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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

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The Georgia Family Connection Partnership has been vital to the SBHC movement in Georgia. Lisa Kingry, Executive Director of Turner County Connection, explained why Family Connection is such a tremendous partner. She described the tight bond many Family Connection groups have with their local communities. She believes that this bond establishes a level of trust needed when embarking on a new initiative like a SBHC. June Cowart, Turner County SBHC Coordinator, also works very closely with the Turner County Connection. She explained her role as the SBHC Coordinator and the many responsibilities she fulfills in this role. SBHCs are typically much for efficient and successful when there is a single point of contact, such as a coordinator.

Dr. Brain Griner, MD, LLC has been involved with SBHCs since 2010. He utilizes telemedicine in his Valdosta office to provide primary care to children all throughout South Georgia. His partner, Dr. Richard Lewis, Ph.D., explained how telemedicine and SBHCs fit into the daily schedule of a very large and robust practice. Dr. Griner’s office is currently serving children and adults in 13 SBHCs.

Superintendents from Ware County and Turner County discussed the reasons for implementing SBHCs into their systems. Both Dr. Joseph Barrow, Ware County, and Ray Jordan, Turner County understands that children must be healthy to learn. Ware County implemented two SBHCS in 2011 and added eight more SBHCs in 2012. Mr. Jordan explained that Turner County began earlier this school term with one SBHC and intends on providing care to all of it’s students later this year. Both superintendents discussed specific cases where SBHCs had changed the outcome of some of their student’s success and achievement.

Since asthma tends to be one of the most chronic diseases for Georgia’s children, Doug Landman and Bonnie Joustra from Ideomed, Inc. presented a software application, Abr
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