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Health Policy & Advocacy

Drawing upon our strength and national network, SNMA employs grassroots efforts to assure the appropriate representation of its members and the inclusion of its mission and vision in the national political discourse.

Through efforts coordinated by the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee, SNMA conducts advocacy to address legislative issues that affect medical education, health care delivery, and the health status of underserved communities. Past focus areas include funding for pre-medical recruitment and preparation programs, violence prevention, obesity, universal health care, and affirmative action.

SNMA has participated in widespread voter registration, letter-writing, and membership education campaigns through its local chapters.

SNMA is honored to be one of the founding members of the Alliance of Black Student Professionals, a partnership between several national organizations whose goal is "to speak with one voice on issues that universally impact the Black student professional population and to advocate for societal change toward the benefit of its communities."

SNMA has developed Official Position Statements that reflect the opinions and beliefs of its members and the organization as a whole. These statements are currently being updated/revised along with new statements being added as needed and/or suggested. Current statements include:

  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • Affirmative Action
  • Cultural Competence
  • Diversity and Equity in Education
  • Environmental Health
  • Gun Violence
  • Minority Health Disparities
  • Police Brutality
  • Residency Work Hours
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Substance Abuse
  • Title VII and Title VIII Funding
  • Universal Health Care
  • Women's Health

Spring 2015 Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Grant Application OpenThe Student National Medical Association's Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee (HPLA) is excited to announce our bi-annual grant to provide financial assistance to SNMA and MAPS chapters interested in developing policy and advocacy projects! There is one grant available in the Spring of 2015 for $100.
Chapter projects should align with the mission and goals of the SNMA, and should ideally relate to one of the efforts coordinated by HPLA. The focus areas this year are LGBT, Refugee, and Immigrant Health. The winning chapter will also be asked to prepare a poster for next year's Annual Medical Education Conference in New Orleans. We welcome members from all chapters to apply and look forward to you joining us in addressing the needs of underserved communities from a policy and advocacy perspective!To get a copy of the application, please contact the Co-chairs of the National Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Committee by emailing them at healthpolicy@snma.org or click below to access the application.
Deadline: TBD
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Advocacy Leadership

Co-Vice Chairs:

Jessica Isom
Dacia Russell


Download Policy Statements

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
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Affirmative Action
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Cultural Competence
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Diversity and Equity in Education
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Gun Violence
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Police Brutality
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Residency Work Hours
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Smoking Prevention
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