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National Service Project

Every two years, the AMA-MSS selects a National Service Project (NSP) theme around which to focus its community service activities. Improving Health Outcomes Together was selected as the NSP theme for 2014-2016.

Background

Improving Health Outcomes is one of the three major focus areas of the AMA. The AMA is committing its resources, expertise and reach to prevent heart disease and type II diabetes and to improve outcomes for those suffering from these diseases. The toll of these two diseases—both in dollars and human suffering—is staggering.

In addition we continue to focus on four key health behaviors - poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and excessive or risky use of alcohol - contribute unquestionably and significantly to morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other conditions, all of which result in premature deaths and billions of dollars in excess health care costs.

Improving Health Outcomes Together

The new NSP theme – Improving Health Outcomes Together, is broad enough to incorporate AMA’s strategic focus on preventing diabetes and hypertension, while also incorporating healthy lifestyles. The inclusion of the word “together” suggests that physicians will better improve health outcomes if they work together with patients (relationship-centered care) and within healthcare teams (inter-professional team-based care). The word together also implies that addressing more than one aspect of well-being and tackling diseases often found together (e.g. type II diabetes, heart disease, obesity) will make for better health outcomes.

Over the course of the next two years, medical students from AMA medical student sections at medical schools across the country will organize events aimed at increasing awareness of diabetes prevention and cardiovascular health. They will promote community health activities and encouraging patients to discuss healthy life styles with their physicians.

Get Involved

Thousands of medical students at AMA medical student sections at medical schools across the country have dedicated countless hours to organizing and implementing hundreds of NSP events in their communities. Now it's your turn to get involved!

Each local section is encouraged to organize at least one NSP event each academic year. Additionally, each AMA-MSS Region is encouraged to hold an NSP-related service community service event in conjunction with its annual region meeting.

Please contact the AMA-MSS with any questions and for advice on how you can become involved.

Past National Service Project Themes

  • 1998-2000: Organ &Tissue Donation
  • 2000-2002: Children's Health Insurance Program
  • 2002-2004: Tobacco Education & Prevention
  • 2004-2006: Healthy Lifestyles to Reduce Obesity
  • 2006-2009: Covering the Uninsured & Protecting Access to Care
  • 2009-2014: AMA Healthier Life StepsTM