Partnerships and Participation

Our Role in the Community

One of Kids Health First’s responsibility is to advance pediatric medicine, which we accomplish through interface with our pediatric healthcare partners. These efforts promote the importance of the medical home, but also ensure that medical care provided to the children of Atlanta and throughout Georgia remains a top priority for physicians, parents, lawmakers and other individuals invested in the future of our children.

Our role in the community is possible through the ongoing interface with organizations such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Pediatric Subspecialists, the Emory-Children’s Center, WellStar, The Children’s Health Network (TCHN), Sibley Heart Center Cardiology, the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Georgia Pediatric Care Network (GPCN).

Kids Health First has also joined the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition (PHIC), which is a statewide network of pediatric healthcare providers whose primary objective is to improve health outcomes for children and to ensure the future of pediatric specialty care in Georgia. Other members of this coalition include the five children’s hospitals throughout the state, the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other physician organizations. This effort and Kids Health First’s participation clearly defines our organization as a leading voice in the transformation of pediatric care in Georgia.

Physician Driven-Physician Led: Committee Participation

An important aspect of our quality improvement program is to seek input from our entire membership. To that end, we have multiple opportunities for our physician members to provide a voice of reason, wisdom, experience and innovation through our physician committees focused on quality.  The following is a list of those committees and its members.

Quality Utilization Management (QUM) Executive Committee

The QUM Executive Committee is responsible for providing leadership to the Kids Health First QUM team members. Primary focus: To provide oversight of all QUM programs and committees.

  1. Brad Weselman, M.D., F.A.A.P., Chair
  2. Jackie Gotlieb, M.D., F.A.A.P., Medical Director
  3. Sally Marcus, M.D., F.A.A.P., Medical Director

Community Quality Management Committee

Primary focus: To create a community of consensus of care by cultivating relationships in the pediatric provider community; To develop Clinical Practice and Referral Guidelines in collaboration with that community; And, to interface with the community on any quality improvement activities that includes a primary care arm.

  1. Vanna Jackson, M.D., F.A.A.P., Co-chair
  2. Tracy Ferguson, M.D., F.A.A.P., Co-chair
  3. Jennifer Burrell, M.D.
  4. Shea Fleming, M.D.
  5. David Roe, M.D.
  6. Dina Royal, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Medical Home Quality Management Committee

Primary focus: To create and implement quality improvement activities that focus on the Patient Centered Medical Home and primary care pediatrics. This may include patient satisfaction, risk management, standardization of clinical forms and primary care quality improvement initiatives.

  1. Monique Welsh-Evans, M.D., F.A.A.P., Co-chair
  2. LaShawnda Doster, M.D., Co-chair
  3. Linda Rickey, Practice Administrator, Chair
  4. Lori Desoutter, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  5. Noureen Husain, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  6. James Lin, M.D.
  7. Ojoru Osunkoya, M.D.
  8. Gerald Reisman, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  9. Dennis Selva, M.D.
  10. Dorothy Wiggins, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  11. Donna Scowden, Practice Administrator
  12. Dee Schultz, Practice Administrator

For more information about any of Kids Health First’s quality initiatives, certification programs or risk management recommendations, please call 770-333-0033 or contact