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CMA Foundation awards 8 new Medical Student Community Leadership Grants



July 26, 2015
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education 

The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation's Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program supports health-related educational, advocacy, community service and other outreach programs that enhance the well-being of California communities. Grant applications are reviewed on a semi-annual basis; the next application deadline is October 30, 2015.

The CMA Foundation is proud to announce eight exciting newly-funded programs!

  • MedDiction.com – Medical Student Resource and Dictionary: Students at the UCSF School of Medicine will be creating a simple medical dictionary and medical education resource site that caters specifically to medical students. The goal is to compile high-quality, concise and simple references that students can rely on to learn the most important details of medical diseases.
  • 2015 Ulezi Health Fair: This health fair will take place on September 12, 2015, in Sacramento and is being hosted by UC Davis's Imani Clinic. The Ulezi Health Fair provides health education on chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension, particularly targeting the African American and Latino communities.
  • Touro Tackles Diabetes: Students at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine will collaborate with the Shubrook Lab to build upon the Diabetes Prevention Program in Solano County. Students will create a public campaign on the importance of pre-diabetes screening and awareness. Students will also act as lifestyle coaches and develop supportive programs such as an annual 5K, fitness tracker management and health fairs.
  • R-Health Health Care Technology Conference: This one-day conference, hosted by students at UC Riverside School of Medicine, will explore the potential of harnessing health care technology to improve health care delivery in the Inland Empire. The conference will bring together physician leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs and policy experts.
  • Challenges and Approaches to Health Equity: This one-day conference, hosted by students at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, aims to spark conversations, promote collaboration among health professionals and encourage advocacy to tackle health inequities among current and future patients.
  • Activity Book for Kids: Students at UC Irvine School of Medicine will create an activity book for children who are either hospitalized at the UC Irvine Douglas Hospital or who are at the hospital for an extended period of time because family members are receiving medical treatment. The content for the book will be created in conjunction with high school students aspiring to be physicians.
  • Food Insecurity, Obesity and Implementation of Team KiPOW™ in Santa Ana: Team KiPOW™ is an academic-community partnership that utilizes specially trained medical and undergraduate student mentors to visit elementary school students weekly for interactive nutrition and health lessons. UC Irvine School of Medicine will develop a course on pediatric obesity and nutrition to train student volunteers.
  • Willow Clinic Veteran’s Day Health Fair: This health fair provides screening, health education and referrals to military veterans, who make up a large population of the homeless and uninsured in Sacramento. The clinic is run by students from UC Davis School of Medicine.

Due to limited available funding, the CMA Foundation was only able to fund 50 percent of requests during this application cycle. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support future funding of the Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program. For more information on the program, visit the CMA Foundation website.

Contact: Veronica Mijic, (916) 779-6620 or vmijic@phcdocs.org.

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