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About the Georgia Council on Lupus Education and Awareness

The Georgia Council on Lupus Education and Awareness in Atlanta, Georgia (GCLEA) was established by the Georgia General Assembly and Governor Nathan Deal in 2014.

Our mission is to improve the lives of Georgia residents who live with lupus by raising public education and awareness, improving access to resources for patients and family members, obtaining information that will inform current and future public health efforts, and increasing appropriate diagnosis of lupus by non-rheumatologists.

The GCLEA aspires to:

  • Develop resources and programs that will improve the level of education and awareness concerning lupus for healthcare providers and the general public
  • Develop resources and programs for communities that lack access to specialized lupus healthcare providers based on the incidence and prevalence of lupus in the state of Georgia
  • Develop programs that encourage professional development and specialization in the diagnosis of lupus and the care, management, and treatment of people with lupus

Council Members

J. Christopher Reed, J.D.


Representative Kim Schofield

Georgia State Representative

District 60


S. Sam Lim, MD, MPH

Chief of Rheumatology

Grady Health Systems

Cathy Craven, RN

Georgia Department of Community Health

Jonetta Johnson Mpofu, PhD


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Teri Emond

Program Director and COO

Lupus Foundation of America, GA Chapter

 Georgia State Senator

District 43

 Georgia State Representative


Georgia Council on Lupus Education and Awareness

49 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Suite B1528

Atlanta, Georgia 30303


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