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Georgia Health Leader Honored at National Conference

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Bethesda, MD – The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has honored Dr. Michael Brooks, MBA, President and CEO of The Family Health Centers of Georgia, Inc. (FHCGA) in Atlanta, GA, with the Health Innovation Award. The award honors health center leaders who exemplify excellence in health care innovation. It was presented at the 45th annual NACHC Community Health Institute & EXPO (CHI) in San Diego, CA, a national conference attended by nearly 2,000 community health leaders from across the country.

In his role as President & CEO, Dr. Brooks led The Family Health Centers of Georgia in becoming the first community health center in Georgia, and the second in the Southeast, to earn the Joint Commission accreditation as a Primary Care Medical Home. In 2013, FHCGA earned Joint Commission Level 3 NCQA certification. Under Brooks’ leadership, the organization established the first school-based health center for Fulton County Schools. Most recently, FHCGA became the first community health center in the 30-year history of Title X to receive federal funding ($23.4 million) to administer statewide family planning services. The Family Health Centers of Georgia provides health care services to more than 22,000 patients annually and generates more than 50,000 patient visits.

Dr. Brooks received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Brooks also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University, in Atlanta, GA.

In presenting the award, NACHC Board Chair Gary Wiltz, MD, noted Dr. Brooks’ many accomplishments in expanding care to the medically underserved while overseeing the health center’s growth, financial sustainability and impressive array of services. “Dr. Brooks continues to lead the organization in increasing access to affordable healthcare and in achieving positive health outcomes,” said Dr. Wiltz.

America’s health centers are local, non-profit, community-directed and federally supported organizations that provide quality health care to over 22 million people in more than 9,000 locations. One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, health centers have been in existence for nearly 50 years and have compiled a significant record of success by reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities. Health centers also generate $24 billion in annual health system savings by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ER.

To find out more about the mission and accomplishments of health centers please visit www.nachc.org. You can also follow the NACHC CHI on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nachc. Look for the conference #NACHCchi14 hashtag.

Investing in metro Atlanta’s uninsured

Monday, June 9th, 2014

One of every four Georgia residents of working age lacks health insurance. Sadly, the number of young Georgians without insurance is rising dramatically in some of metro Atlanta’s largest communities.

The story echoes throughout our heartland. Federal data shows that nationwide health care spending has grown at its slowest rate in 50 years, a sobering signal that people are skipping care during the recession. And nationwide, nearly 16 percent of Americans are uninsured – a trend disturbingly confirmed throughout Georgia.

Good health should be part of everyone’s daily life- not an unreachable luxury. Local businesses like GE can provide the help needed to reach the top of that challenging hill. We can make people better now, even as longterm cures for our ailing system endure arduous debate.

This week, the GE Foundation- GE’s philanthropic organization- named West End Medical Centers and Southside Medical Center beneficiaries of its Developing Health program. Each of these metro Atlanta nonprofit community health centers will receive $500,000 grants and volunteer support from local GE employees. This public-private partnership will help deliver urgent services to those who need them most.

“As unemployment has increased, so has the need for affordable health care options for the uninsured,” said Dr. Michael W. Brooks, president and CEO of West End Medical Centers, where services save taxpayers millions of dollars by deterring people from using emergency rooms as primary care. West End patient demand has increased during the past three years, driven by population growth, economic decline and the uninsured.

“Our partnership with the GE Foundation will help more people access comprehensive primary health care, health education and affordable dental care,” Brooks said.

There’s a similar challenge at Southside Medical Center, Georgia’s largest community health center, handling more than 130,000 patient-visits annually, many of whom are near the poverty line and without medical insurance.

“Access to primary care means both affordability and accessibility that can mean helping patients get to a center,” said Dr. David M. Williams, Southside CEO. “The best health care in the world is wasted if people can’t get to us.”

Though GE is a global corporation, we have more than 5,000 proud, Georgia-based employees who are leading healthier lives and sharing their talents and time so that others in our communities can maintain their health.

Good health in any measure benefits whole communities. Good health is a mind-set and a lifestyle. Good health is a cause that will propel neighbors and work forces, inspire volunteers and commitments and protect children and their elders.

