African American Doctors Improving Health in the I.E.
Happy Holidays! With the season of giving upon us, many people are feeling stressed and anxious about what President-elect Donald Trump could mean for America. Many of you are wondering what you can do to cope and move forward.
With the looming uncertainty and politically motivated attacks on the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) Medicare and healthcare in general, consider making your voice count by making a tax deductible donation to the J.W. Vines Medical Society, Inc., a component of the National Medical Association. It’s easy. Donate through the J.W. Vines Foundation a non profit 501(c)3 online at www.vinesmedical.org or contact by calling (951) 888-0611.
The Vines Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 6 organization representing African American physicians in the Inland Empire and High Desert since 1987. I had the personal honor of serving as the organization’s president from 1994 to 2000.
The Vines’ commitment and credo is to provide mentoring and educational opportunities for African American Students desiring careers in the medical and health science professions. Our organization sponsors the Elma Vines Summer Health Academy, Haiti Medical Mission Trip, and the African Americans United in Science, at University of California, Riverside.
Our members are actively involved in our mentorship programs and community speaker bureaus. We support and advocate important issues such as equal opportunity education, the development and retention of African American physicians and improving the overall quality of patient care and education in the Inland Empire.
As medical doctors, we obviously can extend our expertise to those who are less fortunate and do not have consistent access to health care, wrote Anthony Fenison, M.D. president of the Vines Society in his 2016 holiday greeting.
“We need to participate in organized medicine and make sure that individuals who are in a position to affect policy have some of our interests at heart,” said Fenison.
As you can see the Vines Medical Society is trying to impact health disparities across California focusing on Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and anything you can offer to support the organization’s programs will help.
The election is over, but there are ways you can help move our communities and nation forward. Please help the Vines continue its mission of improving health disparities and providing a voice in the tough conversation about health in Black America. Thank you!