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National Umbrella Cooperative
Agreement Program - District of Columbia

Workforce Development
Fiscal Year 2005-2009

Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, Inc.
1012 Tenth Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 371-9008 
Fax: (202) 289-2662
Title: National African American Youth Initiative Scholars Program
Project Period: 9/30/05 - 9/29/09
Project Director: Mae S. Walton
Target Population: African Americans

The Auxiliary to the National Medical Association (ANMA) was formally organized in 1937 as a non-profit corporation consisting of spouses of active members of the National Medical Association (NMA) and widows and widowers whose spouses were members. The membership of NMA is drawn from a pool consisting of approximately 30,000 physicians in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. ANMA has 56 local and state auxiliaries located in 20 states and the District of Columbia. ANMA works with funding agencies to provide community-based health education programs designed for African Americans, advocacy programs on a variety of health and health care issues, and student scholarships. The Auxiliary has focused national attention on various health-related issues, including the protection of women and children in violent situations, vaccinations and immunizations for children, school lunch programs, protection of humans in research, Medicaid and Medicare, diet and nutrition, physical activity, and healthy choices and goal setting for African American pre-adolescents.

National African American Youth Initiative Scholars Program (NAAYI): NAAYI is designed to increase the pool of African Americans in health-related careers. NAAYI is an 11-day residential summer program held in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area for approximately 60 economically disadvantaged African American high school students from urban cities in the United States. The program has two purposes: to introduce African American high school students to opportunities in scientific, research, and health care professions and encourage them to remain in the academic pipeline to pursue careers in the health sciences; and to expose them to public policy and decision-making processes relative to health and education. The NAAYI emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention through attitudinal and behavioral change. It places special emphasis on issues of violence and crime, AIDS, substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention, nutrition, and tobacco use prevention. A segment on managed care is designed to assist the youth in understanding the significance of managed care and children’s health initiatives. During the summer program, the students visit a number of agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services to explore health related professions. .

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