The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is seeking applications for its 2018 Community Health Grant Program which provides for grants totaling up to $5,000 each for projects addressing health care needs in communities throughout Georgia. Current Georgia Academy of Family Physicians members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply for third cycle grant funding before July 9, 2018. Third cycle grant awards will be announced in mid-August 2018.
For more information on eligibility or past recipients, contact Kara Sinkule at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 392-3841.
The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $198,000 in Community Health Grants To Support Good Works of GAFP Members Statewide
Since launching our Community Health Grant Award Program in 2012, GHFA has awarded $198,000 in grant awards to GAFP members throughout Georgia. Grant awards were made to GAFP member affiliated charitable organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine.
Community Health Grant Recipients were:
Brian DeLoach, MD/ The Hearts and Hands Clinic /Statesboro, GA – $4,800
Currently Hearts and Hands Clinic is the only provider of free healthcare services to the underinsured in Bulloch County. The project goal is to increase services to the underinsured adult population including purchase of diabetic supplies, women’s examination supplies and emergency pharmaceuticals that are prescribed but not covered by Medbank. Funds will also be used to begin implementation of electronic medical records in order to improve patient health and safety and provide greater administrative accuracy and efficiency.
Charles White, DO /Community Helping Hands Clinic / Cleveland, GA $5,000
The Community Helping Hands Clinic is the sole provider of free healthcare to uninsured, low-income adults in White County. At the present time, the clinic operates with three old donated desktop computers. This equipment has become slow and inefficient, frequently “crashing” and the scheduling software can only run on one of their computers. The $5,000 Community Health Grant will enable the clinic to install new modern computers and new appointment scheduling software on five networked computers and improve care for all current and future patients.
Ambar Kulshreshtha,MD/Emory Fam Medicine/ Simple Seven for a Healthy Heart, $5,000
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death and disability in Georgia, accounting for more than 30 percent of all deaths. The death rate from CVD in Georgia is higher than the national rate. Georgia is also part of the “stroke belt” with stroke mortality 17 percent higher than the rest of the United States. Despite this, more than 2.3 million (33 percent) adults in Georgia do not know the modifiable risk factors for CVD. With a $5,000 grant this project aims to assess the knowledge of CVD risk factors in an underserved community in the Greater Atlanta area specifically targeting minority groups such as African-Americans and Hispanics. In this identified community, they plan to increase awareness of CVD risk factors and goals and promote self-monitoring and seeking treatment for poorly controlled factors. The overarching goal of this project is to improve the cardiovascular health of an underserved area in Greater Atlanta.
Leonard Reeves, MD/ Sweethearts No More- Rome Free Clinic, $5,000
Sweethearts No More is aimed at the diabetic population of the Free Clinic of Rome. Diabetic patients are considered to be at the same risk as a patient who has already had their first heart attack. The Rome Free Clinic provides basic primary care to uninsured residents of Floyd, Chattooga, and Polk Counties who have no other access to health care (uninsured and family incomes of 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.) Of the approximately 550 unduplicated patients enrolled, approximately 75 percent are treated for hypertension and approximately 50% of those patients also have Type 2 Diabetes. The key to preventing heart disease in the diabetic population is the control of three aspects of their life; Blood pressure, Cholesterol and Blood sugar. With the $5,000 grant and education and monitoring elements of this project the clinic aims to impact the lives of these patients that otherwise would have no health care resources much less preventative care.
These are only a few of the great programs your colleagues are lending their talents and time to statewide. Please consider making a contribution so the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance can continue to support important projects like those listed above. Make your contribution online, email email@example.com or call (800) 392-3841.