This is our experience in other places where Developing Health works, including nonprofit community health centers in Cincinnati, Houston, Milwaukee and New York- a total contribution of $50 million by the GE Foundation, double our initial commitment.

Our Georgia employees will provide brains, muscle and compassion to West End and Southside. Their skills – whether in data analysis, human resources or information technology- will help these centers reach more people.

I encourage businesses of all sizes to join our partnership or form their own alliances. Atlanta ranks No. 5 in the nation for uninsured residents, but with imagination, commitment and vision, our corporate community can change that ranking so that our community is No. 1 in touching more lives and improving quality of care.

John G. Rice is vice chairman of GE and president and CEO of GE Technology Infrastructure, based in Atlanta.

Commitment to Quality Healthcare Access Prompts GE to Expand National Initiative in Atlanta

Monday, June 9th, 2014

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE}–In Georgia, home of the GE Energy business and 5,400 GE employees, nearly one in four individuals of working age are without health insurance, making access to quality healthcare an urgent issue in the state. To help improve healthcare access to underserved communities the GE Foundation- the philanthropic organization of GE- has selected two non-profit community health centers in metro Atlanta to receive a total of $1 million in grants through the GE Developing HealthTM program.
“Building on the success of the Developing Health program over the past year, we are thrilled that the GE Foundation is doubling the funding to help provide access to quality healthcare nationwide.”

The two centers, West End Medical Centers, Inc. and Southside Medical Center, Inc., will each receive $500,000 in grants over two years as well as the support of a GE employee volunteer partnership, which will provide skill-based volunteer support to the centers.

“Atlanta is ranked fifth in the nation for its number of uninsured residents – this alone is certainly cause for concern,” explained John Rice, vice chairman, GE. “Taking into account that about 1.67 million Atlantans are without health insurance, the importance of community health centers such as West End and Southside Medical are critical to many Atlanta residents. These facilities provide essential services and we are proud to partner with them to meet the growing demand and touch so many in the community.”

Developing Health Nationwide: GE Doubles Commitment to Expand Access to Primary Care

Recognizing the positive impact these grants have on local medical centers and patients, the GE Foundation also announced today that it will double its investment in the Developing Health program from $25 million to $50 million. This increase will expand the program to enable access to primary care for underserved Americans across the nation.

“GE is acutely aware of the healthcare needs in underserved communities in Atlanta and across the U.S. as a whole,” said Rice. “Building on the success of the Developing Health program over the past year, we are thrilled that the GE Foundation is doubling the funding to help provide access to quality healthcare nationwide.”

Developing Health is a 3-year program that aims to improve access to primary care in targeted underserved communities across the United States. The program is modeled after GE’s successful philanthropic program Developing Health Globally™ and is a partnership between GE’s Corporate Citizenship and Diversity Council organizations.

“The response to Developing Health this past year has been overwhelming,” said Bob Corcoran, president and chairman of the GE Foundation. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to double the program, enabling us to engage even more employees and reach more of the population in critical need of quality access to healthcare in the United States.”

Including Atlanta, Developing Health has partnered with 37 non-profit community health centers in eight cities, including:
• New York City- In October 2009, awarded $1 million in grants to four health centers
• Milwaukee -In March 2010, awarded $1 million in grants to four local health centers, enabling the centers to expand basic, preventative care to thousands
• Houston -In April 2010, awarded $1.25 million in grants across five partner community health centers, the second largest grant to date under the program
• Louisville – In August 2010, awarded $1 million to five health centers
• Cincinnati- In June 2010, awarded $750,000 in grants across three partner community health centers
• New Orleans – In August, awarded $2 million to Louisiana Public Health Institute to expand access to preventive, primary care, and primary mental health services for adolescents in the area
• Baltimore – In September 2010, awarded $500,000 to two health centers

“Our goal of bringing better health and improved care to more people- GE’s healthymagination strategy- has been brought to life through the Developing Health program and the volunteers supporting it,” said Mike Barber, vice president GE healthymagination. “By partnering with these clinics to improve access to healthcare and individual health, we are working directly with the clinics and community towards healthier, more vital local communities.”

