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Community & Public Health

Collaborative Activism Towards the Promotion of
Health! Education, Policy, Action

Join us in improving public health education at your school and advancing the health of your community through policy action. The Community and Public Health Action Committee is dedicated to:

  • Engaging premedical and medical students to educate their schools and communities about important public health issues.
  • Empowering future physicians with knowledge about social determinants of health and environmental factors.
  • Encouraging chapters to develop and execute local programming to promote primary care.

Get Involved

Community Healers Inspiring Tomorrow (CHIT) Chat Series
Join us for our monthly webinar jointly hosted by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). These webinars run monthly throughout the academic year, focusing on a wide range of preventive medicine topics.

"Nutrition-Applying the Dietary Guidelines to Patient Care" (May 2014)
Amber L. Mosher, MPH, RD (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services) and David Wu, MD, MS (Univ of MD, Preventive Medicine Residency program) provide an overview of the history, purpose and development of the Dietary Guidelines, as well as applications to patient care.

Not able to attend? View our webinar archives.

  • National Primary Care Week (October 2014)
    National Primary Care WeekNational Primary Care Week (NPCW) is an annual event to highlight the importance of primary care and bring health care professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care, particularly its impact on and importance to underserved populations.

  • Food Day
    The purpose of Food Day is to reduce diet-related disease by promoting healthy foods, support sustainable farms and cut subsidies to big agribusiness, expand access to food and alleviate hunger, protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms, and promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids. AMSA’s goals are also to education and empowerment students to address these issues in their local communities. See how you can engage your local community.

  • Public Health Scholars Program
    The Public Health Scholars Program teaches AMSA members how to effectively work with their local community, as well as develop, implement and evaluate a local project. The program includes an in-person training session in community engagement for social justice, as well as program planning and evaluation. Students then start a year-long community engagement project in their local area, which could include their medical school class, academic institution, local community or even an issue-based national community.

  • AMSA's Legislative Action Center
    Community and Environmental Health works with national leaders to promote public health issues through legislative and issue based advocacy. Current issues include defending medicare and medicaid in the current budget negotiations, reserving antibiotic use for medical treatment, and maintaining environmental legislation and oversight to prevent future disasters such as the BP Gulf Spill. Check out our action center to contact your elected representatives about these issues.

Healthy People 2020

Healthy People 2020 provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks & monitored progress over time to:

  • Encourage collaborations across sectors.
  • Guide individuals toward making informed health decisions.
  • Measure the impact of prevention activities.

New topics introduced in 2020:

  • Adolescent Health
  • Blood Disorders and Blood Safety
  • Dementias, including Alzheimer‟s Disease
  • Early and Middle Childhood
  • Genomics
  • Global Health
  • Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being
  • Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
  • Older Adults
  • Preparedness
  • Sleep Health
  • Social Determinants of Health

Committee Leadership

Kesha BaxiKesha Baxi
Shraddha Shah

mental Health
Jenna Fox

Primary Care
Michael Strong

Public Health

Career Development

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Local Chapter Projects
Need ideas for a local project at your school? See what other chapters around the world are doing. Or submit your school's local project to share with others.