Archive for June, 2019

The Georgia Academy Awarded AAFP Chapter Health Equity Planning Grant

The Georgia Academy Awarded AAFP Chapter Health Equity Planning Grant

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) was selected to receive a $5,000 grant to participate in the AAFP Chapter Health Equity Planning Grants Program. The intent of the Program is to promote collaboration between the AAFP and AAFP chapters in establishing chapter health equity plans. A health equity plan is a set of goals and tactics that describe how the chapter will work to advance health equity. Health equity refers to the elimination of differences in health that are closely linked with social or economic disadvantage among population groups based on race/ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, sexual orientation, or geographic location.

For more information about the AAFP Chapter Health Equity Planning Grants Program please contact Kevin Kovach at (913) 906-6143 or

Register Now for the June Webinar – Models of Transition of Care: Autism


DPH Webinar

“Models of Transition of Care: Autism”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Click Here to Register link 

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, in cooperation with the Department of Public Health invites you to participate in an interactive live webinar on Transition of Care: Autism.

The webinar will focus on providing guidance on how to plan and execute better health care transitions for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and will cover the following objectives:

  • Define transition and transition quality indicators for individuals with ASD
  • Review lifespan approach and barriers to access to care
  • Become familiar with transition resources and innovative practices
  • Reflect on the role of clinicians to support and empower families of children with autism


Cheryl A. Rhodes, MS, LMFT, LPC

Director, Care Coordination

CME Information:

AMA Credit: The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The GAFP designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Can’t Listen Live?  Register anyway – and we’ll send you the recording notice once it’s posted on our website.

Georgia Academy Leaders attend the 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit

From L to R Recent graduate from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) Family Medicine Residency program, Christina Anyikwa, MD, Past President, Bruce LeClair, MD, with GAFP President, Donald Fordham, MD, AAFP Board of Directors, Leonard Reeves, MD


May 20, 2019

The Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) is held every spring in Washington, DC. During the two-day event, participants learn about the legislative process, current priorities for family medicine, practice advocacy skills, and meet with members of Washington’s Congressional delegation.

Nearly 300 family physicians visited Capitol Hill to advocate for family medicine for #FMAS19. You can help the fight for family medicine by flooding your legislators’ inbox and speaking out for Teaching Health Centers.

Qualified teaching health centers support the expansion of primary care medical residency training in community-based ambulatory settings. These community-based settings include, but are not limited to

  • federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and FQHC Look-Alikes,
  • community mental health centers, and
  • rural health clinics and health centers operated by the Indian Health Service or an Indian tribe or tribal organization

Show your solidarity and Support Training for the Next Generation of Family Physicians!

Urge policy makers to reauthorize and fully fund the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) have introduced similar versions of the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019 (S. 1191/ HR 2815). Both bills reauthorize the THCGME program for five years and support the creation of new programs with a priority for those in rural and underserved communities. The bills would also increase funding from $126.5 million per year (current law) to $141.5 million/year (S.1191) or $151 million/year (HR 2815).

The THCGME program is vital to addressing the shortage of primary care physicians and the geographic maldistribution of physicians.

  • Sens. Tester (D-MT), Moore Capito (R-WV), Jones (D-AL), Boozman (R-AR), Manchin (D-WV), Harris (D-CA), and Daines (R-MT) are original cosponsors to the Senate bill.
  • Reps. McMorris Rogers (R-WA), Torres Small (D-NM), and Roe (R-TN) are original cosponsors for the House bill.

Tell Congress to support the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act to update the THCGME program immediately.

Georgia Academy Leader Invited to Participate in Congresswoman McBath Health Roundtable

From L to R Past GAFP President, Mitzi Rubin, MD and U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-Marietta)

Past GAFP President, Mitzi Rubin, MD of Atlanta was the only physician represented at a recent health care roundtable held by U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-Marietta) to discuss issues facing clinicians, patients, and advocates in the Sixth District.

Healthcare is a top legislative priority for McBath, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor. McBath is a co-founder of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, which aims to address the health disparities for mothers of color, and a vice-chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She sits on the House Education and Labor and House Judiciary Committees.

Dr. Rubin was able to discuss key areas of federal legislation for the AAFP and GAFP including:

  • Urge Representative McBath to support appropriations for $50 million in FY 2020 for firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research
  • Ask Representative McBath to co-sponsor the HB 2774, the Primary Care Patient Protection Act
  • The bill modifies the Health Savings Account law to include up to two primary care visits in any high deductible health plan with no cost sharing
  • Encourage Representative McBath to join the Congressional Primary Care Caucus