As the new AMA Foundation President, I am extremely proud of our mission and work that is clearly advancing and promoting health equity. Last week, we announced the creation of the DREAM MD Health Equity Scholarship, which will immediately award two $10,000 scholarships to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) medical students. I hope you share our pride for this new scholarship.
As President, I am dedicated to continuing the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to improving the public health and further build upon our recent accomplishments:
- In addition to awarding two DREAM MD Health Equity Scholarships, the Vandenberg Health Equity Fund will award two David Jones Peck, MD Health Equity Scholarships to medical students demonstrating commitment to addressing health disparities and promoting health equity in diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environments.
- A new fund was announced earlier this month, the David and Donna Marie Meza Heath Equity Fund, dedicated to addressing health care disparities in our communities in partnership with the AMA Center for Health Equity.
- The “Release the Pressure” campaign was launched to promote good heart health in the Black community. This new collaboration with ESSENCE, in partnership with our AMA, the American Heart Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Minority Health Institute, and the National Medical Association is both expansive and exciting.
- The Bassam Nasr Family Fund is now supporting cultural sensitivity initiatives in all of the Foundation’s charitable programs.
- In January, our national LGBTQ Fellowship was announced with the goal to create a cadre of LGBTQ health specialists able to exponentially improve the quality of LGBTQ health care across the nation.
These are just a few reasons I am immensely proud to lead our Foundation.
With your support, the Foundation will continue to find innovative and meaningful ways to further address health disparities in our nation. Together, we can recognize our outstanding physicians while fighting for health equity.
Author: Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR
President, AMA Foundation