NMA E-Newsletter - March 2018 Issue
2018 NMA Convention and Scientific Assembly
Register Today for the 116th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, to be held August 11th through August 15th in Orlando, Florida.

Visit at convention website at for additional details
NMA Hosts 2018 National Colloquium on
African-American Health
The 19th Annual Colloquium on African American Health was a powerful and productive event.

Continuing with the theme "The Urgency of Now: Creating a Culture of Health Equity"health experts from across the country joined together to address pressing issues facing patients, health care providers, and community leaders.

The event kicked off with a welcome reception where guests enjoyed an evening filled with food, fun, and fellowship. Throughout the weekend participants were able to engage in informative sessions focused on implementing action-oriented solutions geared to improve health outcomes for minority populations nationally. 

Important panels that took place during Colloquium include: "Health Equity as a Civil Rights Issue" featuring NAACP President Derrick Johnson and National Urban League Senior VP for Policy Don Cravins, and "State and Local Perspective Policy Panel" featuring Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Keynote speakers included media personality Roland Martin, Atlantic writer Van Newkirk, and POLITICO Health Care Editor Adriel Bettelheim. 

Additionally, our signature NMA awards were presented to leaders in health equity. The President’s Award was presented to Tracy M. Walton, Jr., M.D. Past President and Chairmen of the Board of Trustees and Mae S. Walton, B.S. Past President and Chair Board of Trustees, Auxiliary to the National Medical Association. The James M. Whittico, Jr., M.D. Community Advocate Award was presented to Patricia A. Davidson, M.D, and The Louis Stokes Health Advocacy Award and Distinguished Speaker was presented to Camara P. Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

The event closed with Capital Hill Day sponsored by Pfizer. NMA members rallied together to advocate for health equity on Capitol Hill by participating in congressional visits and hearings. 
Assessing Health Equity Activities in Health Systems 
We need your input in helping us to inform the National Action Plan for Health Equity. Please click on the following link to the “Assessing Health Equity Activities in Health Systems” survey. (done in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine)

Harriet Tubman's Legacy Inspires Black Women to Take 100 Mile Journey on Foot
NMA President Dr. Doris Browne was recently featured in an NBC News article discussing GirlTrek's movement to urge black women to engage in "radical self-care" through exercise and civic engagement.

NMA Member Dr. Edwin Chapman Featured in NPR Story on the Opioid Crisis
The current drug addiction crisis began in rural America, but it’s quickly spreading to urban areas and into the African-American population in cities across the country.

“It’s a frightening time,” says Dr. Edwin Chapman, who specializes in drug addiction in Washington, D.C., “because the urban African-American community is dying now at a faster rate than the epidemic in the suburbs and rural areas.”

Dr. Chapman is on the front line of the opioid epidemic crippling his community in the Northeast section of Washington. He heads the Medical Home Development Group, a clinic specializing in addiction medicine.

NMA Member Dr. Melissa M. Freeman Featured on ABC News Black History Month Profile
In honor of Black History Month, abc7NY is profiling significant contributors to the African American community.

Dr. Melissa M. Freeman is a 91-year-old medical doctor who is on the front lines in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Freeman finished medical school in 1955 and has practiced medicine since 1961.

The Bronx native is also the granddaughter of a slave in Virginia. Her maternal grandfather, Albert B. Walker, was separated from his mother at the age of 7. When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, he was told he could return to his mother.

Her grandfather later moved north to New York City, where Dr. Freeman's parents eventually bought the home she where grew up in the Willamsbridge section of the Bronx.

The American College of Rheumatology and KDH Research & Communication invite you to participate in a pilot survey test
Are you a health care provider?

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and KDH Research & Communication (KDHRC) invite you to participate in a pilot survey test that will inform the evaluation of educational materials for health care providers to increase minority participation in lupus clinical trials. The project, entitled Materials to Increase Minority Involvement in Clinical Trials (MIMICT) includes two toolkits – a distribution toolkit for clinical trial site and an educational toolkit for providers. 

The ACR seeks health care providers (MDs, DOs, PAs, NPs, RNs) to participate in a pilot survey test.

Participants will be asked to (1) complete an online survey and participate in a phone interview, or (2) complete an online survey. Participation should take between 45 and 90 minutes. Participants will receive $20-$40 for participation. All information collected during these interviews and surveys will be kept confidential.

