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Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Awards Dolapo Babalola, MD, FAAFP, its 2019 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) awarded Dolapo Babalola, MD, FAAFP its 2019 Family Medicine Educator of the Year, for her exceptional influence on medical students and residents as faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Babalola is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and the Director of Medical Education and Rural Health at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Babalola has led many innovative efforts, including the Family Medicine Sub-Internship Selective Curriculum both structurally and educationally for the fourth-year medical students to promote primary care. She volunteers in the free student run clinic where she supervises and teaches students as they provide medical care for underserved and uninsured populations. She continues to develop new curricula and initiatives for medical students which includes; mid-clerkship evaluation meetings, group clinical skill sessions and National Board of Medical Examiners Subject examination prep review.

Dr. Babalola received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Guyana School of Medicine, in Guyana. She completed Postgraduate Training at Morehouse School of Medicine and a fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine Faculty Development and Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Babalola has received the following awards; Grady Community Teacher’s Award, Outstanding Family Medicine Educator by the Morehouse Student Government Association. She was the 2nd place recipient for the Morehouse Faculty Teaching Competition and she was the 2018 GAFP Research Poster Award winner in the Practicing physician category at Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting.

Dr. Babalola embodies the true definition of an effective educator in Family Medicine. She is an emerging leader and we look forward to supporting her in her pursuit of being a lifelong educator.

Dr. Babalola will be among a group of four individuals honored by GAFP at the Annual Fall CME meeting in November.

 

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Awards Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP its 2019 Community & Volunteer Services Awards

 

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) selected Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP as its 2019 Community & Volunteer Services Award recipient, for her outstanding commitment to the community and efforts in raising awareness about access to and affordability of medical care in underserved communities in Atlanta.

Dr. Omole holds the Sarah & William Hambrecht Endowed Chair of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is the Professor of Family Medicine and the Medical Director of MSM H.E.A.L. (Health Equity for All Lives), a student-run clinic.

Dr. Omole exemplifies what it truly means to be a volunteer not only giving of her time, but her talents as well. At MSM, she’s a role model for students and residents and goes above and beyond to commit herself to the H.E.A.L. Clinic and the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta. She leads other community initiatives at Morehouse School of Medicine including community health fairs and community engagement days to screen for chronic diseases and provide education.

Dr. Omole is a graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program. She received a BSc in Physics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; and her medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-lfe, Nigeria; two of the foremost prestigious universities in Nigeria. In 2000, Dr. Omole was appointed Clerkship Director in the Department of Family Medicine at MSM; and Residency Program Director in September 2004. She practices the full scope of family medicine including obstetrics; and is also a licensed medical acupuncturist.

Dr. Omole has served in various roles with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) including Treasurer, District 11 Director for the GAFP Board and the GAFP Executive Committee. She was the recipient of the Georgia Academy Family Physician Educator of the Year Award in 2006 and the GAFP Family Physician of the Year in 2015. Dr. Omole will be among a group of four individuals honored by GAFP.

Dr. Omole will be among a group of four individuals honored by GAFP at the Annual Fall CME meeting in November.

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 www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org.

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 www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org or call us at 404-321-7445.

 

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Altelisha Taylor, MD, MPH appointed to the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD)

The American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors has appointed Altelisha Taylor, MD, MPH, to the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) for 2019-2020. Dr. Taylor’s term begins December 15, 2019.

Dr. Taylor is a PGY-1 resident at Emory University Family Medicine Residency Program in Atlanta, GA.

Congratulations Dr. Taylor!