The AMA Alliance is the largest organization representing the family of medicine in the United States. The Alliance network of physicians and physicians’ spouses represents all stages of the medical lifestyle, from the training years to retirement.
The Alliance’s Stop America’s Violence Everywhere (SAVE) program targets the 15 million children in first through fourth grade in every public and private school. Since the 1995 inception of SAVE, Alliance members have developed more than 700 antiviolence programs, including mentoring programs, teen hotline cards and mental health seminars, and distributed more than 2 million pieces of anti-violence materials. The SAVE program has been recognized by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
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|The AMA Alliance is partnered with the Alliance Health Education Initiative Foundation to support community health projects across the country. For more information on the Alliance Health Education Initiative click here.
Health Promotions Tip of the Month:
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
With the holidays upon us, the toy a child desires may not be the best or safest choice. Toys with sharp edges, containing lead, plastic film, small magnets or batteries can cause serious illness or injuries. To keep your holidays happy and safe check all toys for safety and age appropriateness before allowing a child to use them.
For more information:
2010 Report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Toy fact sheet from Prevent Blindness
December 1-7 is National Hand Washing Awareness Week
Hand-transmission in the spread of bacteria, pathogens and viruses causing disease and infections puts over one-third of the US population at high risk. The elderly, young children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, “Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.”
Making a difference is the Massachusetts Medical Society Alliance. Their statewide program “Soapy Hand Washing Campaign” teaches proper hand washing technique to kindergarten through third grade children. A 20 minute lesson and the costumed character “Soapy”® distributes coloring books, stickers, and a brochure to bring home to their parents.
Here is a refresher in case you forgot.
Proper Hand Washing:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
For more information:
2014 AMPAC REGIONAL CAMPAIGN AND GRASSROOTS SEMINARS
AMPAC will co-host 6 Regional Campaign and Grassroots Seminars with 6 states in early 2014. These seminars are designed to be co-hosted by AMPAC and a state medical society with AMPAC covering the cost of faculty and materials and the state society securing a meeting space, meals (if necessary) and inviting attendees.
The seminars are a traveling, one-day version of AMPAC’s Campaign School and Candidate Workshop designed to provide training in political campaigns and grassroots lobbying to encourage physicians, spouses and medical society staff to help advance medicine’s agenda at all levels of government. The seminar introduces participants to the fundamentals of modern advocacy techniques and political campaigns including: campaign strategies and message, fundraising techniques and governing laws, and communication with elected officials.
Seminars for 2014
- Portland, OR – Jan. 24
- Frankfort, KY. – Feb.26
- Raleigh, NC – March 2
- Columbus, OH – April 4
- Tarrytown, NY – April 10
- Lake Las Vegas, NV – April 25
Take advantage of a seminar near you
AMA Foundation News
As announced earlier this year, THE AMA FOUNDATION SCHOLARS FUND WILL BE DISCONTINUED AT THE END OF DECEMBER 2013. For Alliances collecting funds through holiday sharing cards during this final year, here is the link to the donation form and instructions. We thank all of our members who through the years have donated and supported the medical student scholarships through the Scholars Fund.
We now are encouraging Alliances, as you continue to fundraise with holiday sharing cards and other activities this year, please direct your AMA Foundation donations to the AMA Alliance Grassroots Honor Fund. Established in 2009 as an AMA Alliance endowed scholarship fund administered by the AMA Foundation, we are close to our goal of $250,000. Once the goal is reached, we will be able to start distributing medical scholarships. Here is a link to the Grassroots Honor Fund application. Checks should be made payable to the AMA Foundation and on the message line write: AMA Alliance Grassroots Honor Fund.
Thank you for helping support the endowment of this scholarship that carries the name of our national organization! For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Sarah Sanders and/or Pat Hyer, your Alliance representatives on the AMA Foundation Board of Directors.