick urinalysis, urine pregnancy, glucose, and rapid HIV tests.  One obstacle identified is a lack of access to laboratory studies beyond point-of-care tests (HgA1C, rapid strep, dipstick urinalysis, urine pregnancy, glucose, rapid HIV).  To safely prescribe and dispense necessary medications for common conditions, further lab testing is needed. Clinic patients have multiple barriers to laboratory studies: cost, transportation and, lab hours to name a few. Funding for this project will greatly improve the quality of care for mobile clinic patients by collecting lab specimens in the field and delivering to the lab via a clinic account set up for MPMobile/Athens Free Clinic as costs of tests are greatly reduced in a “bill account” arrangement. Phlebotomy trained staff and the proper equipment will ensure safe specimen collection. Project goals include evaluating and treating up to 300 patients in the project year. Of those patients about 40% will need laboratory testing beyond point-of-care mobile tests.

myTEAM TRIUMPH Triathlon Project, Alice House, MD Columbus $5,000

myTEAM Triumph provides physically limited children, adults, and veterans, termed “Captains,” opportunities to take part in endurance races throughout several communities in Georgia with the assistance of specialized ASTM certified racing chairs and teams of able-bodied runners, termed “Angels.” Last year myTEAM TRIUMPH – Georgia expanded to include biking events and a triathlon. This year’s project will increase the triathlon activities by 3-5 biking/triathlon events in 2019. The aim is simple – increase the number of Captain and Angel participants in these scheduled events for 2019 with 2-3 teams competing in each event this year instead of just one team. Grant funds will buy equipment needed for these expanded activities including specialized boats and harnesses to pull more Captains in the water, specialized life vests for Captains that cannot swim and swim buoys for Captains who can.

Mercy Health Center Athens “Implementing Strategies for Improving Diabetes Control in an Underserved Population” Jonathan Mitchell Cook, DO $5,000

This project focuses on improving the health of the diabetes population at Mercy Health Center. The project includes a one-month pilot study to assess the feasibility of utilizing continuous glucose monitoring in the diabetes patient population. Results will provide information regarding the ease of use of the device, and availability of glycemic control data which allows health care providers to titrate complex insulin regimens more quickly and effectively. Funds will be utilized to purchase diabetes supplies to aid patient population in self-management as well as a Freestyle Pro Libre Reader Kit and Freestyle Libre Pro Patient Sensors. Currently, 24% of Mercy’s patient population is diagnosed with diabetes, and of that population, 47% have attended a pharmacotherapy appointment in the past two years. Despite receiving medication refills and supplies from the MHC pharmacy and accessing care from both a primary care physician and pharmacotherapy clinic, there is a subset of patients who still have poorly controlled diabetes. This lack of glycemic control is likely related to multiple factors, including but not limited to cultural, economic, social, and environmental factors. Continuous glucose monitoring devices have shown benefits in reducing hypoglycemia and improving quality of life markers in adult patients.

Clarkston Health Center, “Breast Health Initiative” Patrice Shongo, MD $5,000 CCHC’s Breast Health Initiative (BHI) aims to decrease the breast cancer mortality rate among uninsured, immigrant and refugee women in DeKalb County and the surrounding region through several activities in collaboration with local health services partners. Through a small grant, in partnership with Emory Decatur Hospital, CCHC has been providing free mammograms and follow-up, diagnostic testing for women age 40 years and older who are patients of the clinic, or eligible women who are referred.  To date 209 women have received mammograms. Project goal is to reach an additional 100 women with screening mammograms by the end of 2019.  Of the 209 women, 41 had abnormal screening mammograms.  Thirty-eight women had diagnostic mammograms and of those, 28 women had diagnostic ultrasounds, and 10 had biopsies performed. Of the 41 women, 31 had benign results, one was referred to Northside Oncology for chemotherapy for a malignancy, one was referred for surgery for a nipple inversion, and eight have been lost to follow-up.  CCHC’s volunteer physicians and nurse practitioners continue to conduct the initial clinical breast exams, identify any risk factors through a detailed medical history, and order the testing. Funds from GHFA will provide mammograms to 50 women towards overall goal of completing screening mammograms for 300 women by the end of 2019.

Physicians’ Care Clinic “Chronic Disease and Diabetes Management Program” Martha Crenshaw, MD Dekalb County, $5,000  

PCC is the oldest and largest volunteer led charitable clinic serving residents of DeKalb County providing services to 1,183 enrolled patients. Many PCC patients suffer from chronic diseases requiring ongoing care and management. In 2018 of the 1,183 enrolled patients 45% had high blood pressure, 23% high cholesterol, and 22% of patients were diabetic.  The clinic’s Chronic Disease and Diabetes Management Program is the only organized clinic program in DeKalb County offering on going prevention and education classes and monitoring supplies. This grant will support eight, two-hour diabetes management classes and scholarships for classes at Emory Decatur Hospital. Funding will be used to purchase test strips and glucometers to check blood sugar levels as well as educational materials used to help patients improve nutrition and lose weight. Passes to attend organized, structured classes offered at Emory Decatur Wellness Center will also be provided to program participants.

