CMA Foundation primarily began in 1963 as a charitable
arm of the
California Medical Association, disbursing over
$1 million dollars in grants and loans to medical students.
The CMA, while supporting the interests of California's
physicians, realized that it was important to help along
future physicians during their educational years, and
so remained as a source of resources for medical students
until 1995, when Dr. Rolland C. Lowe, M.D., CMAF Board
Chair, recommended that the Foundation expand its role
to encompass community health.
New projects began in 1996 and 1997, such as ComPACT
(tobacco education) and the Physician Leadership Recognition
Dinner. These programs established our position in the
community as leaders of public health initiatives. The
Pharmacy Partnership Project, begun in 1996, gathered
pharmacists from across California working in independent
pharmacies to remove tobacco products from their stores.
We realized a nearly 80% success rate (currently 78%
of independent pharmacies in California are tobacco
free). In July 2000, the Partnership changed its name
to Prescription for Change to encourage chain pharmacies
to go tobacco free as well. Overall, the mission of
this project is to facilitate public education campaigns,
advertisements, and media coverage that focus on increasing
consumer awareness about pharmacies selling tobacco.
Beginning in 2000, the CMA Foundation initiated its
community involvement by launching the AWARE Project
(Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education),
a nationally recognized project. In addition, there
are many other health projects, public outreach programs,
and physician conferences that point to CMA Foundation's
commitment to improving the health of California's residents.
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