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Medical Student Mini Grant Program

The CMA Foundation proudly provides grants to California medical student organizations in support of projects that promote community health and well being.

Medical student organizations are eligible to apply for grants. Grants will support health-related educational, advocacy, community service and other outreach programs that enhance the well-being of California communities. Grants average $250 - $1000. Click here for the Medical Student Grant Program Application and Guidelines and Grant Evaluation form.

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Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program Recipients
Grants awarded cover a broad range of issues: diversity in the workforce, providing services for the uninsured, and providing health education material to ethnic communities.

2007 Medical Student Community Leadership Grants

Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Special Opportunities
This project serves two functions – provide troubled teens with positive role models and to build a powerful bond between medical students and their community.  Loma Linda University medical students will team up with some of San Bernardino’s troubled high school freshman boys, targeted by the school district.  The project seeks to guide young men and teach them the skills they will need if they are to succeed.  The medical students will gain valuable experience working with at-risk populations and have the opportunity to give back to the local community.  The teens involved have the opportunity to learn important like skills and spend time with positive role models.

Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Community Kids Connection (CKC) Mentoring
CMC Mentoring is a one-on-one mentoring program that connects San Bernardino elementary-age children with a Loma Linda University graduate student mentor.  The goal of the program is to assist the students with homework and improve scholastic achievement.  The program consists of multiple tutoring sessions where students bring homework to the site and the mentors assist them in the homework completion.  When free time presents itself, other activities are worked on, such as learning games, crafts and reading books that help to focus on areas the children may need improvement in.  Presentations are incorporated into the curriculum, including one on proper hand washing and a second encouraging minority involvement in the healthcare field.

Stanford University School of Medicine
Promoting Healthy Living Among African Americans in Oakland, CA –
Developing Culturally-Sensitive Targets for Health Education
This project involves assessing barriers to healthy nutrition and physical activity in the African American population of Oakland, CA.  Stanford students will be using validated surveys to find out where the community is receiving their health education.  From these assessments they will take the information to the Ethnic Physician Group to identify barriers to health eating and physical activity.  The students will also be performing health screenings at a hypertension health fair.  They will provide health cards that will have important questions attendees should ask their doctors at their next visit.

University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Fourth Annual SNMA High School Outreach Day
The purpose of this free one day conference is to expose and encourage typically underrepresented groups, such as African American, Latino and Native American students' interest in the healthcare professions.  All students will be given an academic preparation workshop during which they will learn about subjects and test requirements and the selection process for UCD admissions.  Students will also participate in a variety of activities throughout the day including a physical exam workshop where they will learn how to take blood pressure, listen to heart sounds and listen to breathe sounds.  From this experience the students will have a chance to interact with the medical students and learn about a career field that they have an interest in.  This will provide the venue to meet health care professionals, medical and undergraduate students to learn about health care options, participate in an ethics workshop and tour the school facilities.

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
AMA Cover the Uninsured Week
This is a weeklong lecture/seminar/ discussion series about the current state of healthcare access in the United States and specifically here in California.  A focus will be maintained on alternative health care initiatives like California’s single payer bill, health savings accounts, and the state plan.  The primary audience for this series will be both undergraduate and graduate students at UCI.  From this series they plan to initiate a letter writing campaign to local government representatives.  Informal flyers will be constructed which detail the latest information concerning America’s uninsured in order to raise awareness.

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
AMA Smoking Prevention Program
The UC Irvine Chapter of the American Medical Association has developed an educational curriculum targeting elementary and middle school schools in Orange County on the dangers of smoking. The program consists of short lectures about the harmful effects of smoking, interactive sections in which elementary students will use props such as straws to breathe through to simulate the breathing problems associated with smoking, molasses to simulate the tar found in cigarettes, and real smoking advertisements for the students to analyze the misleading messages behind them. The children will have the opportunity to participate in a poster contest illustrating the positive effects of living tobacco-free.

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Community Diabetes Education
The medical students from the UC Irvine have been heavily involved in community clinics in Orange County, including the UCI Mobil Clinic serving villages in Honduras. Our Enthusiasm for public health has driven these students to become more creative in raising health awareness.  Learning Spanish and Latin American culture has been a part of their personal improvement as they reach out to a predominantly Spanish-speaking underserved population. The current project involves simultaneous research on diabetes education associated with a community clinic in Santa Ana and a mobile clinic in Honduras. The goal is to contribute to health improvement in Honduras while simultaneously learning more about specific underserved populations in Orange County. The students will travel with the mobile clinic associated with Hospital Evangelico in Siguatepeque, Honduras. This portable clinic (two trucks) travels to different villages (30 villages in a 30 day cycle). The program will start with a 5 question survey followed by 15 minutes of diabetes education before they are seen by a doctor. Then, their glucose levels will be checked and will be given a similar quiz upon exiting. A similar program will run in Santa Ana at the community clinic.

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
UCSF APAMSA Regional Conference
UCSF and Stanford University’s chapters of APAMSA co-hosted the 14th APAMSA National Conference, entitled Bridging Cultures, Taking Action.  The conference was held from Friday, October 26, 2007 through Sunday October 28, 2007 in San Francisco, CA.  The conference addressed the challenges of reaching beyond the conventional roles in culture and society in ways that translate awareness into concrete action aimed at improving the health of Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities.

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Increasing Healthcare Access
California Student Physicians for Health Reform (CSPHR) is a student-organization dedicated to the education and advocacy for solutions to the problems with the California healthcare system. The Increasing Healthcare Access lecture series is designed to educate the students and faculty at USC, Keck School of Medicine on the factors that affect healthcare access, models for healthcare reform, and ways that the medical community can advocate for change. The topics covered will emphasize possible ways for students and faculty to become involved in the legislative process as well as increase awareness of the current system. Spending a large amount of time at LAC-USC Hospital, medical students are witness to many patients with inadequate access to healthcare. In addition to their immediate medical problems, patients suffer from financial and social barriers—none of which medical students will be trained to address. Thus, the lecture series is directly pertinent to improving the health outcomes of the patient population at LAC-USC. Designed to complement the current curriculum, Increasing Healthcare Access will provide both faculty and students on otherwise unlearned education on understanding hoe to help the patients at LAC-USC in ways other than medical treatment.

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Tom Bradley Mini-Medical School
The Student National Medical Association chapter at the USC Keck School of Medicine developed a Mini-Medical school program involving mentoring and teaching four Fourth grader classrooms at Tom Bradley Elementary School in South Los Angeles.  The goal of the medical students is to expose the Fourth graders to minority medical students, as well as scientific information in the hope of sparking interest in medicine and advanced education.  Once a month 20 medical students teach a lesion that involves lecture, active learning and experimentation.  The students are given a homework assignment at the completion of each session that involves teaching their parents what they learned.  The subjects are nutrition, the disease process and antibiotic resistance, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, heart anatomy, heart attacks, and high blood pressure.  At the end of the year, the children take a field trip to USC.  A Family Health Fair is also planned to get the whole family involved and educate them on health issues.

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