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 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.