If you are interested in participating, please contact: Kelsi Jackson at or 404-968-8013. You may also visit: 

Join Us For The Climate & Health Solutions Conference
Please join your colleagues for the Climate
& Health Solutions Conference  to be held at the George Mason University Founders Hall in Arlington, Virginia on April 9-10 (Ballston/Virginia Square Metro).

Conference sessions will provide updates on: 

  • Climate change health impacts (including, air pollution, adverse childhood events, and the Lancet Count Down)
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of the health sector
  • Policy solutions to climate change
  • How to communicate with policymakers about climate and health.  

The meeting includes CME/CE credits. Visits to Congressional Offices to educate the members will be available on the afternoon of April 10th.  

The visits are planned in cooperation with the American Lung Association. The conference is hosted by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health (Consortium), a group of 20 member medical societies, including The National Medical Association and 24 affiliates (health and science based organizations). 

National Youth HIV AIDS Awareness Day – April 10th
National Youth HIV AIDS Awareness Day is dedicated to educating the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on youth, and highlights the work youth do to strengthen the fight against the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

The NMA is moving full steam ahead in the fight against HIV and AIDS! We are proud to announce our partnership with the African American Health Program(AAHP) in Silver Spring, MD. The AAHP’s mission is to eliminate health disparities and improve the number and quality of years of life for African Americans and people of African descent in Montgomery County, MD.

Just ahead of National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, AAHP will be sponsoring a health fair at Montgomery College, Takoma Park campus, where they will be offering BMI, blood pressure, and glucose screenings, as well as HIV testing. At last month’s event, 70 people were screened, and over 30 people were tested for HIV! #DoingIt

We’re looking forward to another successful event on Thursday, April 5th from 10am – 3pm.
Region I 2018 Annual Meeting
Region II Annual Meeting
Region III & V 2018 Annual Meeting
 Region IV 2018 Annual Meeting
              MAY 4 - 6, 2018

More Details to Follow!
Region VI 2018 Annual Meeting

NMA Region VI will hold its annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV April 5-8th, 2018. This meeting will address health equity, vulnerable populations, and environmental health closing the gaps.

SLS Las Vegas Hotel
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
April 5-8, 2018

In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved members of the NMA community. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families during these difficult times. 

Tracy M. Walton, Jr., MD
NMA Past President and Past Speaker, House of Delegates
Andrea S. Bin-Walee
Sister of Past NMA President Javette Orgain, MD

Mrs. June Marie Crawford
Mrs. Dorothy Jean Smith
Past ANMA Board Members
NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program Now Accepting Applications!
Residents, fellows, postdoctoral scientists, and early stage investigators interested in academic medicine are encouraged to apply. Award incudes participation in a two day academic career development workshop and provides support for travel, hotel, and registration for selected applicants to attend the 2018 NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Orlando, FL. 

Application deadline is April 15, 2018. 

Save The Date
Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill
Registration is now open for the 21st annual Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill (#AADCH2018) on Wednesday, May 9 in Washington, D.C.
Join us as we advocate on behalf of patients and families and meet 1-on-1 with members of Congress and their staff. Among key topics at this year's AADCH: asthma health disparities and access to care.
Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill
May 9, 2018
Advocacy Training and Breakfast: Prepare for Congressional visits and review key issues.
Congressional Visits: Meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. (Allergy & Asthma Network staff will schedule meetings according to participants' home districts.)
Congressional Lunch Briefing: Engage with the members of the Congressional Asthma & Allergy Caucus, patient advocates and health care leaders on key policy issues. (List of speakers is coming soon!) The briefing will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168 (Gold Room), 75 C Street SW, Washington, D.C.
Networking Reception: Meet with fellow advocates, healthcare professionals and industry leaders.
Allergy & Asthma Network has secured a block of rooms at Kimpton Hotel Palomar DC (2121 P Street NW, Washington, DC). Book your room now or call 877.866.3070 and ask for the Allergy & Asthma Network room block.
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Our very own Dr. Aletha Maybank, Vice President of ESMA, will be participating in the 8th Annual Stars of New York Dance Competition on Friday, November 17 at 7pm at the Kumble Theater honoring Malik Yoba and hosted by Errol Louis of NY 1 News.

Seven Dancing Stars competing to win $5,000 for his or her dance partner's dance company to provide free dance education and training to children of color who come from low-income families in New York City so that they reach their full potential.