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Community Service

Goals: Assist in the implementation and publicity of the SNMA's community service protocols and community outreach efforts. Oversee accurate tracking and documentation of protocols and other projects. Work with and supervise the efforts of individual protocol/initiative coordinators.

Committee Leadership

Jennifer McLeod

Jennifer McLeod
Community Service Co-Chair

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Ciera Sears

Ciera Sears
Community Service Co-Chair

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Announcements & Resources

SNMA Community Service Grant: The SNMA Community Service Grant program provides financial assistance to SNMA local chapters for service efforts. These efforts comply with the mission of the SNMA and are ideally related to national protocols. SNMA cannot fund speaker honoraria, food or travel. Chapters receiving grants will be required to submit a completed evaluation form and document the project within the Chapter Report Form upon completion. Failure to complete either form may jeopardize a chapter's ability to receive funds in the future. Projects may be chosen for presentation at the Annual National Medical Education Conference. The application for the 2014 Fall Grant Application can be fouund here. Deadline for the Fall Grant is December 1st.

It's November which means it is time to participate in Smoking Prevention and Cessation!

• Educate youths & adults about the deadly effects of smoking to keep kids tobacco-free and help current smokers overcome the addiction.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths annually. About 44 million adults in the U.S. smoke with about 1000 young people joining the ranks every day. When asked in 2009, 19.5% of high school students and 5.2% of middle school students smoked one or more cigarettes in the previous month. In recent years, an increasing number of US high school students in some subgroups have reported using smokeless tobacco products in recent years.

Youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those who live in homes with low socioeconomic status, those with low self-image, self-esteem, academic achievement, and/or lack of parental involvement, are at greater risk of using tobacco when compared to the general population of American youth. Smoking is the single worst deterrent to health – its effects impact nearly every organ in the body and it causes cancer, heart disease and lung disease, most frequently. With these factors in mind, it is clear that smoking prevention is critical to the mission and goals of the SNMA.


• Co-host a Tar Wars program with your school's Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) or a local American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) chapter at a local elementary school. Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for 4th & 5th graders created by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Contact your school's FMIG chapter president and/or local AAFP chapter and collaborate in their Tar Wars efforts. The National Community Service Committee has collaborated with the SNMA Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Committee to encourage chapters to participate in this initiative. Contact us for more information or visit www.tarwars.org

• Host a Great American Smokeout (GAS) event at your institution, at a local school or in the local community. GAS is held on the 3rd Thursday of each November. Encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit. Set up a table at a local community center, library, grocery store, etc and hand out information about the consequences of smoking and how to quit. More information can be found on www.cancer.org/smokeout.

• Host a screening of anti-smoking videos at local junior high & high schools. Videos can be ordered, free of charge, from the CDC by using the Publications Catalog at cdc.gov/publications, "Smoking & Tobacco Use. Search for the titles below.
o I Can't Breathe: Designed for 11-14 year olds. A 20 minute video accompanied by a moderator's guide that tells the story of Pam Laffin, a 31 year old mother of two who died of emphysema. She tells the story of why she started smoking & what it was like to learn she had a disease for which there is no cure.
o Smoke Screeners: Designed for 11-14 year olds. A video accompanied by a moderator's guide that invites young people to become critical movie & TV viewers.
o Scene Smoking: Designed for high school & college students. An hour long video accompanied by a teacher's guide that brings together some of Hollywood's most powerful voices in a discussion about smoking, cinema and the myth of cool.

• Host a "Create an anti-tobacco PSA" contest for local high school students. Recruit local teachers & doctors to vote for the best public service announcement. Solicit prizes from local businesses & companies.

*See the Protocol Handbook for some great event ideas!

The 50th Anniversary SNMA Day of Service

Diversifying Medicine: 50 years of Service

October 2014

The October 2014 Day of Service celebrations were a success!

Thank you to all the SNMA and MAPS chapters who helped celebrate SNMAs 50th anniversary and historic commitment to service! Chapters across the nation participated in community service projects ranging from walking for heart diesase, feeding the community, and buidling homes for those in need!

To see SNMA and MAPs members in action, take a look at our SNMA Facebook, new official SNMA instagram page, and the National Community Service Committee twitter account.

This initiative also helped mark the start of the National I ``<3 SNMA campaign. See the new Grand Rounds Blog for news and updates for our organization!

Join our Committee
The National Community Service Committee plays a large role in the programmatic aspect of the SNMA. As a result, we are always looking for "extra-hands" to assist us in our goals. Our goals include: assisting in the implementation and publicity of the SNMA's community service protocols and community service outreach efforts, overseeing accurate tracking and documentation of protocols and other projects, and working with and supervising the efforts of individual protocol/initiative coordinators. If you feel as though you can contribute to helping us achieve our goals, please submit the following application, as it is required in order to become an official member of the committee. National Committee Application

AMEC 2015 Community Service Poster Forum
Hosted each year during SNMA's Annual Medical Education Conference, the Poster Forum provides an opportunity to recognize SNMA's continued commitment to community service and the excellent work done by chapters across the nation. Two SNMA chapters and one MAPS chapter will be awarded prizes. More information on the 2015 AMEC Community Service Poster Forum to come soon. Please find the application and guidelines here.

National Community Service Protocols

For ideas on how to participate in each protocol, feel free to utilize our Protocol Handbook.

How Can My Chapter Participate?
SNMA chapters are encouraged to use these protocols on their campuses!
For more information and instructions on how your chapter can participate in SNMA protocols, please email communityservice@snma.org or your regional director (see BOD directory). A Community Service Protocol Training Handbook is available.

Deadlines / Reporting
Each quarter, SNMA chapters are required to submit Chapter Report Forms detailing activities. This helps us seek grants to help the regions and chapters continue service, as well as keep us abreast of SNMA activities nationwide.

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