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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 Awards:

Fall grant awards are now combined with the Spring grants, and now 4 grants will be awarded in the Spring!

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 2015 Spring Grant Application can be fouund here. Deadline for the Spring Grant is March 9th.

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. Please find the application and guidelines here. Applications are due by Monday, March 16th!

Monthly Service Protocol:
It's January which means it is time to participate in Mental Health Awareness

• Educate minorities about mental health.
• Address the inequalities in diagnosis & treatment of mental illnesses among minorities.
• Empower the members of SNMA & the community to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.

"Mental health is indispensable to personal well-being, family and interpersonal relationships, and contribution to community or society...mental health is the springboard of thinking and communication skills, learning, emotional growth, resilience, and self-esteem. Mental illness is at least as prevalent among racial and ethnic minorities as in the majority white population [however] minority group members overall are less inclined than whites to seek treatment. In addition, African Americans are over-represented in high need populations that are particularly at risk for mental illnesses:

• Host a screening of the video "Documenting Our Presence: Multicultural Experiences of Mental Illness" at your institution or in the community. This 20-minute documentary was produced as a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NJ Multicultural Outreach Initiative and traces the lives of the participants through a cultural lens, focusing on the onset of mental illness, the process of coping and acceptance, and finally, their journey to recovery. The video is available for purchase from NAMI NJ. If your institution doesn't already have a copy, suggest it be added to the library collection.

• Collaborate with a NAMI affiliate in your area to bring the "In Our Own Voice (IOOV)" presentation to your community or institution. IOOV is a unique public education program in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. Presentations are offered free of charge and may be requested through a state or local NAMI affiliate.

• Invite a panel of psychiatrists, psychologists & social workers to educate members of your institution about the foster care & juvenile justice systems in your area.

• Host a "Science of Mental Illness" workshop at a local junior high school. The Science of Mental Illness is a free, six-part curriculum developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that helps students gain insight into the biological basis of mental illnesses and how scientific evidence and research can help us understand its causes and lead to treatments and, ultimately, cures. Present all six parts or just one! The curriculum can be found at science.education.nih.gov, "Middle School".
• Participate in a local health fair & host a booth on mental health.

• Present the "Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness" lesson at a local school. This lesson is Chapter 8 of The Scientific Basis of Mental Disorders, a toolkit designed for high school students by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The toolkit can be accessed free of charge at pibhs.uams.edu/toolkit.

*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.

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.

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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