Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

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.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $29,625 in Third Cycle Community Health Grants to Support Local Health Projects

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded six Community Health Grant Award applicants $29,625 in third cycle 2018 grants.  Grant awards were made to GAFP member affiliated charitable organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. Since 2012, the Community Health Grant Program has awarded more than $222,000 in support of more than 50 GAFP member sponsored healthcare projects throughout Georgia that enhance the well-being of our communities.  With the help of a matching gift from Jackson Healthcare, GHFA doubled the number of community health grants awarded in 2018.

Visit  for more information on the community health grant program or email questions to The 2019 application will be available online in November and the submission deadline for first cycle grants is February 1, 2019.

  1. Healthy Students of Cook County Schools” $4625 Sponsored by: Thomas Fausett, MD- Adel

The goal of this project is to update medical supplies and equipment for the four schools in Cook County Georgia including: Cook Primary School, Cook Elementary School, Cook Middle School, and Cook High School. The nursing budgets for these schools are limited; therefore, the ability to acquire new equipment is limited.  Much of the equipment is out of date and non-functioning.  There continues to be increased need for medical supplies, especially more expensive items such as pulse oximeters and audiometers.  The grant would provide supplies to the four schools as recommended by the nursing staff at each school, as well as recommendations from Thomas D. Fausett, Jr., M.D and Jairaj Goberdhan, M.D., two Family Physicians practicing in Cook County.  The two physicians will oversee the project and administer the project, addressing the requests and recommendations offered from each school.

  1. Diabetes Prevention and Management Project – Good News Clinic” $5000 Sponsored by: David Westfall, MD- Gainesville

Good News Clinic (GNC) provides comprehensive healthcare for more than 3,500 patients annually who could not afford it otherwise.  GNC remains a volunteer-based clinic and is currently served by 46 volunteer physicians, 9 mid-level providers, 43 volunteer dentist and other clinical and community volunteers.  One of GNC’s heaviest areas of focus is diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. Out of the 3,500 patients treated annually, approximately 440 are diabetic. Due to the indigent status of these patients, buying blood glucose test strips is often unaffordable, leaving the patient without a valuable tool in effectively managing their disease.

GNC’s practitioners find that providing the test strips improves compliance in testing blood glucose levels which, in turn, helps patients to achieve their goal of controlling A1C. This project will provide funding for diabetic supplies, provide regular diabetes education classes to enhance compliance with medical regime and allow our registered dietitian to provide one on one counseling to enhance diet control.

  1. “Harriett Tubman Clinic’s Expanding Contraception Choice for Refugee Women Project” $5,000 Sponsored by: Angeline Ti, MD- Clarkston

Since moving to Clarkston in 2016, the Harriet Tubman Women’s Clinic (HTWC) has seen a dramatic increase in patient volume. From October 2017 through March 2018, it served 223 women, providing 76 cervical cancer screenings, testing 52 women for sexually transmitted infections and providing treatment as necessary, and dispensing contraception to 48 women. Each woman who comes through HTWC has her financial eligibility assessed by a trained member of the Georgia Volunteer Healthcare Program and must be uninsured for the care she is seeking. Therefore, through the services offered at HTWC, this particularly vulnerable cohort of women can access care which they could not otherwise. With a large proportion of refugees being young families, HTWC is faced with a growing demand for contraceptive options. Recent research has demonstrated that when barriers to contraception are removed, the use of more effective contraceptive methods increases, and rates of unintended pregnancy decrease. Using funds from this grant, HTWC plans on supplementing their current supply of oral contraceptives by stocking a variety of LARC methods and Depo Provera.

  1. “Eat, Play, Learn- Floyd Residency” $5000 Sponsored by: Pamela Obi, MD- Rome 

The Eat, Play, Learn project targets children ages 6-14 who have sought care at the Floyd Family Medicine Residency Clinic and who are considered overweight or obese by standard criteria of a BMI greater or equal to the 85th percentile. The clinic serves a large Hispanic population, most of which are considered low-income households. Lack of education, transportation, and financial resources negatively impact healthy diets and exercise. Lack of knowledge about the importance of exercise and healthy eating perpetuates obesity among this population and leads to significant comorbidities including hypertension, mood disorders and diabetes. This project hopes to address issues that perpetuate obesity by providing an avenue for at-risk children and their families to learn about healthy dietary options, participate in age-appropriate physical activities that meet CDC guidelines, and provide resources for families to purchase healthy, fresh foods.


