Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Tar Wars

TarWars® is a tobacco-free education program for fourth and fifth-grade students designed to teach kids about the short-term adverse health effects of tobacco use, the cost associated with using tobacco products, and the advertising techniques used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth.

We run this program in association with the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance. Residents go in groups and speak to fourth and fifth graders; it is quite interactive and has been described as a ‘blast’ by all. Attendance is a program requirement for all Emory Family Medicine residents.

Tar Wars® usually occurs over several days annually. Morningside Elementary School in Atlanta has hosted the last few years, although any interested elementary school could be a host. The current chief residents typically coordinate with potential participating schools and residents.

Tar Wars

Atlanta Track Club Races including the AJC Peachtree Road Race

The Atlanta Track Club is a member-based organization that delivers world-class events, training programs, and community outreach activities to the metro Atlanta area. The club is committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, they aim to motivate, inspire, and engage the community to enjoy healthier lifestyles. It puts on over thirty events each year throughout the Atlanta area, including the AJC Peachtree Road Race, Publix Georgia Marathon, and Half Marathon, PNC Atlanta 10-Miler and the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon.  

During each race, the club has a need for a volunteer attending physician to be Lead Physician as well as other physicians, nurses, medical transport volunteers, and emergency medical technicians.

Peachtree Road Race

Sisters by Choice

Sisters by Choice was founded in 1989 by Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed, an Emory-affiliated, Atlanta-based breast surgeon. They provide 1000 free mammograms and breast examinations in a mobile clinic to underserved, uninsured, unemployed, and homeless women each year as well as educational seminars, workshops, and health fairs promoting breast cancer awareness. They welcome volunteer medical staff at their annual fundraiser 5K Pink Ribbon Walk.

Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless

Currently known as HOSEA HELPS, this organization was founded in GA in 1972 by Hosea Williams and has assisted over a million people in need. There are usually four events per year. During each event, about ten thousand homeless individuals and poor working families enjoy a hot meal, haircuts for the men, hair care for the women, and medical care.

Hosea Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving & Hosea Feed the Hungry Christmas Day

Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd, Atlanta, GA  

Hosea Feed the Hungry Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Georgia World Congress Center (or at a local mega-church)
Hosea Feed the Hungry Easter Sunday
Hosea Headquarters
1035 Donnelly Ave, SW, Atlanta, GA

Hunger Walk / Run Atlanta

18.7% of people living in the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s (ACFB) service area in greater Atlanta and north Georgia are food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where they will find their next meal. The Hunger Walk/Run Annual 5K walk and “fun run” began in 1984 and is a yearly event that aims to unite the community to raise awareness and critical funds for local hunger relief. Proceeds from the event benefit the ACFB and other local non-profit organizations that support food pantries, community kitchens, shelters, and other programs for people in need of food assistance. As of 2017, in its 33rd year, the event had raised over $8 million, enough to provide 32 million meals.

The event usually takes place in late February/early March. Medical volunteers partake in provision of basic medical care for the participants in the race.