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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 2021.

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 nearly halfway to raising $4 million dollars.  The campaign will allow the Alliance to expand its educational and community outreach efforts including the Community Health Grant Program, Immediate Needs Grants for COVID-19 assistance 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 (2021-2025) 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 $365,000 to community projects in all corners of the state. In 2020, the Alliance also launched the Immediate Needs Grant program to provide urgent needs assistance in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Since launching in March, $35,000 has been awarded statewide and the program was named the 2020 AAFP Foundation Outstanding Program of the Year.
  1. 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 a Southeast Georgia Tar Wars Strike Force anti-vaping initiative in addition to the two already underway in Rome and Gainesville 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 2021. Tentative 2021 GHFA meeting dates (locations in Georgia TBD):

  • Saturday – March 2021 -TBD
  • Saturday – August 2021 – TBD
  • Friday- November 2021 – TBD

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 ksinkule@gafp.org.  To learn more visit us on the web at http://www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org

Position Applying for:   Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board Seat       

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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?

 

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $25,000 in Third Cycle 2020 Community Health Grants to Support Local Health Projects

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded four Community Health Grant Award applicants $20,000 in the third cycle of 2020 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 first cycle 2021 grants is February 1, 2021. Visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/grants/ for more information or to download the application. Third Cycle 2020 Community Health Grant Recipients are:

Adult Disability Medical Home “Get Fit & Be Healthy Cookbook and Health Guide” $5,000 Sponsored by Andrea Videlefsky, MD

The Get Fit and Be Healthy program has been a hallmark health and wellness program offered by ADMH to individuals with developmental disabilities. Over the past three years the ADMH has expanded their patient population to include multiple complex developmental disabilities including Autism, Fragile X, Microcephaly, and Cerebral Palsy. Through interactive group visits with peers along with caregiver support, this program will provide continued and expanded health services to include both ADMH patients and other eligible individuals in the community… The program provides an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to actively engage in a nutrition and fitness education program to develop lifelong habits for improving and maintaining health and wellness. Using the tools and strategies from previous cohorts to develop a creative and long-lasting outcome, a cookbook/health manual incorporating health and fitness information with recipes learned in the program will be produced. The manual will be participant driven, developed in workgroups based on the three GET FIT program components Health Tools, Fitness Training and Healthy Recipes.

“Warrior Centric Healthcare Foundation & Veteran Medical Neighborhood Joining Forces to Mitigate Impact of Social Determinants of Health” – $5,000 – Sponsored by Loretta Hicks, MD

There are 18.8 million veterans living in the U.S. today, 7.6 percent of the population. They are predominantly male although the number of female veterans is on the rise. Georgia is home to over 636,725 Veterans, 69,836 active duty members and 27,557 National Guards and Reservists and together their family members total over 1.9 million. There are just under 75, 000 females and 563,253 male Veterans. In addition, figures 1 thru 3 provide a graphic of the age, ethnicity, and era of service.

The goal and objective of the Warrior Centric Health Foundation – Veteran Medical Neighborhood Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) technology platform project is to provide an efficient, effective, and economic mechanism for family physicians to address the SDoH facing Veterans and their families who are in their care. This tool will be available to all members (physicians and other disciplines) of the GAFP. It will also be available to any patients they direct to the site. Once the integration is complete, they will be able to access the tool through the WCHF website at no cost to them or their patients.

Mercy Health “Flu Prevention & Treatment for the Underserved Project” $5,000 Sponsored by Mitch Cook, DO

Mercy Health Center provides quality, whole-person healthcare at no cost to people who are low-income and uninsured. Patients served are 18-64 years old and live at or below 150% of the federal poverty guideline. Mercy serves 6 counties which include Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Madison, and Jackson. The patient demographics are as follows: 52% Caucasian, 23% African American, 22% Hispanic, 3% other and 63% of patients are female and average age of all patients is 45 years old. In 2019, Mercy served 1,448 unique patients for a total of 11,447 visits. Grant funds will help provide flu screening and treatment for the uninsured population served by Mercy Health Center in Athens/Clarke County and the 5 surrounding counties. Funds will be used to purchase 150 flu shots to protect patients from becoming ill. Funds will also be used purchase 100 flu tests that will be used to properly diagnose patients if they become ill. An additional $1000 is requested for the purchase of gift cards to be used to purchase Tamiflu. Tamiflu is used to treat symptoms caused by the flu virus and helps make the symptoms less severe and shortens the recovery time by 1-2 days.