GE Volunteers Partner with Community Clinics to Share Best Practices
GE volunteer teams are a critical component of the Developing Health program. Through the program, GE employees work with the health centers to address specific needs, ranging from marketing communications to process improvements, and offer their business skills and experience to drive improvements that benefit patients and workflows.

Developing Health enables health centers to work directly with GE’s Affinity Networks and employee groups, which include: the Asian Pacific American Forum, Women’s Network, Hispanic Forum, African American Forum, Veteran’s Network and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance.

The Affinity Networks and employee groups partner with non-profit health centers and offer volunteer support and business best practice sharing in order to help the clinics with their mission to reach underserved populations and enable access to primary care.

“Through our work with the GE Affinity Networks, we have seen first-hand that access to quality healthcare is an issue that affects all cultures and backgrounds,” said Deborah Elam, vice president and chief diversity officer, GE. “We are proud to use our collaborative resources to champion the Developing Health program to provide access to primary healthcare and other vital personal development opportunities to the underserved populations in Atlanta and across the United States.”

For more information on the Developing Health program in North America visit: http://www.ge.com/foundation/developing_health.jsp.

For more information on the Developing Health Globally™ program, visit: http://www.ge.com/citizenship/programs-activities/philanthropy/developin …

About the GE Foundation
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company, works to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. In coordination with its partners, it supports U.S. and international education, developing health globally, the environment, public policy, human rights and disaster relief. In addition, the GE Foundation supports GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE communities around the world. In 2009, the entire GE family- including businesses, employees, retirees and GE Foundation- contributed more than an estimated $220 million to community and educational programs, including more than $100 million from GE Foundation. For more information, visit www.gefoundation.com.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world’s toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.ge.com. Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency around the world. Healthymagination is a $6 billion commitment that was launched in May 2009.

Developing Health™: Atlanta

Monday, June 9th, 2014

“Developing Health” is a new, three-year $50 million program providing grant funding and GE employee volunteer support to non-profit health centers across the United States. Recognizing the urgent issues related to cost. quality and access to health care for underserved populations in the United States, GE Foundation launched the “Developing Health” program which aims to increase access to primary care for underserved populations in targeted communities. In September 2010, the GE Foundation awarded $1 million in grants across two partner community health centers Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta Sites (received $1 million)
West End Medical Centers provides comprehensive preventive health care to the medically underserved. West End treats 23,000+ patients per year, generating more than 52,000 patient visits annually. By providing affordable medical services, including adult medicine, pediatric, dental and 08/GYN, West End saves the community millions of dollars through emergency room diversion, early disease detection and treatment. and effective disease management. In 2009, West End served 23,043 patients, generating a total of 52,456 patient visits. They served 3,937 patients through their public housing primary care program, and provided care to 1,920 patients who were best served in a language other than English. A total of 7,001 patients were uninsured, and a total of 10,557 patients reported an income level at 100% and below the federal poverty level.

Volunteer Support
Created by GE Foundation and the GE Corporate Diversity Council. Developing Health will be led by GE’s Affinity Networks and employee groups. which include the Asian Pacific American Forum. Women’s Network. Hispanic Forum. African American Forum. the Veteran’s Network and the Gay, Lesbian. Bisexual. Transgender Al liance. The Affinity Networks will partner with the selected non-profit health centers and offer volunteer support and business best practice sharing. in order to help clinics reach underserved populations and enable access to primary care. For more information on Developing Health. visit: http:/ /www.qe.com/foundation/developinq health.jsp

About The GE Foundation
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company. works to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. In coordination with its partners. it supports U.S. and international education. developing health globally, the environment. public policy. human rights and disaster relief. In addition. the GE Foundation supports GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE communities around the world. In 2009. the entire GE family- including businesses. employees. retirees and GE Foundation -contributed more than an estimated $220 million to community and educational programs. including more than $100 million from GE Foundation. For more information. visit www.gefoundation.com.

