Community Service Committee
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Community Service

Welcome to the National SNMA Community Service Committee webpage! Our leadership team is glad to have you stop by. Here, you will find plenty of information and resources regarding who we are, the events we are hosting, and ways to get involved. If you cannot find something, please keep scrolling! If you have reached the end and still cannot find it, do not hesitate to check back here regularly or email us. To donate to the National Community Service Fund, please click HERE.

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 for this administrative term include revising all National Community Service Protocols, expanding our National Community Service Protocols, growing our social media presence, improving member engagement, and increasing National Medical Association ( NMA) involvement. If you feel as though you can contribute to helping us achieve our goals, please click on the "Join" tab above to take the first step in becoming an active member of the Community Service team. Please note: Applications should be sent to the CSC Vice Chair with the CSC Co-Chairs and National Vice President CC'd. Also, please feel free to send us a follow-up email once you have submitted the application.


Community Service Leadership Team

Jerome S. Arceneaux

Community Service Co-Chair
MD/PhD Candidate
Meharry Medical College 

Megan A. Badejo

Community Service Co-Chair
MD Candidate
Texas A&M College of Medicine

Ololade (Lola) Akinfemiwa

Community Service Vice Chair
MD Candidate
St. George's University School of Medicine



To 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 and Regional Community Service Liaisons.

Community Corner

Tissue Organ Donation Education and Recruitment

Tissue and Organ Donation Education and Recruitment Program (TODER) was created to educate and encourage individuals in underrepresented communities to enroll in organ and tissue donation programs. Patients in communities of color make up over 50 percent of the individuals on the national waiting list for a life-saving transplant. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders are three times more likely to suffer from end-stage renal disease than Caucasians, yet they are less likely to receive a transplant. Although 28.7 percent of total candidates are African Americans, only 12.5 percent of organ donors in 2019 were African American.

The lack of tissue and organ donation in these communities are due to different factors. Lack of information, distrust of medical providers and religious views are some of the reasons that individuals in minority communities do not participate in organ and tissue donation. 

Minorities have a higher need for organ and tissue donation as these populations are more likely to be impacted by diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and end-stage renal disease. Compatible tissue types and blood types are more likely to be found in the same ethnicity communities. Generally, the larger the donation pool, the more likely a match will be found.

At SNMA, o ur goal is to emphasize the importance and need for minorities to donate organs, tissue and blood. We hope to develop culturally sensitive recruitment strategies and promote preventative education to reduce the need for transplantation in these communities. 

Did you know? 

  1. One donor can save the lives of over 50 people through tissue and organ donation

  1. There is no cost to the donor 

  1. People of all ages can be potential organ or tissue donors regardless of medical history 

Visit the following websites to get more information

Announcements & Resources


Fall 2020 Community Service Grant Applications

  • Applications open August 1st and are due October 1st.


  • Please be on the lookout for our upcoming Community Service event at the 57th Annual AMEC in Orlando, FL, from March 31st - April 4th, 2021.



#SNMAServes Social Media Campaign

  • Showcase your chapter's amazing community service events by using the hashtag in all of your social media posts and tagging SNMA for increased visibility! Be sure to include a blurb about your service, the chapters involved, and your region.
  • Chapters may also email their media to Community Service with the subject line "#SNMAServes Media" and a short description of the project in the email along with your chapter name and region.



Our 2020 - 2021 theme, inspired by the 2020 - 2021 National President's agenda, is "Rooted in Excellence".
  • 2020 - 2021 National Protocols Handbook: Protocol Handbook (Coming)
  • 2020 - 2021 National Protocols Introduction Presentation: Protocol Presentation (Coming)

The National Community Service Protocol for August is the Pipeline Mentoring Institute (PMI). To learn more about PMI and the work they do, please visit the PMI webpage. Please view the links below to learn how you can participate in the National Community Service Protocol for August.

  • 2020 - 2021 Pipeline Mentoring Institute Handbook: PMI Handbook
  • 2020 - 2021 Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP) Handbook: YSEP Handbook
  • 2020 - 2021 Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) Handbook: HPREP Handbook
  • 2020 - 2021 Brotherhood Alliance for Science and Education (BASE) Handbook: BASE 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 read the above Protocol Handbook and/or Presentation, contact your Regional Community Service Liaison or your Regional Director, or email us.

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. Submission deadlines are as follows: July 15th, October 15th, January 15th, and April 15th.