DEO Clinic “Telemedicine and Coaching Calls to Overcome COVID Concerns While Monitoring Chronic Health Conditions” – $5,000 – Sponsored by Raymond Bedgood, MD

The phenomenal growth of the clinic is being stretched further in every direction by the loss of employment/insurance during COVID 19 (which is increasing patient numbers), and decreased availability of volunteers who must guard against infection. The clinic believes that innovation is the key to overcoming COVID and are thus seeking funds to utilize telemedicine and other creative solutions to keep patients on track, and to keep volunteers safely engaged with the work that they love during this pandemic.

The clinic has long-term volunteers who need to treat patients from home to eliminate the possibility of exposure to COVID. The patient population is low income, not all of them will have technology or access to the internet for participating in telemedicine. Patients who have the technological equipment can accept telemedicine calls at home. Patients who do not have smartphones or computers or internet can visit the DEO Clinic, have their vital signs checked by staff and use the clinic computers to have a telemedicine appointment with a provider who is volunteering from home. Patients who have smart phones but need wi-fi access will be directed to free wi-fi locations around the region if they wish to participate in telemedicine. DEO Clinic will provide patients with simple monitoring equipment to use at home. Blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, blood glucose meters, and scales with BMI measurements will be provided according to the patient’s most critical chronic conditions.

GHFA Awards Immediate Needs Grant Funding to Dr. Brandi Warren in Thomasville To Support Seniors in Need During Covid-19 Crisis

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA), the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, awarded Dr. Brandi Warren of Thomasville, Ga. an Immediate Needs Grant to support fragile elderly patients in her area. Many of Dr. Warren’s patients are seniors and are not able to afford needed medications.  Fortunately, Dr. Warren can negotiate reduced rates with her local independent pharmacy for medications, such as insulin.  The $1,000 Immediate Needs Grant from GHFA will allow Dr. Warren to purchase critical, life-sustaining medication at or near cost and ensure that patients who have the greatest need will be able to access it.

Dr. Warren encourages all of us to be mindful of others during this ongoing crisis and to help where you can. “As a community we are uncertain of what lies ahead or how our daily lives will change in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Dr. Warren. “Reaching out to our patients to say ‘I see you’ and ‘I care about you’ is so important, but to also be able to help by giving a vial of insulin or a case of Ensure can save a fragile patient’s life. Their blood sugar may normalize, their weight may stabilize, and they may step back from that dangerous ledge of depression they are teetering on from these small gifts,” she added.

To learn more about the 34 Immediate Needs Grants  GHFA has awarded across the state or to make a donation to support future grants, please visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org or email ksinkule@gafp.org.

GHFA’s Immediate Needs Grant Program Named 2020 Outstanding Program of the Year by the AAFP Foundation

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP), has been named the Outstanding Program of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP) Foundation for the Immediate Needs Grants For Our Patients, program which was launched in late March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia.

The Immediate Needs Grant program has provided more than $40,000 for micro-grants to GAFP member identified needs among their patients including prescription assistance for home bound senior citizens, lunch delivery for vulnerable children who no longer have access to school meals, PPE for charitable care clinics, and sanitizer distribution for Atlanta’s large homeless community.

“We are humbled to be recognized for our collective effort to help our patients and communities maintain health and hope during these uncertain times,” said GHFA Board President Dr. PJ Lynn. “I commend the GAFP members on the front line of this epidemic for going above and beyond to lift others in the face of this crisis,” he added.

AAFP Foundation President, Dr. Julie Anderson, congratulated GHFA for positively impacting Family Medicine with the Immediate Needs Program for our Patients project during the COVID-19 outbreak. The AAFP Foundation established the Outstanding Program Award to nationally recognize exceptional philanthropic activities of AAFP Chapters and Chapter Foundations. The Award is presented annually at the AAFP Foundation’s Annual Recognition Dinner during Family Medicine Experience (FMX) which was previously scheduled to be held October 15, 2020 in Chicago.