Diet Coke and The Heart Truth Capture The Flag For Heart Health

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Female athletes from Clark Atlanta University represented West End Medical Center and DeKalb Medical in the Diet Coke and The Heart Truth sponsored “Capture The Flag” tournament on Feb. 22 at Clark Atlanta University in association with American Heart Month. The teams played for a grand prize of $10,000, which the winning medical center, West End Medical Center, received toward its campaign for cardiovascular health. while DeKalb Medical received $5,000. The $15,000 was donated by Coca-Cola, Co. in response to the company’s four-year partnership with The Heart Truth. “Heart disease is the number one cause of death amongst women,” said Dr. Michael Brooks, CEO of West End Medical Centers, in response to the rise in awareness for the disease. Women make up half of those affected by heart disease and awareness was low as it is traditionally considered a man’s disease. “Diet Coke and The Heart Truth have been partnered for this cause for four years as a way to promote heart health 1reness,” said Government Relations Director Charlie Sutlive. “With this partnership, we want to raise awareness, promote an active lifestyle and improve the lives of our consumers.”

In addition to Diet Coke will be rolling out six billion packages carrying The Heart Truth logo to raise awareness. Although many could not make it to the game, the awareness should be continual. “Seek out healthcare, learn family history, take part in regular exercise, and really learn how to read labels on food,” advised Brooks on taking preventative measures to cut risk of heart disease. The tournament sent out two important messages to the community. “The game was a message of becoming active, and really having fun while doing it,” said Sutlive of the childhood game centered on the regional campaign. “Also, we want the next generation to become aware of taking care of their health and living a healthy lifestyle.” For information on heart health awareness, visit www.dietcoke.com/hearttruth.

Diet Coke and Heart Health Supporters ‘Flag’ Heart Disease for Women and Their Families

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Diet Coke kicked it old school and hosted a “Capture The Flag” tournament to raise awareness and funds for the West End Medical Centers and DeKalb Medical Cardiac Rehab

On February 22, Diet Coke kicked it old school and hosted a “Capture The Flag” tournament to raise awareness and funds for the West End Medical Centers and DeKalb Medical Cardiac Rehab. Female student athletes from Clark Atlanta University (CAU) played a “Capture the Flag” tournament at the CAU Vivian Henderson Gymnasium, with each team representing one of the organizations. At the end of the tournament, the West End Medical Centerd received a $10,000 check, with the DeKalb Medical Cardiac Rehab receiving a $s,ooo donation. The Heart Truth®, a national awareness campaign sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is embraced by millions of people who share the goal of better heart health for all women. For the fourth year in a row, Diet Coke is supporting the campaign and using its cans and bottles, advertising and digital assets to reach people to raise awareness and funding for heart health programs across the country. “We all know a woman who may be at risk for cardiovascular disease-mother, wife, sister, friend-that’s why we joined Diet Coke in its continuing commitment to The Heart Truth® campaign. We know how important it is to educate people about the importance of heart health,” said Dr. Michael Brooks, President West End Medical Centers, a 501c3, federally qualified community health center. “In addition, the tournament was a fun way for the student players and the fans to get our hearts pumping while we helped raise funds for local heart health programs.”

“At the Coca-Cola Company, our operating philosophy is to Live Positively, and The Heart Truth® campaign very much embodies that idea. We are dedicated to encouraging new generations of people to be active, stay extraordinary and become advocates for heart health,” said Coca-Cola spokesperson Linda Brigham.

Those who couldn’t make it to the game can play “Capture the Flag” online throughout the month of February, American Heart Month. Simply visit DietCoke.com/HeartTruth and capture a flag. Each flag captured triggers a donation. This initiative is part of the continuing commitment of Diet Coke to women’s heart health. For the second year in a row, Diet Coke cans and bottles will have a new look throughout the month of February. The limited-edition packaging will include a stick figure carrying a heart flag, communicating how Diet Coke is supporting The Heart [email protected] In addition to the limited-edition cans and bottles, more than six billion packages of Diet Coke will carry The Heart Truth® logo to raise awareness of women’s heart health year-round.

