The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA), the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP), recently awarded Decatur-based Physicians’ Care Clinic (PCC) a $5,000 Community Health Grant to support their Chronic Disease and Diabetes Management project which provides chronic disease management for uninsured women and men with Hypertension and Diabetes. Dr. Martha Crenshaw, a family physician from Stone Mountain, sponsored the Physicians Care Clinic project.
Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply for grants on behalf of GAFP member affiliated community organizations that support program priorities including underserved populations and community projects that promote healthy practices.
GHFA Deputy Director Kara Sinkule recently presented the $5,000 grant award to PCC Executive Director Sharon Gantt and PCC Office Coordinator Cindy Sanders.
Last year, PCC served approximately 1,241 uninsured patients in Dekalb County. Most PCC patients are from minority populations, including refugees and immigrants who have resettled in DeKalb County: 55% are Black/African American, 34% are Asian, 7% are Caucasian, and 4% are Hispanic. Of these patients, 100% of them live 200% below poverty level.
The overall goal of the Chronic Disease and Diabetes Management project is to provide patients with educational classes, clinical support, supplies, and exercise and nutrition information. These services assist patients in better managing their health by giving them access to educational support, one-on-one clinical visits, and home monitoring tools.
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 more than $510,000 in grants statewide. For more information visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org.