To donate to the Immediate Needs Grant Program or to see a complete list of the grants awarded visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org. GHFA is also sharing details of each grant through “Good News Stories” published in the GAFP Newsletter.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is the only charitable organization in Georgia whose objective is to improve access to quality health care through initiatives and programs lead and supported by the care and generosity of family medicine specialists. We rely on the leadership, support and generosity of family physicians and corporate donors to fulfill our mission. The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is a charitable public foundation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization and is thereby eligible to receive grants and tax-deductible gifts and contributions.

GHFA Seeking Applicants for Last Cycle of the 2020 Community Health Grant Awards Program 

Deadline to Apply Extended to July 13th

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) has opened the application period for the final cycle of the 2020 Community Health Grant Awards program. In March, GHFA paused the program in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and began awarding smaller Immediate Needs Grants to Georgia Academy of Family Physician (GAFP) member identified urgent needs in their communities.

Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 to support GAFP member affiliated community organizations that support program priorities including underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. The application deadline for the final cycle of 2020 is July 13th.  Grant awards will be announced in August 2020.

Over the last seven years the Community Health Grant Program has awarded more than $366,000 in grants back to GAFP members, residency programs, FMIG groups and their communities. Visit http://www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org to download the 2020 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 www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/donate/ or by contacting Kara Sinkule at ksinkule@gafp.org or calling (800) 392-3841.

Your Help Needed – Send Out to Your Social Network – Help Raise Additional Funds for our Immediate Community Needs

Thank you for your continued support to your foundation, the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance. Your generosity continues to help make our mission possible.

As some of you may know, the GHFA Executive Committee approved an initial $25,000 (diverted from our Community Grants budget) to offer smaller grants (up to $1,000) for quick, immediate and urgent needs of member – identified community organizations in crisis due to the pandemic. We have distributed most of the initial $25,000 – and the Executive Committee has agreed to distribute an additional $15,000 – for a total of $40,000 to help our patients and neighbors with food, shelter and medical equipment.

If only $40,000 would cover the cost of requests that continue to come in from our members who are on the frontline and working with the homeless, hungry and frightened. But as we often say, “hope” is NOT a strategy – we have a PLAN – and with your assistance – we can quickly raise additional monies.  We have started a social media campaign using the Fundly platform and set a goal of matching the Alliance’s $40,000 to allow us to award more Immediate Needs Grants.

We are so grateful for physician members like past GAFP President, Dr. Susan Margletta Harmon, and her husband, for giving a donation in the amount of $2,000 to sponsor additional grants. Our ask of you is to give a $1,000 donation to also sponsor a much-needed emergency grant. Any amount you can give towards our COVID-19 relief fund is of course appreciated and will make an immediate impact on the lives of the people in our communities. No amount is too small. You can follow this link to give directly to our online campaign. https://fundly.com/ghfa-covid-19-immediate-needs-grants-fund

In addition, please share our Fundly donations page on your personal social media platforms. You can share the Fundly page directly from the link above. Your community of friends, family and colleagues likely want to help, and this is a way for them to do so. Even if you are unable to make a donation at this time, sharing this with your network, and asking for their support could go a really long way in helping us meet our goal!

Many current GHFA donors are choosing to make an additional gift to support the COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund – we hope you will consider doing the same.  All gifts will have an immediate impact on our mission as we work to meet the healthcare needs of our community.

Sincerely,

Shan Hayes- GHFA Director of Philanthropy

Fay Fulton- GHFA Executive Director

Kara Sinkule- GHFA Deputy Director
Daniel Thompson- GHFA Regional Director of Philanthrop

Georgia Tornado Disaster Relief Available for GAFP Members

To: Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Colleagues

From:  Patrick J. Lynn, MD – President, Georgia Health Family Alliance

RE:   Georgia Tornado Disaster Relief Fund Available for Our Members

We are aware that several Georgia communities saw extensive damage on April 13, 2020 when multiple tornadoes traveled through 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.  Kara Sinkule (ksinkule@gafp.org) or Fay Fulton (ffulton@gafp.org) can assist you with completing the application

Sincerely,

Patrick “PJ” Lynn, MD, FAAFP

President

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

Immediate Needs Community Grants Now Available

To:  GAFP Members
From: Patrick “PJ” Lynn, MD, FAAFP
President, Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

RE: Immediate Needs Community Grants Now Available

From GHFA – GAFP Foundation

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Executive Committee met last week to address the current COVID-19 crisis unfolding in communities across Georgia. Effective immediately, GHFA is opening applications for Immediate Needs Community Grants to help GAFP member communities.  Some examples of these grant solicitations could be housing, transportation and/or food and medicine for individuals that are in a fragile or dangerous situation.

