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National Medical Association


The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health. The largest and oldest organization of its kind, NMA is a 501(c) (3) national professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 30,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research, and partnerships with federal and private agencies. Throughout its history, NMA has focused primarily on health issues related to African Americans and medically underserved populations. However, its principles, goals, initiatives, and philosophy encompass all ethnic groups.

8403 Colesville Road, Suite 820
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(202) 347-1895

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Organizational membership

Representing the interests of more than 30,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve, with nearly 112 affiliated societies throughout the Nation and U.S. territories, NMA is firmly established in a leadership role in medicine.


Programmatic Goals:

  • Ensure that the disease prevention and health promotion efforts of NMA effectively address and develop successful strategies to changing lives and affecting health outcomes as they apply to African Americans and other ethnic groups in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Caribbean.
  • Promote health promotion initiatives through innovative scientific investigations and disease prevention to reduce the disproportionate burden of disease, illness, and morbidity in African Americans and other ethnic groups.
  • Develop an effective internal and external communication network related to changing lives and affecting health outcomes.

Programmatic Objectives:

  • Encourage NMA physicians to participate in health promotion and disease prevention efforts through continuing medical education, training, and other educational means with the purpose of improving health outcomes among their patients.
  • Encourage investigative research of social/behavioral approaches to reducing adverse health and healthcare indices in African Americans and other ethnic groups.
  • Increase the number of African Americans and minority students interested in and/or participating in health disparities research.
  • Enhance the quality and increase the quantity of published scientific literature related to disparate health conditions of African Americans and similar ethnic groups.
  • Develop effective internal and external provider–patient communications that address health disparities.
  • Encourage the formation of information systems that eliminate the paucity of data relating to African Americans and other ethnic groups.

Programmatic Strategic Focus Areas: NMA has identified several priority areas on which to focus its health disparities initiatives. The following represent those key areas in which the majority of our programmatic efforts take place. However, we also offer programs on other critical public health initiatives:

  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Clinical Trials
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease/Renal Failure
  • Obesity


Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly Regional Meetings:


The Journal of the National Medical Association has been published since its inception in 1909, with special emphasis placed on the application of medical science to improve health care.


Felicia Charlouis, Executive Assistant
Tel: 202–347–1895, ext. 302

Education programs

African American Outreach

Healthy Vision

Last updated: May 3, 2021