From the President

First, I want to thank you for allowing me to be your 79th president of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association Incorporated (ANMA). This organization was formed in the 1930s by individuals motivated and persistent in championing the well-being of African-Americans. Realizing that I am following in the footsteps of some great leaders, I want you to know that I am honored.

Our theme for next year, “Improving the Health of the African American Community by Raising Awareness and Gaining Access to Healthcare Initiatives and Programs” is also our challenge. There are still a rising number of deaths in the community due to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infant mortality and mental health concerns. This is the perfect time for us to advocate for modifications in our health care delivery system. It is evident that the maladies that plague our communities are the same ones that plague the country. We are a microcosm of the macrocosm.

An awareness that we are all equal human beings all sitting on the edge of waiting for the next medical calamity is just the beginning of addressing the risk factors; factors such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, tobacco smoking, substance abuse, hepatitis C, lupus, and opioid abuse. This wake-up call on a national scale will be driven by social development programs, economic investment into health education, participation of African-Americans in health policy, and expansion of access to health care.

Several opportunities will be available next year for networking within our organization and expanding our base. Membership is a priority for us. We are already doing great work and past leaders have given us a wonderful template to follow. We will continue focusing on health awareness while staying up to date with the industry standards and requirements. Working together to strengthen community health will draw people to the organization. It’s part of our new initiatives to inspire inclusivity.

The long and short of it is this: Together we can maintain our focus on community service by expanding our view of the community, and thereby fortifying our partnership with the National Medical Association (NMA).

Let me close by saying what a privilege it is to be here and encourage you to be enthusiastic about the impact that we can have on human lives. Please mark your calendars. The next ANMA convention will be held in Orlando, Florida, August 11-15, 2018.

Save the date and see you there!

Sincerely,

Theresa O. Powell, RN
2017-2018 ANMA President