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Community Service Award

Through the Community Service Award, the AMA Young Physicians Section (YPS) strives not only to recognize and encourage excellence in community service activities carried out by young physicians, but also to stimulate similar efforts by other young doctors. The award underscores to the Federation and the community the significant accomplishments attained by young physicians who give of themselves to advance the well-being of others.

AMA-YPS members are invited to submit nominations for the AMA-YPS community service award. Through this award, the AMA-YPS strives to not only recognize and encourage excellence in community service, but to facilitate similar efforts by other young doctors.

Nominations are due April 30. Award recipients will be selected based on the following: positive effect on a given community or population; thoroughness of program/project planning and implementation; and completeness/comprehensiveness of information submitted.

The AMA-YPS would like to recognize the 2013 Community Service Awards winners:

Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH
The Trevor Project NextGen

Suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst 15-24 year olds, and LGBT youth are four times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. In New York, a group of young professionals dedicated themselves to supporting Trevor's mission and formed Trevor NextGen. Under Dr. Cohen's leadership as chair of NextGen, the group has grown from 80 to 400 volunteers and has raised over $300,000 for The Trevor Project. Additionally, Dr. Cohen expanded the group's activities to include community education about issues facing LGBT youth, outreach to underserved LGBT communities, quality assurance and counseling support for Trevor's programs and counselors, and policy advocacy for legislative or executive initiatives that may support LGBT youth such as anti-bullying legislation and educational resources to prevent suicide.

Adam Levine, MD
Returnee Clinic: Juba, South Sudan

In May 2012, due to rising political tensions between the governments of Sudan and South Sudan, nearly 15,000 South Sudanese living in Kosti, Sudan were abruptly deported and arrived en masse in Juba, South Sudan over a one-week period. Nearly a dozen humanitarian aid organizations working in the region struggled to rapidly set up a temporary camp to house the thousands of returnees, including the US-based aid agency International Medical Corps (IMC). As an Emergency and Disaster Care physician for IMC, Dr. Levine was sent to Juba to oversee healthcare provision in the camp, which included setting up a fully functional clinic to care for the returnees; hiring and managing minimally-trained local staff to run the clinic; and overseeing dozens of health promoters who worked to spread public health messages to camp residents on topics ranging from hand washing to HIV testing.

Dan Mollura, MD

RAD-AID was founded in 2008 by Dr. Mollura to provide greater access to imaging services for the estimated four billion people currently deprived of such access. While seemingly ambitious, Dr. Mollura has partnered with 16 international organizations including the Clinton Global Health Initiative, the World Health Organization, Project Hope, and over a dozen academic medical centers that serve as the backbone and future of RAD-AID.

Successful programs in India providing women's screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer and osteoporosis are a testament to the type of difference RAD-AID has made. Other projects in China, Haiti, Latin America and Africa have also proven successful. RAD-AID's focus on sustainability, education, finance, and health outcomes has ensured longevity of the many outreach efforts, and serve as an inspirational model for imaging services to populations in need.

Eric Young, MD
S.O.U.L. Foundation

S.O.U.L. Uganda was co-founded after a 2009 trip to Uganda, and is co-run by Dr. Young to pursue four simultaneous goals: 1) to educate one hundred children yearly through 50% cost-sharing with parents to forge shared investment; 2) to create sustainable food sources and an economic engine through tilapia fish farming; 3) to empower women in the community through micro-investments and co-operatives; and 4) to invest in community health through a "delivery with dignity" program that has implemented solar/battery powered LED lighting to eliminate birthing in the dark.

S.O.U.L. Uganda sponsors the medical school costs of a community member who will return after training to direct the community health center as a full trained physician.

In addition to serving as the medical director and a member of the board of directors for S.O.U.L. Uganda, Dr. Young assists with website design and fundraising for the organization.

For additional information contact AMA Department of Young Physician Services.