Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is a national organization founded in 1964 as the student arm of the National Medical Association. In 1971 SNMA became a nationally independent organization focused on the need to produce competent and committed physicians with a desire to work in underserved communities. Currently, SNMA brings together students committed to the health and well-being of underserved populations with a focus on clinical care, academic medicine and service. In 1994, SNMA members founded the Imani Clinic, a student-run facility that provides health care to the Oak Park and South City communities of Sacramento on a weekly basis.
Our Chapter Goals:
- To foster community between minority medical students and provide opportunities for student mentorship with faculty/physicians.
- To address community health needs through outreach and volunteering in the community.
- To encourage minorities to pursue medical education and highlight the importance of cultural competency in medicine.
Student Run Clinics
Imani is a Swahili word meaning faith and it symbolizes the hope students wish to foster within the African-American community. The clinic was established in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento in 1994 after students became concerned about the staggering and persistent morbidity and mortality rates among African-Americans from hypertension, heart disease, cancer and inadequate prenatal care.