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Connecting Physician Families for Healthier Communities


AMA Alliance 95th Celebration

The AMA Alliance celebrates 95 years of connecting physician families to create healthier communities with a presentation at its Annual Meeting.

Decades of Making a Difference

1920’s
  • May 24, 1922: AMA House of Delegates approves resolution establishing the Woman’s Auxiliary to the American Medical Association
  • 60 women from 17 states attend the first annual meeting
  • First organizational publication, The Bulletin, provided to members
  • The Right Side of Caduceus official presidential pin is designed to be worn by the president and passed on to each succeeding presiding officer
  • National dues set at $5 per state
  • First Auxiliary speech to the AMA House of Delegates
1930’s
  • The First Twelve Years Women’s Auxiliary to the American Medical Association historical reference book published
  • Annual Meeting registrants from all 48 states
1940’s
  • Membership with affiliate organizations in 37 states
  • United States Federal Government National awards presented for volunteer support of price control and rationing during WWII
  • Membership dues raised from 25 cents to $1
1950’s
  • Expansion of the Auxiliary to 48 states with over 3,108,341 volunteer hours
  • Auxiliary supports the American Medical Education Foundation, now known as the AMA Foundation
1960’s
  • Influential national grassroots action network expanded
  • “Operation Coffee Cup” Auxiliary recording by Ronald Reagan supporting the King Anderson bill on Federal Health Care of The Aged
  • The Block Mother Plan for Children’s Safety program
  • Knock Out (K.O.) Polio program promoting immunizations
  • New magazine publication, MD Wife
1970’s
  • Membership open to male spouses, resident physician spouses and medical student spouses
  • First Leadership Confluence held
  • Name changes to American Medical Association Auxiliary
  • Membership dues increase from $4 to $7
1980’s
  • First Lady Nancy Reagan invites the Auxiliary to White House for “Drug Use and the Family” briefing as part of the “Just Say No” campaign
  • Auxiliary presents $1,742,931.68 to AMA Foundation from membership fundraising
  • “Days at the Capitol” held in 39 states
  • President Ronald Reagan honors AMA Auxiliary for its drug prevention programs
  • Membership dues increase to $15
1990’s
  • AMA Auxiliary officially becomes AMA Alliance
  • October 11, 1995: S.A.V.E. (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere) program launches
  • “Hands are Not For Hitting” and “I Can” health promotion series published with over a million copies distributed nationally
  • Presidents George H. Bush and William Clinton recognize AMA Alliance S.A.V.E. efforts
  • Membership dues increase to $25
2000’s
  • Expansion of S.A.V.E. program with AMA Foundation grant for 50,000 conflict resolution puzzles
  • Health promotion series adds “I Can Handle Bullies” booklet and bookmark
  • Legislative Education and Awareness Promotion (LEAP) Awards launch
  • President George W. Bush recognizes S.A.V.E. program
  • AMA Alliance joins AMA National Advisory Council focusing on prevention of violence and abuse
  • Partnership with American Legacy Foundation and grant utilization for “Screen Out” advocacy campaign for movies which include actors smoking to have an R rating
  • Membership dues increase to $50
2010’s
  • Alliance Health Education Initiative (AHEI) established to promote community health education and charitable endeavors
  • AMA Alliance Grassroots Honor Fund established in conjunction with the AMA Physicians of Tomorrow Endowment. Initial $10,000 grants awarded in 2015; one in honor of John Lovin, past AMA Alliance treasurer
  • Organizational focus on the physician family
  • Launch of Alliance in Motion and Physician Family magazines
  • National advocacy partnership with AMA addressing opioid misuse epidemic and physician burnout
  • Centennial Club invites members to propel the AMA Alliance into the future