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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 Policy Statements that reflect the opinions and beliefs of its members and the organization as a whole:

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

Spring 2014 Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Grant Application Open
The Spring 2014 Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Grant Application is now available.
We will be offering two grants of $200 each. Both SNMA and MAPS chapters are eligible to apply.

Apply today :

Deadline: 3/15/2014 at midnight.

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
Download (93 KB)
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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