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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 were 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 2014 Community Service Awards winners:

Stephanie Chu, DO
Hope Shines Healthy Child Initiative

Dr. Chu serves as the medical consultant and volunteer coordinator of the Hope Shines Healthy Child Initiative in Rwanda.  The Healthy Child Initiative includes performing annual wellness checks for 150 orphans who suffer from poor vision and hearing and are under-developed relevant to height and weight.  The initiative also includes measuring blood pressure, addressing issues of tinea, stomach ailments, and incidences of malaria.  Dr. Chu coordinates all medical visits and accompanies the child when they need additional medical attention.  In addition, healthy body workshops are conducted by Dr. Chu with coordination with other Rwandan medical staff where orphans are taught correct hygiene as well as HIV/AIDS education.  Each year, hygiene kits are assembled and distributed under Dr. Chu's direction to 150 orphans.  The program exists under her direction and expertise and the orphans have led healthier lives because of it.

Manish K. Sethi, MD
Healthy Tennessee

Healthy Tennessee is a non-profit organization that provides health education and community training opportunities through health fairs to improve the lives of Tennesseans.  An easy access web-site location offers individuals the chance to study current health care prevention tips, review state and national articles concerning in-depth research on nutrition, as well as information on how to implement health fairs in communities across Tennessee.

For additional information contact AMA Department of Young Physician Services.