Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

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.


Natural Disaster Relief Available for GAFP Members

We are aware that several Georgia communities experienced flooding and power outages on September 4-5, 2019 when Hurricane Dorian passed through Coastal Georgia. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been impacted by this storm.

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.



Patrick “PJ” Lynn, MD, FAAFP


Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

Foundation of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians


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.