After several years of serving on the Board of Directors, as Chair of different committees, two elected positions: Regional Vice President of Regional II, and first Vice President, I feel very inspired and obligated to the ANMA. I am ready to serve this great organization in another capacity. I am excited and pleased to accept the position as President of the ANMA. I extend much gratitude to you for having chosen me to assume such an honorable role of leadership. I look forward to working closely with the ANMA Board of Directors and the entire membership as we continue to work on reducing health disparity in the African American Community.
In my role as president, my focus will be on Membership, Unity and collaboration with other organizations that share similar views with the ANMA, regarding reducing health disparity in the African American Community. I plan to work closely with the President -Elect, Regional Vice Presidents, and local Auxiliaries to build and grow our membership. My goal is to encourage, empower and support all ANMA members to play an active role in how our organization grows and develops. It has been said that: “United we stand, Divided we fall”. My thematic overview for the 2019-2020 program year is:
Keeping the fight against the opioid tragedy center stage (with strong focus on our youngest victims: Newborn babies) through pro-active measures of enhanced Prevention, treatment access, and education in the African American Community.
According to recent studies: “Hidden within the numbers of one of the deadliest drug epidemics in U.S. history is another growing crisis that is producing the youngest most Vulnerable victims of opioid abuse: New born babies”.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder has increased exponentially in recent years and today, nearly six out of Every 1,000 infants born in the U.S. are dependent on opioids. That’s the equivalent of one baby every 25 minutes. As a registered nurse caring for premature and new born infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, I have experienced this first hand. Together with our partners, we can do our part to eradicate this deadly epidemic. I would also like to expand my theme in helping to improve literacy in the African American Community, by reading to children. I Challenge each of us to adopt an early childhood care center, or an elementary school and READ TO A KID: Because our lives depend on it.
Again, thank you for choosing me to assume such a significant role of leadership.
Lady Marie Hammonds
2019-2020 ANMA President