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Become a Friend of the Foundation today and take advantage of a year-end tax deduction

The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation invites you to join its mission to improve the health of people throughout California. For over 50 years, the Foundation has been working to improve individual and community health by providing a vital link between physicians and their communities. By launching groundbreaking efforts, such as tobacco education in the mid-1990s, the CMA Foundation has centered itself as a leader in improving the health of Californians and highlighting the great work physicians do in their practices and for their communities. Every dollar of your donation ...

CMA Foundation Celebrates "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week"

The week of November 16-22, 2015, is "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" – a campaign to highlight the problem of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Every year at least 2 million Americans become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die from these infections. This cold and flu season, the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) project reminds physicians and patients to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics. AWARE is a long-term project of the California Medical ...

Gala tickets still available!

Join the California Medical Association (CMA) and the CMA Foundation at the 19th Annual President’s Reception and Awards Gala, Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa in Anaheim, immediately following CMA’s annual House of Delegates session that day. Honored at the event will be Steven Larson, M.D., incoming CMA president; David Folsom, M.D., recipient of the Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Leadership Achievement Award; and Michael Lenoir, M.D., recipient of the Adarsh S. Mahal, M.D., Access to Health Care and Disparities Award. Individual tickets and tables of ...

Sugar-sweetened drinks responsible for 25,000 U.S. deaths each year

Research published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, concluded that sugary beverages cause the deaths of 25,000 Americans each year through their contributions to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Globally, sugary drinks contribute to 180,000 deaths each year, with the highest death rate in Mexico. The U.S. ranked second. The study’s authors examined beverage consumption through national dietary surveys gathered by 51 countries from 1980 to 2010. After estimating how sugar-sweetened beverages contribute toward obesity, and how obesity contributes toward various diseases, the researchers were able to conclude ...

CMA Foundation awards 8 new Medical Student Community Leadership Grants

The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation's Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program supports health-related educational, advocacy, community service and other outreach programs that enhance the well-being of California communities. Grant applications are reviewed on a semi-annual basis; the next application deadline is October 30, 2015. The CMA Foundation is proud to announce eight exciting newly-funded programs! MedDiction.com – Medical Student Resource and Dictionary: Students at the UCSF School of Medicine will be creating a simple medical dictionary and medical education resource site that caters specifically to medical ...

CMA Foundation's 2015 Leadership Awards: Call for nominations

The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation and its Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) are seeking nominations for the 2015 Leadership Awards, which celebrate the efforts of extraordinary individuals and organizations who make a difference in the health of Californians. The four awards include: The Ethnic Physician Leadership Award This award recognizes an individual physician for his or her contributions toward the health of various ethnic communities, who has shown great success in eliminating health disparities, addressing access to care, and improving cultural competency and patient advocacy. The purpose of the award ...

CMA Foundation grant applications for medical students due May 29

The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation has released its bi-annual request for proposals for the Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program. Through this program, the CMA Foundation provides grants to California medical student organizations to support innovative health-related programs. Grants for a one-year project range in amounts from $250-$1,000 and are awarded to programs that focus on education, advocacy, community service and other outreach efforts to creatively enhance the wellbeing of California communities. Applications must be submitted by May 29, 2015, to Veronica Ramirez. For more information about the Medical Student ...

CMA Foundation releases adult vaccine schedule

To help physicians answer questions posed by the recent measles outbreak in California and to educate adult patients about their vaccination needs, the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation has release an adult vaccine schedule that physicians can hand out during patient visits. Many adults may be skipping vaccinations for a variety of conditions, leaving them susceptible to disease. For example, the tetanus vaccine can prevent a deadly bacterial toxin. While adults should get a booster every 10 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last week that ...

CMA Foundation launches free antibiotic clinical guidelines mobile app

The week of November 17-23, 2014, is "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" – a campaign to highlight the problem of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Every year at least 2 million Americans become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die from these infections. This cold and flu season, the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) project reminds physicians and patients to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics. To assist physicians and other clinicians in these efforts, ...

CMA Foundation names Lisa Folberg as new president/CEO

Sacramento – After nine years of service at the California Medical Association (CMA), Lisa Folberg has been tapped to head up the CMA Foundation. She replaces Carol Lee, who retired late in 2013.   The CMA Foundation, dedicated to improving individual and community health through partnerships between leaders in medicine, health care stakeholders and community based organizations, was established in 1963 as a subsidiary of CMA.   “I am thrilled to be joining the CMA Foundation,” said Folberg. “The work the CMA Foundation does in public health, access to care and improving quality ...