SNMA focuses on community outreach to fulfill its mission to not only nurture and support the academic enrichment of its members, but also to serve communities in a real and proactive way. Our outreach programs concentrate on educating and empowering local communities to make healthy lifestyle choices. We continually pilot and implement community service programs following National Protocols. Protocols that were created to guide our efforts to directly serve minority communities through health education and screening programs. Regions and chapters adhere to these National Protocols to educate young and old as SNMA fulfills its commitment to reduce morbidity and mortality in underserved communities.
Health and Wellness Program through Obesity Prevention involves disseminating information regarding healthy eating and physical activity to the community, as well as encouraging healthy lifestyle modification and weight loss for adults if appropriate.
"Healthy People" Health Fairs are consistent with the U.S. Surgeon General's call to action for the 21st century, and in collaboration with other community organizations as SNMA conducts annual health fairs across the nation. Targeted to underserved communities and those with limited access to healthcare, members educate thousands of individuals about the importance of healthy living and provide screenings for common health conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Mission for Mental Health seeks to correct the inequalities in diagnosis, treatment and education of mental illnesses in communities of color. SNMA members seek to be at the forefront of the drive to minimize stigma surrounding mental illness.
Sexual Health Awareness educates teenagers about their bodies and about the positive use and expression of sexuality. It is intended to increase self-esteem, improve relationships, and decrease the incidence of teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Smoking Prevention and Cessation provides a mechanism for SNMA members to promote healthy lifestyles that include the avoidance of tobacco products among youth.
Tissue and Organ Donation Education and Recruitment Program (TODER) educates underrepresented communities about organ donation and encourages people to enroll in organ and tissue donation programs.
Violence Prevention helps an adolescent to acknowledge anger as a natural emotion and shows them alternative non-violent ways of expressing themselves. Students are also taught how to resolve conflicts in a constructive non-violent manner.
These standard outreach protocols have been developed by SNMA National Committees over several years and are implemented by SNMA chapters locally, at regional conferences, and sometimes at the Annual Medical Education Conference.
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
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