Announcements & Resources
It's DECEMBER, which means it is time to participate in the Sexual Health Awareness Protocol.
• Promote a positive & respectful approach to sexuality & sexual relationships.
• Educate adolescents and adults about STI/STD & HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive health
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
The World Heath Organization (WHO) defines sexual health as "the state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction and infirmity". Sexuality is an integral part of being human. Love, affection & sexual intimacy contribute to healthy relationships and individual well-being.
In 2011, 50,007 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States of which 46% were black/African American. In 2007, the rate of diagnosis for African American adults & adolescents was 10 times that of whites, the rate of diagnosis for black women was 22 times that of white women and African American men and women accounted for more than half of the estimated number of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.
WHAT CAN OUR CHAPTERS DO?
1. Show the documentary: "End Game, AIDS in Black America". This can be done similar to the way we did the video, "Weight of the Nation". Here's the link!
2. Partner with a local school to assist with their sexual health classes. Many of the schools already have a curriculum available. You can use the same contacts you did for Tar Wars and develop new contacts in the middle and high schools.
3. Develop a pamphlet to hand out in the student health center on your campus.
4. Communicate with the local health department to see what they are doing for the month and give them a hand! This is an easy way to make a difference and minimize the resources necessary to get the job done!
Don't forget to continue The Weight of the Nation Initiative....
Host a Weight of the Nation documentary showing. As part of President Johnson's initiative, chapters are encouraged to show the Weight of the Nation documentary created through HBO, CDC, Institute of Medicine, and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Go to http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com to stream the videos, as well as obtain other resources. Please also view our Quick Summary Guide of the video content in order to identify the videos that you feel speak best for your audience. Start viewing and let us know how your showing went! Photos encouraged as well. Contact email@example.com for questions.
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 2013 Fall Grant Application is closed.
CONGRATS to the following 2013 Fall Application Grant Winners:
How Can My Chapter Participate?
- Medical College of Goergia: Recently, SNMA and Murphey formed an official affiliation agreement, establishing a formal "Pipeline Mentoring Program," providing educational information and mentorship that encourage students' academic success. Our expanded partnership will not only allow us to continue encouraging academic success but will also provide opportunity to educate students, their families and the surrounding community about the importance of their physical health and wellness. Biannually, a health fair will be held at the school to deliver various health screenings, including blood pressure, glucose, BMI measurements and others in addition to information on preventive health such as good nutrition and exercise.
- Cooper Medical School of Rowan University: One harsh reality of Camden, NJ is the realization that there are no grocery stores within the city. Unfortunately, this leaves the residents with limited food options. In particular, residents infrequently see fresh fruits and vegetables. This has led the students of Copper Medical School of Rowan University to adopt a community garden as their service project. Thier efforts have helped revitalize the garden, which produced summer and winter crops for the local community. Hopefully, the continuous effort will offer alternative food supplies and ultimately better health for the local residents of Camden.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or your regional director (see BOD directory
). A Community Service Protocol Training Handbook
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.
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
National Community Service Protocols
For ideas on how to participate in each protocol, feel free to utilize our Protocol Handbook.