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Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. and Georgia's Lt. Governor Casey Cagle's Office Hosted the 2nd Annual School Based Health Center Summit on November 9, 2012
Date:12/6/2012

(PRWEB) December 06, 2012

Participants from all around Georgia and surrounding states flocked to Central Georgia Technical College in Macon on November 9, 2012 to learn more about School Based Health Centers. This event was hosted by Georgia’s Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Office and Georgia Partnership For Telehealth. It was sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Verizon, and Amerigroup. Two successful SBHC models were presented at this Summit: The Federally Qualified Health Center model and the Telemedicine Model.

The keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Veda Johnson, a pediatrician from Emory. Dr. Johnson outlined the data and statistics that support the implementation of SBHCs. With access healthcare, a student’s overall academic achievement improves.

Representatives from three Georgia FQHCs presented their strategies in opening SBHCs in early 2013. Those representing FQHCs were Shelley Spires and Clifton Bush, Albany Area Primary Health Care; Diana Allen, Primary Healthcare Centers; Karen Williams, West End Medical Centers.

Sherrie Williams, LCSW and GPT SBHC Liaison, discussed how telemedicine works with a SBHC. She discussed that community partnerships are important to the success of a SBHC. Les Evans, GPT Liaison, demonstrated the capabilities of the telemedicine equipment.

Lunch was sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. D.D. Fritch-Levens, Children’s Contact Center Director, explained Children’s impact in Georgia. She also discussed the high level of participation that Children’s has with SBHCs who utilize telemedicine. Dr. Felissa Goldstein, a psychiatrist at Marcus Autism Center, talked about her experience using telemedicine to reach families across the state. She acknowledged that without the use of telemedicine, ma
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