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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

Avianne Mills Bunnell

Avianne Mills Bunnell
Community Service Co-Chair

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Raina Wallace

Raina Wallace
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 Spring Grant Application can be fouund here. Deadline is has been extended to Monday, February 24th, 2014

CONGRATS to the following 2013 Fall Application Grant Winners:

  • 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.

AMEC 2014 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. Applications are due no later than 11:59pm on Monday, March 17, 2014. Please find the application and guidelines here.

It's FEBRUARY, which means it is time to participate in the Mental Health Awareness Protocol.

• SNMA chapters are encouraged to plan & host Pipeline programs throughout the year. August & February serve as opportune times for chapters to develop new & reflect on existing pipeline efforts in their communities.

"The United States needs more doctors, and our nation's medical schools are looking for talented, committed, and caring individuals who want to make a difference. The need for more African American, Latino/a, and Native American doctors is especially important. Today, while these groups make up 25 percent of the population, they account for only 12 percent of U.S. medical school graduates."
-Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

SNMA is committed to increasing "the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians". In harmony with our mission, we encourage local chapters to develop YSEP, HPREP & PMED programs to provide mentoring, education & guidance to the community's minority students.
Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP)
 Purpose: Stimulate interest in health & science among elementary & junior high school students.
Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) Purpose: Expose high school students to activities related to science while introducing them to careers in the health professions.
Pre-Medical Minority Enrichment & Development (PMED) Purpose: Provide mentorship to undergraduate & post- baccalaureate students who want to attend medical school.

SNMA chapters are encouraged to partner with local youth organizations, schools, community colleges, undergraduate institutions and post-baccalaureate programs to develop Pipeline programs. More information pertaining to these programs and their development can be found in the SNMA Pipeline Programs Manual, which can be requested from your regional Community Service Liaison or pipeline@snma.org.

Be sure to apply for an SNMA National Community Service Grant to help support your Pipeline programs.

Participate in the SNMA Pipeline Mentoring Institute (PMI) by establishing a Pipeline Academy in your community. Recognizing that many of the barriers to greater diversity within the medical profession lie within the elementary school to undergraduate education continuum, the PMI seeks to better prepare minority students for a career in the health professions through sessions on general study skills, standardized test taking skills, science preparation and age-appropriate cultural competency training.

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 communityservice@snma.org for questions.

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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