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 www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org.