The primary goal of HPREP is to increase minority presence in the health professions. Minority health professionals and medical students lecture to high school students to expose them to different health careers.
The purpose of this program is to increase exposure of minority and underrepresented middle school students to careers in the allied health professions.
YSEP targets minority elementary students to stimulate their interest in the sciences and health professions. Medical students lecture on different organ systems and students then find information on diseases affecting these systems using the Internet and present their findings to their peers.
Minority Men in Medicine (MMM)
Minority Men in Medicine is an organization dedicated to addressing the lack of minority men in health professional fields. Founded at UNC School of Medicine in 2009, MMM has made great strides in connecting current and future health care professionals with the goal of making the medical field more inclusive and representative of all people served. Providing mentorship through networking events, leadership development through community engagement, and build a community through fellowship, MMM brings undergraduate, graduate, health care professional students and professionals together to motivate, guide, and prepare the next generation of health professionals.
Minority Women in Medicine (MWM)
Minority Women in Medicine is an organization dedicated to addressing the lack of minority women in health professional fields. Founded at UNC School of Medicine in 2012, MWM creates programming and opportunities for underrepresented women in medicine to build social capital through engagement with current professionals, as well provide mentorship and support to pre-health students. With a strong emphasis on mentorship, community service, and leadership development, MWM strives to connect undergraduate, graduate, health care professional students and professionals together to motivate, guide, and prepare the next generation of health professionals.
MAPS: Minority Association of Pre-Health Students
The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, or MAPS, represents the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students of the Student National Medical Association. UNC SNMA is proud to support the UNC chapter of MAPS as well as partner with other area MAPS chapters to host networking events, professional development workshops, and academic seminars.
To uphold the goal of SNMA, the Community Service committee holds blood pressure screenings and a health fair to increase the awareness of preventable minority health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and HIV.
Each month, SNMA holds a round table discussion where house staff and physicians speak. These discussions expose students to different medical specialties, and foster interactions that help create a support network between medical students and area physicians.
Annual Zollicoffer Lecture & Banquet
The Zollicoffer lecture was established in 1981 to celebrate the legacy of diversity at UNC School of Medicine. Established in honor of the fourth African-American student to graduate from UNC School of Medicine, Lawrence Zollicoffer, MD, the Zollicoffer Lecture features a nationally recognized minority physician who highlights issues surrounding health disparities or health equity. This lectureship heralds nearly four decades of African-American presence at UNC School of Medicine. The Zollicoffer Banquet is held the evening of the lecture to honor the speaker as well as the recipient of the Zollicoffer-Cross Community Health Fellowship and recognize Living Legends among the medical school community. UNC SNMA is proud to sponsor the annual SNMA Silent Auction each year during the banquet to support a chosen community service organization or project.
The Fundraising committee raises funds to support all the programs and activities that SNMA sponsors throughout the academic year. This committee also raises money for local charities for the benefit of the local community.