AMA Wire

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Special Feature

AMA Foundation: Supporting public health and medical education since 1950

AMA Foundation: Supporting public health and medical education since 1950

As the philanthropic arm of the AMA, the AMA Foundation advances health care through support of programs in medical education, research and public health. The AMA Foundation has supported public health initiatives, scholarships and research grants with more than $100 million since its inception in 1950. Here are some ways you can get involved with the AMA Foundation and impact lives:

Health literacy. The AMA Foundation offers a practical toolkit for physicians, health care professionals and patient advocates who work with patients who have limited health literacy. The "Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand" toolkit includes an instructional video and an in-depth manual to help equip physicians to improve care for the 77 million American adults who have limited health literacy skills.

Free copies of the toolkit are available through a new bulk-order grant process. Physicians and medical students can order 20 or more copies for their practice, association or other group by completing the grant request form.
Contact Krista Batey of the AMA via email or at (312) 464-4193 for additional information about the AMA Foundation's Health Literacy program.

Healthy living. Physicians in community clinics can apply for the AMA Foundation's Healthy Living Grant program now through July 16 for awards of $8,000–$10,000 to fund prescription medication safety projects. The projects should be aimed at promoting safety and preventing abuse among children and young people who are 2–21 years old. Approximately 30 organizations will be selected.

This grant program supports the development of school- and community-based solutions to behavioral health challenges, based on the knowledge that establishing healthy behaviors in young people can lead to a lifetime of well-being.

Previous grant recipients have conducted such activities as youth-led social media campaigns, parental toolkits and workshops, and age-appropriate e-learning modules.

The 2013 grants are supported by a generous grant from Purdue Pharma L.P. as part of its Rx Safety Matters initiative. Teva Pharmaceuticals provided additional support.

Visit the Healthy Living Grant program Web page to download application materials, learn about eligibility requirements and read more about recipients from previous years.

Medical education scholarships. The AMA Foundation also supports the next generation of physicians by providing financial assistance through scholarships, grants and awards to deserving medical students and residents across the nation.

For instance, the Minority Scholars Award program, a collaborative program of the AMA Foundation and the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS), with support from Pfizer Inc., gives scholarships of $10,000 to medical students from historically underrepresented groups.

Eight first- and second-year medical students were announced last week as the 2013 recipients. They were selected based on their scholastic achievement, financial need and commitment to eliminating health care disparities.

While nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population is African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Alaskan Native, only about 9 percent of all U.S. physicians are from these racial and ethnic groups. This scholarship program helps ensure students from these backgrounds are able to enter the medical profession.

How to help. Want to be a part of this great legacy? Donate to the AMA Foundation to support efforts that promote public health and physicians in training.