Public Health Awareness
Building healthy communities is a high priority for the AMA Alliance. Recognizing the impact of lifestyle choices on health and wellness, we promote exercise, good nutrition, work-life balance, and awareness of other factors that influence wellness. We are especially mindful of the stresses on physician families and the epidemic of physician burnout. Working together as a team with our members and carefully selected partners, we can make a difference and have a greater impact in our communities and at the national level with user-ready health awareness projects and resources.
Current initiatives include:
- Opioid Misuse and Addiction Prevention Opioid drug misuse has become a major epidemic in the United States. Recognizing this as a national health crisis, the AMA Alliance, in collaboration with the American Medical Association, is currently focused on educating physician families and our communities about the causes, dangers, and treatments of opioid misuse and addiction. For more information and resources so you can be part of the solution National Opioid Initiative follow this link.
- Physician Stress and Burnout Among the nation’s physicians, stress and burnout are rapidly becoming an epidemic. Nearly half of physicians are experiencing symptoms of burnout, which impacts not only the physician, but the physician’s family and patients. The AMA Alliance has developed a non-diagnostic quiz for physicians and families to help identify the symptoms of burnout; our Physician Burnout page also provides current resources, including links to modules developed by the AMA. Click here for more information. Additionally, Physician Family Magazine has dedicated issues to balance, burnout and resilience and regularly features relevant content. Click here for more at that website.
- Stop America’s Violence Everywhere (S.A.V.E.) The S.A.V.E. initiative to “Stop America’s Violence Everywhere” was launched by the AMA Alliance in June 1995. Alliances across the country recognized the toll that violence was taking in their communities, so the national organization responded with the largest health promotion project undertaken by our membership. Over 700 anti-violence programs were developed, covering a broad spectrum of activities implemented by county and state affiliates. This success was recognized in 2005 by President George W. Bush commemorating the 10th Anniversary of National S.A.V.E. Day. For more information and resources so you can be part of the solution follow this link.
- Health Promotion Policy Grants The AMA Alliance Health Promotion Policy Grants provide seed money to county and state alliances so they can implement a new program or activity inspired by AMA Alliance health policies. Currently there are a limited number of $100-$250 grants available. Projects should provide ongoing opportunities to build healthier communities in conjunction with the AMA Alliance. For more information and resources so you can be part of the solution follow this link.
- Disaster Relief – In each of our respective communities, there are reputable organizations providing help and assistance to those that are currently in need. We understand that the giving of time, money or other resources is personal and often emotional. The AMA Foundation’s “Physician Disaster Recovery Fund,” along with many local nonprofits, are all options for those who are looking for ways to help.