From the President

PresidentGreetings and welcome to the website of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, Inc. (ANMA). It is an honor to serve as President of an organization which had its beginning in 1936 and has been actively involved in addressing consumer health issues since its inception. The ANMA is cognizant of the diverse array of health maladies and disparities in the African American communities and has worked diligently for nearly eight decades to improve the health status of African Americans in the United States and beyond. The fact that certain health conditions, such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, asthma, dementia, Alzheimer’s, glaucoma, opiate addiction, and HIV/AIDS disproportionately affect African Americans is well documented.

This fiscal year, the theme of our national program is “Charting the Course for Healthier African-American Communities.” There are so many ways for you to get involved in helping to strengthen our outreach activities. Our current strategic plan (2016–2017) will steer ANMA as well as provide ideas that might interest you in supporting the national program. The priorities/objectives of the plan are to:

  1. Increase awareness of African-American men, women and youth of specific diseases and conditions that disproportionately affect them;
  2. Encourage African Americans to become aware of their health numbers, including body mass index, systolic, diastolic, cholesterol, triglyceride, glucose, left and right eye pressure, and PSA for men and critical numbers for the aforementioned;
  3. Inform African Americans of specific actions that could be taken to improve and maintain health numbers in the normal range;
  4. Increase awareness of lifestyle choices that lead to or exacerbate specific diseases and conditions, including but not limited to the use of opiates;
  5. Develop strategies for monitoring one’s health and for securing healthcare providers;
  6. Create a sense of urgency to make lifestyle choices that will improve their health;
  7. Facilitate the development of attendee personal health action plans, and
  8. Provide meaningful materials (brochures, flyers, health numbers cards, etc.) on diseases and conditions that disproportionately affect African Americans.

The scholarship program (Alma Wells Givens Scholarship and the Omega Mason/Maude Bisson Nursing Scholarship fund) is another benefit that the ANMA is passionate about. One hundred percent of every donation/contribution received and targeted proceeds from fundraising efforts are used to help worthy students in medicine and nursing. Specifically, a portion of the annual dues from each ANMA member is allocated to the two scholarship funds, coupled with the proceeds from ANMA’s annual convention luncheon.

For our current members and perspective members, I want to assure you that the intention of this Board is to grow the ANMA without limits and to provide meaningful health education programs to our communities. Please bookmark our website (http://anmanet.org/), where you will find complete information on our programs and activities.

I look forward to a productive, fulfilling year and invite each of you to participate, and most importantly become involved in helping ANMA improve the health in our communities.

For your information, the next annual convention will be held July 29–August 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please make plans to be there and experience great informative programs, fun-filled social activities and enjoy the camaraderie of old and new friends. Dare to be involved and join me to make this a spectacular year for charting the course for healthier African-American and other communities.

Best regards,

Judge Gladys T. Bransford
2016-2017 ANMA President