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Community Initiatives

Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS) and Premedical Conference

Through the MAPS Protocol, SNMA members strive to increase diversity by serving as mentors for premedical undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students and thus improving the medical school matriculation rates of underrepresented minorities.

As part of this effort, the SNMA Chapter at the School of Medicine hosts an Annual Minority Pre-Medical Conference featuring panel discussions and workshops covering the application and admissions process, clinical skills, specialty options and more. SNMA chapters serve as a vital resource for premedical students across the nation.

Project HEART

Project HEART (health education awareness & resources together) was adopted as part of the 2000-2001 Executive Agenda, Project Health Education Awareness Resources, initiated by the National SNMA body.

This program focuses on decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease through education about healthy eating and lifestyle choices. It targets those with limited access to healthcare as well as the underserved. SNMA has partnered with the Columbia Free Medical Clinic on this project and students volunteer their services there.

Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP)

The Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP) targets local, elementary, and potentially middle school, students and provides the youngsters with fun activities, exercises and learning tools about assorted health topics: the digestive system and healthy eating, the pulmonary system and non-smoking, the cardiovascular system and lifestyle habits, the musculoskeletal system and exercise, and more.

Community Health Awareness Fair

In 1999 at the national level, SNMA pledged to participate in the Healthy People 2010 Campaign. In 2006, the SNMA Chapter at the School of Medicine renewed its commitment to this campaign and to eliminating health disparities by hosting its first annual Community Health Awareness Fair. This Annual Health Fair has become a signature event that benefits the community as well as medical students. It features free preventive health screenings (glucose, cholesterol, vision, BMI) and medical counseling and education. For M-II students, participation fulfills the required Free Medical Clinic experience for their clinical skills attainment document (CSAD) while for M-I students, it provides a real alternative to standardized patient actors.

The Office of Minority Affairs works with SNMA in coordinating all of these activities.