The Heart Truth® campaign has made great strides in raising awareness, but heart disease is still the number one killer among women. More people are becoming aware, but it remains a fact that more women die of heart disease than all cancers combined. There is still more work to do, so together, Diet Coke and The Heart Truth® campaign hope to continue generating awareness and motivating women to take action for heart health. To participate, visit DietCoke.com/HeartTruth to capture a flag and generate a donation for heart health programs funded by NHLBI’s Hea1t Truth®. The more involved people are in the campaign, the more funds will be raised.

About The Coca-Cola Company:
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with [email protected], recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke®, [email protected], [email protected], Coca-Cola [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], Minute Maid®, Simply® and [email protected] Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.

About The Heart Truth Campaign:
The Heart Truth® is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Through the campaign, NHLBI leads the nation in a landmark heart health awareness movement that is being embraced by millions who share the common goal of better hea1t health for all women. The centerpiece of The Heart Truth® is the Red Dress, which was introduced as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 by NHLBI. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action. For more information, visit www.hearttruth.gov.

Toyota Donates Tundra Pickup to Haul Critical Medical Supplies for The Family Health Centers of Georgia

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Pickup trucks in Georgia usually haul firewood, red-clay dirt and the occasional football fan. However, a new Toyota Tundra pickup will deliver critical medical supplies bound for underserved residents in Fulton and Cobb Counties.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A., Inc., and its local dealer, AutoNation Toyota Thornton Road, presented a 2014 Tundra pickup to The Family Health Centers of Georgia (FHCGA) today. The truck will transport time-sensitive pharmaceuticals and critical medical equipment and supplies. The donation is a part of a partnership that also included a $25,000 contribution to the Center’s youth wellness program.

The Family Health Centers of Georgia (formerly West End Medical Centers) provides affordable and accessible quality healthcare services to at-risk residents in Fulton and Cobb counties. AutoNation Toyota donated the 2014 Tundra SR5, with an estimated MSRP starting at $29,745, to FHCGA to help transport much-needed supplies to its facilities and patients among the seven centers it serves. The Tundra also will support the organization’s mobile medical and dental unit. Until now, FHGCA would utilize personal staff vehicles, which sometimes meant making multiple trips or slower delivery.

‘The work at Family Health Centers is critically important and invaluable to the patients served by its locations,” said J.L. Armstrong, national manager, External Affairs, Toyota Motor Sales. “Without FHCGA, many residents would be denied access to quality affordable healthcare. We are proud to partner with FHCGA and support their efforts to help improve the lives of the people who live in the communities we serve.”

“We are pleased to take part in making our community and its residents healthier and stronger,” said Mike Williams, general manager of AutoNation Toyota Thornton Road. “With this new Toyota Tundra, FHCGA can more efficiently deliver services and supplies to support its many center locations.”

FHCGA serves approximately 250 patients a day and more than 22,000 people annually. Established 37 years ago, it is the first community health center in Georgia and the second in the Southeast to be accredited by The Joint Commission as a Primary Care Medical Home. The community health center provides comprehensive healthcare services, including adult medicine, pediatrics, 08/GYN, dental and behavioral health. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) designated FHCGA as a surge site, certified to handle the walking-wounded in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.

Toyota recently supported FHCGA and its youth wellness program to help address youth weight reduction. The automaker contributed $25,000 for FHCGA to recruit new patients for the program, coordinate exercise programs, and provide educational classes and nutritional counseling. A total of 137 enrollees were involved in the program. “Toyota has once again demonstrated their concern for the health and well-being of the residents in metro Atlanta,” said Dr. Michael Brooks, president and chief executive officer of The Family Health Centers of Georgia. “Their generous donations will help us to improve health outcomes in under-served communities.”

School Based Health Center (SBHC) Initiatives

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Lake Forest Elementary in Sandy springs, GA opened the doors to their clinic in May.

