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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

The 50th Anniversary SNMA Day of Service

Diversifying Medicine: 50 years of Service

October 2014

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SNMA this year, we would also like to acknowledge SNMA's historic commitment to service. Join us as we celebrate SNMA's Founding throughout the month of October with activities kicking off on October 4th! In celebration of our organization's committment to service, we are encouraging SNMA chapters participate in the following ways:

1) Highlight your community service efforts throughout the month of October!
We are still asking that chapters sign up their community service event using the google form below, so we can keep track of the chapters participating.

https://docs.google.com/forms/ d/1YWaDsyQVzIC_ DPBG7pvWIck6dHggijXEsf0ZuQiTZi E/viewform?usp=send_form

Throughout the month, please upload pictures onto social media of your members/chapters doing service events (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtags #SNMA50th and #SNMAservice). As we are celebrating 50 years of SNMA, photos of present and past service can be posted. We just ask that the past photos have the hashtag #SNMAthrowback. Also, please email all media to marketing@snma.org throughout the month, as we will showcase your chapter on the new SNMA Instagram account starting October 6th. Remember, for the service events done this October, we encourage the chapters to wear variations of blue, white, and black to celebrate SNMA unity!

2) I <3 SNMA!``
In celebration of the 50th anniversary, the national organization has started a "I ``<3 SNMA" campaign. Join the campaign and share what SNMA means to you using the #IHEARTSNMA hashtag on Facebook and Twitter. Consider sharing a statement on October 4th and throughout the month, in celebration of SNMA's anniversary!
Also, check out the SNMA website for the new blog "Ground Rounds", for more information on the I ``<3 SNMA campaign and also on what's new at SNMA.

Overall, there are multiple ways to get involved in the celebration! Let's get #SNMA50th, #SNMAservice, #SNMAthrowback, and #IHEARTSNMA trending on social media to let the world know why the Student National Medical Association is important to not only you, but to the medical community as well.

HAPPY SNMA Founders Month!!

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 October which means it is time to participate in the Health and Wellness Programs: Obesity Prevention.

•Educate minorities about the importance of health & wellness.
•Generate community programs that promote healthy eating, healthy weight, 
physical activity & exercise, heart disease prevention, diabetes prevention, vaccines & immunizations and preventive cancer screenings. 


"Good nutrition, regular physical activity, and stress management significantly contribute to achieving optimal health...We must help our communities make the important and life-saving connection between being healthy, fit and living well. 

-The Surgeon General's Vision for a Fit & Healthy Nation 

Minorities continue to experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities. Among the 10 leading causes of death among African Americans are heart disease (#1), cancer (#2), stroke (#3), diabetes (#4), kidney disease (#6).

•Host a VERB Campaign event for local tweens. VERB is a CDC campaign 
designed to encourage youth to lead healthy lifestyles by increasing and maintaining physical activity. Activities include Yellowball, Make It Up, Crossover and Play Without Borders. Program materials can be accessed at cdc.gov/youthcampaign, "Material for Tweens".

•Organize a "Healthy Cooking" class at a local church or community center. Good meals are a shared pleasure at the heart of African American family life and special celebrations. Heart Healthy Home Cooking African American Style is a recipe book, developed by National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute that brings together many African American favorite recipes, prepared in a heart healthy way, lower in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium! Use your favorite search engine to look for this title.

•Promote preventive cancer screenings in your community. With preventive screenings, the number of new cancer cases can be reduced and many cancer- related deaths can be prevented. Screening for cervical and colorectal cancers helps prevent these diseases by finding precancerous lesions at an early, often highly treatable stage. Post or distribute information at community hot-spots. Brochures, fact sheets & posters can be found at cdc.gov/cancer, "Publications".

•Host a Health & Wellness workshop in your local community. Use the following resources to bring diabetes prevention, physical activity and healthy eating programs to your community.

*See the Protocol Handbook for some great event ideas!

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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