These are only a few of the important programs your colleagues are lending their talents and time to statewide. Please consider making a contribution so the Alliance can continue to support important projects like these. All donations are tax deductible. Make your Alliance contribution easily online at or contact Alliance staff at or calling (800) 392-3841.

Georgia Tornado Disaster Relief Available for GAFP MEMBERS

We are aware that several Georgia communities saw extensive damage on March 3, 2019 when multiple tornadoes traveled through Alabama and 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.  Either Kara Sinkule ( or Fay Fulton ( can assist you with filling out a simple disaster relief application.

Click here to download the application form


Patrick “PJ” Lynn, MD


Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

GHFA Seeking First Cycle Community Health Grant Applications

GHFA Seeking Applicants for First Cycle

2019 Community Health Grant Awards Program

Deadline to Apply for First Cycle 2019 Funding is February 1st

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is currently seeking applications for the first cycle of the 2019 Community Health Grant Awards program. Grant awards of up to $5,000 are awarded to GAFP member affiliated 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. The application deadline for first cycle 2019 awards is February 1st. First cycle grant awards will be announced in March 2019.

Over the last six years, the Community Health Grant Program has given more than $222,000 in grants back to GAFP members, residency programs, FMIG groups and their communities including the Morehouse medical student sponsored H.E.A.L. On Wheels project pictured below.

Morehouse Students Volunteering for H.E.A.L. On Wheels

The second cycle application deadline is May 14, 2019 and the final application deadline for 2019 grants is July 9th. Visit  to download the 2019 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 Shan Hayes at or calling (800) 392-3841.


In this Season of Giving the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Recognizes our 2018 “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Donors

 In this Season of Giving the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Recognizes our 2018 Your Giving is Great Medicine Donors


The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is grateful for the support of the following GAFP members and Industry Partners who have made pledges and donations toward our five year Your Giving is Great Medicine Capital Campaign.  For more information, or to make your pledge, contact Shan Hayes or call (404) 321-7445. As of December 11, 2018:



Georgia Academy of Family Physicians                  


Dr. Chip and Elizabeth Cowart – Statesboro

Jackson Healthcare           

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. Thomas Fausett- Adel

Dr. Jay and Adelene Goberdhan-Adel

Gwinnett Medical Center

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. 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. 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. Kristen Kettelhut-Columbus

Dr. Aparna Mark- Decatur

Dr. Shameka Hunt McElhaney- Atlanta

$50 – $500

Dr. Ivy Smith Coleman – Hapeville

Dr. Martha Crenshaw- Stone Mountain

Dr. James R. Hagler- Buena Vista

Dr. F. Kennard Hood- Lake Spivey

Dr. Michael Miles- Bremen

Dr. Alison Lauber- Newnan

Dr. George A. Nixon- Martinez

Dr. Sandhya Ramayya- Macon

Dr. Harry Snapperman- Peachtree City

Dr. Ben Thomas- Atlanta

Dr. Susan Thomas- Snellville

Dr. Michael Walsh- Estero, FL

Dr. Howard Yager- Atlanta


Thank you all for your support in 2018!


Shan Hayes Joins the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance as Director of Philanthropy

GHFA’s new Director of Philanthropy Shan Hayes (R) joined GHFA Deputy Director Kara Sinkule (L) at the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance booth during the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly in Stone Mountain November 9, 2018.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Shan Hayes has been named the Director of Philanthropy. In this position Shan will support the Your Giving is Great Medicine capital campaign aimed at expanding the reach and funding of the Community Health Grant program and Tar Wars in communities where Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) members live and serve.

Shan comes to GHFA from YouthSpark, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of youth at risk for exploitation and sexual abuse. Shan previously held positions with Junior Achievement of Georgia and the Boy Scouts of America.

A native of DeKalb County, Shan is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  In her free time, Shan enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with close friends and family.

The Your Giving is Great Medicine capital campaign seeks to further the organizational capacity of the Alliance by securing funding from the health care community at large, foundations and businesses to increase the number of Community Health Grants and Tar Wars presentations in the years ahead.

To learn more or to make your contribution today visit Shan can be reached via email at or by calling 404-321-7445.

Founded in 1987, the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, formerly known as the Foundation of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP), is the philanthropic arm of the GAFP and a charitable public foundation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.