New ‘Top Docs’ addresses Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP), which is a “leading statewide adolescent health organization that is focused on improving the overall health well-being of adolescents.” It features GCAPP President and CEO Ronald McNeill and GCAPP Vice President of Programs and Training Shelley Francis, DrPH, discussing…

– GCAPP’s mission and key programs 
– GCAPP’s ‘Physical Activity and Nutrition Program’ for young kids
– How GCAPP uses technology to reach its target audiences
– How GCAPP has helped to reduce teen pregnancy in Georgia 
– GCAPP’s efforts to reduce sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea
– How GCAPP is addressing HIV in Georgia’s adolescent community
– How GCAPP interacts with physicians 
– Their advice for young people and their parents
– How GCAPP’s programs and services are expected to change and evolve 

GCAPP “reaches over 60,000 adolescents a year in the areas of teen pregnancy prevention, comprehensive sex ed, youth empowerment, parent engagement, and physical activity and nutrition.”

McNeill’s background includes advocacy, fundraising, government relations, association management, and public-private partnerships for youth development. Before joining GCAPP, he held senior-level executive positions at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America – which serves millions of children in urban neighborhoods, rural communities, public housing, schools, and youth centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.

Dr. Francis oversees the development of GCAPP’s programs, services and training. Under her leadership, GCAPP works with hundreds of professionals and community partners throughout the state, including public health agencies, schools, youth-focused organizations, and clinics. She has written extensively on global health, chronic disease and HIV prevention, health disparities, and maternal and child health. Dr. Francis formerly served as the director of the Family Planning Program for the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she managed a network of 200 clinics that served 120,000 patients a year.

Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ – which won an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award  and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Awards award in 2019 – has now reached more than 760,000 listeners and viewers, which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO. 

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, ‘Top Docs’ is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotifyStitcher, and iHeart Radio

Resources

GCAPP website 

GCAPP’s free ‘TMI-Georgia’ sexual health app for teens is available at http://www.tmi-ga.org or on Apple and Google Play.

The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at tkornegay@mag.org with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.