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.
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!
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.
WHAT CAN OUR CHAPTERS DO?
• 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.
• 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
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
AMEC 2015 Community Service Poster Forum
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?
Deadlines / Reporting