Because our members are on the front lines of public health issues affecting their communities, grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to GAFP members to address immediate local needs.  Grant applications have been streamlined and a review/approval process has been implemented so we can transmit funds within 3-5 days.

The application period is open effective March 23, 2020.  The application is below – or a fillable applications can be found on the GHFA website at www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org . Contact Kara Sinkule – ksinkule@gafp.org or call 404-321-7445 with any questions.

 

GHFA Immediate Needs Community Grant Application

Open and Ongoing Application – Effective March 23, 2020

Applicants must be Georgia Academy of Family Physicians members. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to address immediate local needs in Georgia include housing, transportation and/or food and medicine. Grant applications will be immediately reviewed, and funding transmitted within 3-5 days. 

Please Print:

GAFP Member’s Full Name:

Address City/State Zip Code (to transmit funding):

Email Address:

Best Phone Number to Contact You:

Grant Request Amount (Available – Up to $1,000): _______________________

Briefly describe how you will use the grant if awarded all or a portion of your requested amount.

 

Do you have any other information that may help us to evaluate your grant application?

 

Please add the name of the grantee and the address where the funding should be sent (if different from above):

 

Certification by Grant Applicant:

I certify that the information contained in this application is true and complete. I understand that a material misrepresentation or omission of any information is grounds for denial of a grant. I understand that the granting of assistance is neither a right nor an entitlement, and that the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance shall have sole discretion in determining whether I qualify for or receive a grant. 

Signature (Electronic Signature Accepted) and Date:

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The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $40,000 in First Cycle Community Health Grants to Support Good Works of GAFP Members

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded eight Community Health Grant Award applicants $40,000 in first cycle 2020 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 2020 awards is May 14, 2020.

Visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/grants/  for more information or to download the application. The 2020 first cycle grant recipients are:

Grace Gate Clinic “Flu Prevention for Habersham” Donald Fordham, MD – $5,000     

Grace Gate Clinic exists to provide quality free healthcare to medically underserved patients in Habersham County, Georgia.  Grace Gate currently has 302 patients with chronic health problems who would benefit from flu vaccination and who are otherwise unable to afford the vaccine. There are currently no other resources in the county that provide discounted or free flu vaccines. The grant in the amount of $5000 would allow Grace Gate to provide flu vaccines for all 302 patients.

Emory University “Eagle Food Co-Op Project”, Ava Voss, Medical Student– $5,000      

The Eagle Food Co-op is an open pantry for Emory University students in need. It is housed and managed by Bread Coffeehouse/Emory Christian Campus Fellowship, a free coffeehouse and campus ministry. The Eagle Food Co-op is a resource available for the 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students at Emory University and is specifically intended for the approximately 60% of them that are struggling with food insecurity.  Food insecurity is a growing problem on college campuses nationwide, and Emory University is no exception. We were gratefully able to serve almost 200 students in the previous school year and are on track to serve slightly more in this school year. Grant funds would be used to purchase a deep freezer stocked fully with frozen meats, vegetables, fruits, and bread as well as nonperishable items and hygiene products.

Wellstar Kennestone FM Clinic “Let’s Get Moving Project” Rebecca Kim, MD$5,000     

The growing obesity and hyperlipidemia problem in the United States is not slowing down. In Georgia, we are known as the “stroke belt” given the increased rates of unhealthy lifestyle habits. In this family medicine clinic alone, approximately 46.8% of patients were known to have BMI >30. In addition, approximately 970 patients had abnormalities in their lipid panel (18.8% LDL, 11.1% Triglycerides, 12.1% Total Cholesterol). Patients participating in the project will get BMI/Lipid measurements as well as a questionnaire asking their exercise/activity level and desires to exercise. During each monthly visit, patients will be asked to fill out a questionnaire asking them the same questions about exercise/activity level and desire and front office staff will check/log their steps.