The Urban Health Program (UHP) advocates for the improvement of school-based health services. Our activities have included support of state legislation that increases the number of school nurses throughout Georgia schools (see above), as well as the development of Comprehensive School Based Health Centers (SBHCs). SBHCs are primary care centers that blend medical care with preventive and psychosocial services. The goals of SBHCs are to increase access and improve health and academic outcomes for underserved students. UHP has spear-headed the development and expansion of SBHCs throughout the state of Georgia. UHP provides 12-month planning grants to communities for the purpose of establishing SBHCs. Grantees are charged with forming a community-wide advisory council, conducting needs assessments, developing a business plan, galvanizing their community to support the SBHC, identifying targeted schools, and researching and applying for SBHC funding. In 2013, the UHP received funding from the Georgia Healthcare Foundation to develop three elementary SBHCs. Programs selected for these start-up funds were located in Catoosa, Fulton, and Dougherty counties, all of which had successfully completed the 12-month planning process. All three sites are fully operational and have received overwhelming support from their school boards, school administrators and staff, parents, and broader communities.

Hallways to Health

Hallways to Health is an initiative sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance and Kaiser Permanente. Georgia, through the UHP, was selected along with 3 other sites (Washington/Oregon, California and Maryland) to implement the project. The goal of this two-year project is to help SBHCs facilitate improvements in health and behavior among students, their families, and school staff. School personnel collaborate to define specific target goals in the areas of obesity prevention and treatment, behavioral health, and school employee wellness. To combat obesity, schools might choose from a variety of strategies, from shaping cafeteria food choices to increasing school-wide fitness activities. To address behavioral health issues, a recommended strategy is to develop a process to screen for behavioral health problems and a plan for increasing access to community treatment resources. Three SBHCs in Georgia were selected to participate in the project. They include Whitefoord (Atlanta), Turner (Albany) and Lake Forest (Sandy Springs) Elementary SBHCs.

Office Champions Tobacco Cessation Federally Qualified Health Centers Project

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I am proud to announce that at West End Medical Center, 1133 patients are enrolled in the Tobacco Cessation Program and 307 are currently down to less than 5 cigarettes a day..226 no longer smoke and the remainder are currently on medication to stop.

Please keep the grant available for inner city Community Health Centers.
– 2013 Office Champion Participant

Project Goals

The objective of this project was to recruit and train Office Champions in 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to provide a leadership role in implementing systems changes and encourage a tobacco-free culture in their clinics. The goals of the project are to:

1) Increase the number of patients asked about their tobacco status
2) Offer those who use tobacco assistance in quitting
3) Meet or exceed the results of the 2012 Office Champions National Dissemination Project.

Overview of the Project

The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 update, calls on clinicians to change the clinical culture and practice patterns in their offices to ensure that every patient who uses tobacco is identified, advised to quit, and offered evidence-based treatments.

Federally Qualified Health Centers are non-profit private or public entities that serve medically underserved populations and/or areas. FQHCs may also serve special underserved populations such as migrant and seasonal farmers as well as the homeless. FQHCs are in a unique position to address the high prevalence of tobacco use associated within their populations. Studies indicate that more than 40% of FQHCs patients use tobacco, according to the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association and MS State Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control FQHC Tobacco Project.

“FQHC patients are more likely to be uninsured and live below the poverty level, and they have tobacco use rates much higher than the national average,” said Richard Feldman, M.D., chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Tobacco Cessation Advisory Committee. “This project will profoundly affect populations in critical need of health intervention. The changes made during this project will impact patients for a lifetime.”

To facilitate change in FQHCs, the AAFP expanded the successful Office Champions Tobacco Cessation National Dissemination Project to include FQHCs and to train Office Champions on how to implement systems changes to better integrate tobacco cessation activities into the daily office routines. The quality improvement project is based on the framework of AAFP’s successful Ask and Act program. Ask and Act encourages family physicians to ASK their patients about tobacco use, then ACT to help them quit. Through the Ask and Act program, AAFP members have access to a variety of resources to help patients quit using tobacco.

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Size of Selected FQHCs

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Large: 7+ Physicians 64%
Medium: 4-6 Physicians 18%
Small: 2-3 Physicians 14%
Solo: 1 Physician 4%

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Setting of Selected FQHCs

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Urban 59%
Rural 23%
Suburban 18%

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Healthcare Initiatives in Fulton County

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Focus Atlanta – Healthcare Initiatives in Fulton County featuring Dr. Theresa Jacobs