The following opportunities are sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians. If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact Director of Events and Foundation Programs Kaitlin McGuffie.
AAFP/AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Interest Group Funding Initiative
Each August, FMIGs at all U.S. allopathic medical schools and branch campuses are eligible for a $600 grant from the AAFP and the AAFP Foundation to put toward their group’s operation in whatever way they see fit. The purpose of the program is to provide crucial funding to FMIGs to work on the front lines at their colleges and enhance student interest in family medicine. Visit the AAFP website for details and an application.
Sandy Hook Promise
The mission of Sandy Hook Promise is to prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide, and accidental discharge so that no other patent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child.
The following programs are simple to implement in your community:
- Start with Hello encourages a culture of inclusion and connectedness
- Say Something trains children and teens to recognize signs, especially in social media, of someone who may be a threat to them self or others and to say something to a trusted adult.
For free materials and more information, visit the Sandy Hook Promise website.
Sponsored by the AAFP, Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students and is a great community service opportunity for your FMIG. The program is designed to teach children about the short-term health effects and image-based consequences of tobacco use, and about being tobacco free by providing them tools to make positive decisions regarding their health and promote personal responsibility for their well-being.
FMIG members can choose to participate in this program by contacting an elementary school and scheduling a presentation and/or finding other community groups such as Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, etc. to present to.
All presentation materials, power points, handouts, etc. are available on the Tar Wars website.