Al-Farooq Clinic “Electronic Health Record Project” Omar Hayek, Med Student $5,000  

The Al-Farooq Free Health Clinic is a free health clinic that provides medical care and services to the underserved population of the greater Atlanta area regardless of their insurance status. The clinic opens weekly on Sundays from 12-2 PM in the Al-Farooq Mosque and provides treatment for hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, heart conditions, lung conditions and several other chronic medical conditions. We conduct blood sugar testing and basic Lab Corp blood work. The clinic also provides select medication at no cost to patients. A large network of volunteers triage the patients, do blood work, and handle the office and managerial side of the clinic. On average, the Al-Farooq clinic serves 15-20 patients weekly, many of whom are returning patients. Grant funds will set up an electronic health records (EHR) system.

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

PCC is the oldest and largest volunteer led charitable clinic serving residents of DeKalb County and provides services to 1,183 enrolled patients. Many PCC patients suffer from chronic disease requiring ongoing primary care and management. In 2019, 44% had high blood pressure, 19% high cholesterol, and 26% of our patients were diabetic.  The clinic’s Chronic Disease and Diabetes Management Program is the only organized medical 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 testing strips and glucometers to monitor 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.

Mercer School of Medicine “Student Run Clinic” Nicole Mette, Med Student$4,973  

Macon Volunteer Clinic provides primary healthcare to residents of Macon-Bibb County who are ages 18-64, employed, uninsured, and earn less than 200% of the Federal Poverty level.  In 2019 Macon Volunteer Clinic served 778 individual patients.  Of these 70% were female, 92% had an annual income of less than $25,000, 66% were African American, and 20% were diabetic. Macon Bibb County is one of the top 10 unhealthiest metro areas in the United States, and its health outcomes are ranked #135 out of 159 counties with the highest rate of diabetes among Georgia cities.  Macon Volunteer Clinic has over 350 dedicated volunteers including dentists, physicians, nurses, administrative, nurse practitioners, hygienists, and medical students from Mercer University School of Medicine.  Mercer USM students provide valuable services to our patients, while receiving hands-on learning opportunities. Once each month Macon Volunteer Clinic has Student-Run Saturday Clinic, where Mercer School of Medicine students, with their physician instructor, provide initial screening appointments for new patients. In this Clinic, they learn to chart, take patient vitals, review and discuss labs, provide valuable patient education about chronic multiple medical conditions.

Clarkston Health Center, “Breast Health Initiative” Patrice Shongo, MD – $5,000

Clarkston Health Center’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. As of December 2019, 168 women received screening mammograms. Our goal is to reach an additional 132 women with screening mammograms by the end of 2020. Of the 168 women, 67 had benign results, 26 were submitted for follow-up, 8 biopsy orders were sent, 5 ultrasound-guided biopsies were completed, 4 genetic orders sent, 14 unilateral diagnostic mammograms completed, and 1 bilateral diagnostic mammogram was completed.  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. GHFA grant funds will be used to provide mammograms to 37 women.

Rome Free Clinic “Telemedicine- Rural Communities” Leonard Reeves, MD $5,000

The Free Clinic of Rome is a not-for-profit organization that for 17 years has served low-income, uninsured patients with no primary medical home. Last year the clinic revised boundaries drawn for three counties and widened its outreach to “the greater Rome area” in order to reach more patients even when patients could not necessarily reach us. As a provider to low-income uninsured patients, data has shown us appointment cancellations and no-shows by patients outside a 3 – 5-mile radius of the clinic or in areas without access to the local public transit, are notably related to transportation issues.  Lack of a vehicle, insurance, gas money, vehicle dependability and daylight savings time (ability to drive in the dark/working headlights) all play a great part in a patient’s ability to come to appointments as scheduled. An evaluation of our patients in a rural County shows a round trip to an appointment for some to be over 80 miles. The ability for a remote Telemedicine Clinic to provide routine follow-up appointments in a geographically convenient location that eliminates time and travel issues should decrease appointment cancellations, increase the quality and continuity of care we can provide our patients, and make it much simpler for new patients to have access to us in the future.

Barrow County School Nurse recently presented Tar Wars to County Line Elementary School in Winder, Georgia

Barrow County School Nurse Melanie Boestfleisch (R) recently presented Tar Wars to County Line Elementary School students in Winder, Georgia. Students learned how smoking and vaping damages your lungs as well as other dangers posed by E-Cigarettes/ JUULS and Hookahs. Students were also encouraged to create their own advertisements for living a tobacco and nicotine free life to enter in the Tar Wars statewide poster competition. To learn how you can present Tar Wars in your community contact Kara Sinkule at ksinkule@gafp.org or call (404) 321-7445.

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