  1. “NE GA Medical Center’s Decreasing Death Rates from Lung Cancer Through Early Detection Project,” $5000 Sponsor: Monica Newton, DO– Barrow County

Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Community Health Needs Assessment identified lung cancer in Barrow County as one of its top health priorities. Patients in Barrow county are twice as likely to die of lung cancer than those patients in neighboring Gwinnett county.

This project seeks to reduce initiation of tobacco use by partnering with the local school system to implement Tar Wars to all 4th and 5th graders throughout Barrow County. In addition, to achieve the goal of decreasing lung cancer death in this high risk county, improving awareness and access to early detection of lung cancer though low dose CT scans is needed. Developing a public awareness campaign throughout the county, providing in kind technical fees, and matching dollar for dollar the grant funds to pay for radiologist costs for those that are indigent are of vital importance.  This program will increase visibility of needed screening and assist those without insurance coverage so that they can get proactive screening which can prolong someone’s life or even cure if recognized at a very early stage. Project plans to reach 25 individuals through this targeted, collaborative outreach.

  1. “ Emory DASH To Eat Better Project” $5,000 Sponsor: Michael Ly, MD -Atlanta

School-aged children consume an average of 1,000 milligrams more sodium a day than is recommended by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Studies that examine childhood blood pressure tracking have found that children at a higher risk of developing hypertension maintain their elevated risk status throughout their childhood and into adulthood. By establishing healthy eating habits in adolescence, children who follow a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) type diet significantly reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases in adulthood. This project will educate middle school aged children and their families on strategies to make healthier snack food choices and avoid processed foods with the goal of bringing their overall sodium consumption closer to the recommended 2300 mg/day and lower their risk of developing hypertension related chronic diseases later in life.


The Alliance is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. 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. 

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 2019.

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 outreach 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 will raise up to $4 million dollars.  This funding will allow the Alliance to have a full-time team dedicated to improving the health and welfare of our local communities in Georgia.

New Board members will serve four-year terms 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 $222,000 to community projects in all corners of the state.
  1. Tar Wars – a tobacco education program presented to more than 2,000 fourth and fifth graders in Georgia during the 2017 school year alone.

Board members are expected to attend each of the GHFA meetings (in person) in 2019.

Tentative 2019 meeting dates are:

  • Saturday – March 2, 2019- Athens
  • Saturday – August 3, 2019 – Lake Lanier Island Legacy Lodge
  • Friday- November 15, 2019 – Atlanta

Thank you in advance for considering this leadership role. Interested members complete the form below by September 15th and e-mail it to  To learn more visit us on the web at


Position Applying for:  Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board of Trustees Seat       





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?


Mercy Health Center Awarded $5,000 Community Health Grant For Flu Prevention and Treatment for the Underserved in Athens /Clarke County

Mercy Health Center Awarded $5,000 Community Health Grant For Flu Prevention and Treatment for the Underserved in Athens /Clarke County

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) recently awarded Athens based Mercy Health Center $5,000 from the 2018 Community Health Grant Program for their “Flu Prevention and Treatment for the Underserved” project.

Grant funds will provide flu screening and treatment for the uninsured population served by Mercy Health Center in Athens/Clarke County and the five surrounding counties. Funds will be used to purchase 150 flu shots to protect patients from becoming ill as well as100 flu tests that will be used to properly diagnose ill patients.   Additional grant funds space will be used to purchase medication to help with flu symptoms. The goal of this project is to protect Mercy patients from the influenza virus through education and vaccination as well as to treat vulnerable patients if they fall ill.

GAFP member Dr. Jonathan Mitchell Cook (R), a volunteer at Mercy Health Center, sponsored the grant. He is pictured above with Mercy Health’s Assistant Director Rory Mathisen (L) and Volunteer Coordinator Angie Johnson (C).

GHFA is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. 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 50 charitable organizations more than $222,000. For more information visit