Medical Association of Atlanta wins MAG honor

The Medical Association of Atlanta (MAA) received the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) John B. Rabun Award during MAG’s 165th House of Delegates meeting in Stone Mountain on October 20. The award honors a county medical society for community activity that brings attention to the efforts of the medical profession.

MAA Executive Director David Waldrep says that, “In 2016, the Medical Association of Atlanta made a strategic decision to focus on the patient and provide education to the public on issues that affect the health of our community.”

Waldrep explains that this resulted in two key campaigns. The first was an integrated effort to educate the public about the dangers associated with distracted driving – including a town hall and social media campaign – and supporting legislation to make Georgia a “mobile device hands-free driving state,” keeping in mind the state passed such a bill (H.B. 673 by Rep. John Carson) in 2018.

Waldrep also notes that CBS46 in Atlanta is running a series of public service announcements that it developed in concert with MAA to “promote a hands-free culture and raise awareness surrounding the grave dangers associated with distracted driving.”

The second campaign was created to reduce opioid misuse in the state.

Waldrep concludes that, “MAA will continue to build the medical profession’s brand and reputation in our community with patient safety outreach efforts like these.”

Go to www.maa-assn.org for details on MAA.