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Public Health

The AMA Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of all Americans by hosting public education campaigns and supporting community service efforts across the country.

Find more about The Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics and learn about our efforts to help health care providers and community leaders establish free or charitable medical clinics in underserved communities.


Healthy Living Grant Program
The AMA Foundation, with support from the AMA Alliance, launched the Healthy Living Grant Program to provide grants for grassroots public health projects that encourage healthy lifestyles in communities across the nation.

Healthy Communities/Healthy America Fund
The Healthy Communities/Healthy America Fund directs resources to helping some of our nation's most vulnerable populations. The grants offered by this fund support physician-led clinics in the U.S. that are already promoting healthier communities and addressing the needs of patients who face obstacles in accessing care. Donate now to this fund.

Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women 
The American Medical Association (AMA) Women Physicians Section (WPS) has established the Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women and partners with the AMA Foundation with the goal of advancing the progress of women in the medical profession and strengthening the AMA’s ability to identify and address the needs and interests of women physicians and medical students.


The AMA Foundation takes great pride in recognizing the extraordinary efforts of medical students, residents and fellows, physicians, and health care organizations that go “beyond the call of duty” to provide patient care, train future physicians, and advance the field of medicine.

Excellence in Medicine Awards
The AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Awards bring together the Dr. Debasish Mridha Spirit of Medicine Award, the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine, the Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, the Leadership Awards, and the Pride in the Profession Awards. Starting in 2014, the awards will be presented in conjunction with the AMA’s Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The AMA Foundation Health Education Award
The AMA Foundation Health Education Award is presented in association with the AMA House of Delegates and was established to encourage and to recognize the professional or public health education activities of practicing physicians. Special consideration will be given to those physicians working in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse. This award consists of a $3,500 stipend and an appropriate certificate. The award is supported by a grant from the John P. McGovern Foundation. It is presented at the AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting.

Isaac Hays, MD, and John Bell, MD, Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism
This award was established by the AMA Foundation and AMA Board of Trustees in 1997 to promote and underscore the AMA's continuing dedication to the principles of medical ethics and the highest standards of medical practice. The award is named for co-writers of the original Code of Ethics for the American Medical Association. It consists of a plaque and monetary award of $2,500. It is presented at the AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting.