Community service is indeed at the heart and soul of the SNMA. SNMA is committed to reducing morbidity and mortality in under-served communities. Its programs are primarily focused on educating and empowering local communities to make healthy lifestyle choices. SNMA pilots and implements community service programs – national protocols – that directly serve minority communities through health education and screening programs.
Chapters and regions educate both the young and the old through protocols entitled Sexual Health Awareness, Violence Prevention, Tissue and Organ Donation, Education and Recruitment Program (TODER), Smoking Prevention-Cessation, and Mental Health: Treatment, Awareness and Prevention. SNMA also hosts Healthy People 2010 Health Fairs that are consistent with the former U.S. Surgeon General’s call to action for the 21st century, and are targeted to underserved communities and those with limited access to health care.
SNMA is committed to increasing the pipeline of students of color that consider and prepare for medical and scientific careers. Its community mentoring programs provide science appreciation and education, mentoring, and academic enrichment to elementary, junior high school, high school and college students interested in pursuing health-related careers. Working through local chapters, SNMA is proud to organize and sponsor local Pipeline programs that directly serve minority students at several levels of education: the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP), and the Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP). Within medical school, SNMA chapters provide academic preparation and recruitment and retention programming, in order to assure the pipeline to medicine is supported.
The E.I.J. chapter has established a successful HPREP program that targets students in 9th – 11th grades to facilitate college readiness, and to educate students about various health care professions and health care disparities in the minority community. Annually, our organization has a MAPS conference which is attended by undergraduates throughout the state of Arkansas. An undergraduate MAPS chapter was started on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2005 to provide mentorship to students who are interested in a career in medicine.