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The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance exists to lead, support and give to create momentum in an area of need, fill a gap and make a difference in how healthcare and education are delivered. Here’s a sampling of the most recent investments the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance has made to improve the health of Georgia families:

Community Health Grant Awards – 2017

CommunityHealthGrantAwards Since launching our Community Health Grant program in 2012, GHFA has awarded more than $160,000 to Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) members and the nonprofit organizations to which they volunteer their time in communities throughout Georgia. All GAFP members are encouraged to dream big and submit your application to the Alliance Board of Trustees for the 2017 grant cycle.  More information to come.Here is a sampling of the most recent investments that GHFA has made to improve the health of Georgia families:
HeartsAndHands

Hearts and Hands: Access to Care

Thanks to the support of Georgia Healthy Family Alliance and volunteer GAFP members, the Hearts and Hands Clinic in Statesboro, GA was able to help “Patrice,” a 53-year-old woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer, gain access to lifesaving surgical care.   GHFA grants also enabled the clinic to purchase diabetic supplies, women’s examination supplies and emergency pharmaceuticals that are prescribed but not covered by Medbank. The clinic is the only provider of free healthcare services to the underinsured in Bulloch County. Funds also are being used for the implementation of an electronic medical records system to help improve patient health and safety.

 

RethinkYourDrink

Rethink Your Drink

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance volunteer physicians educated and encouraged at-risk patients at the Macon Volunteer Clinic to make healthier drink choices thus transforming their bodies and their health. The Rethink Your Drink project resulted in a drop in the clinic’s obesity rate from 75 percent to 58 percent in just one year. Teaching patients about how to read nutrition labels and recommending water over high-caloric beverages and juices, truly impacts their lives and the lives of their family members.

 

Tar Wars:  Be Tobacco Free

TarWars Last school year, more than 3,000 Georgia children participated in Tar Wars – a tobacco education and prevention program offered by the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance at no cost to Georgia schools.  The power behind the national educational program’s message is the enthusiasm of our volunteer family physicians, medical students and residents who dedicate a few hours to present the American Academy of Family Physicians’ national curriculum in their community. Program leaders are needed for 2018. Contact ksinkule@gafp.org or call (404) 321-7445 to learn how you can educate youth in your community about the consequences of tobacco use. Funding for the 2016-17 Tar Wars program is provided by the W.G. Raoul Foundation.