Photo: Installation of AMCS Officers. From left to right: Myrna Carter-Taylor, Dr. Beverly Anderson (Ph.d), Myrna Chapman, Laura Tompkins, Christine Williams, Lady Marie Hammonds, Dr. Melvin Williams
We Are AMCS
We are here not for income, but for outcome
The Auxiliary to the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia (AMCS) is a non-profit corporation consisting of spouses of members of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Washington, District of Columbia (Med-Chi). Med-Chi is the local affiliate of the National Medical Association, which represents the interests of more than 45,000 African-American physicians in the United States and the United States Virgin Islands. AMCS is an affiliate of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association (ANMA).
The mission of AMCS, Inc. is to: Educate the public on health matters and issues affecting the African-American community, aid in the relief of issues related to health matters in the African-American community, assist Med-Chi, and provide financial support to medical school students and students in other health-related areas.
As a local affiliate of the ANMA, AMCS works closely with other affiliates of ANMA to plan and implement programs annually that focus on health issues affecting African-Americans. AMCS has planned and executed numerous successful programs to improve the health of African-Americans in the Washington, DC area. The AMCS has acquired an impressive history of fulfilling its mission of supporting Med-Chi and of providing a host of health services, community health education activities, and scholarship assistance to worthy medical school students. Becoming formally organized in 1937, over the years, AMCS has expanded its affiliations for program alignment and implementation to include: National Black Child Development, United Negro College Fund, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Medical Association, Children’s Defense Fund, and the Black Women’s Agenda.
Throughout the years, AMCS has also worked with numerous public and private corporations, community and service organizations, and foundations in a host of activities. These activities include:
- Men’s Health Program designed to improve prostate health and reduce the incidence of HIV in Washington, DC, funded by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield;
- Healthy Children’s Program in partnership with the Mayor’s (Washington, DC) Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Development to provide inoculations and health education to parents, funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation;
- Medicare Part D Program in partnership with Howard University Hospital to enable seniors to make an informed decision about applying for Part D and the Delta Housing Corporation to enable seniors to make an informed decision about applying for Part D and to enroll qualified seniors who decide to do so, funded by ANMA through a grant from AstraZeneca and AARP;
- Women’s Health Program focusing on Triple Negative Breast Cancer, funded by Pfizer Foundation;
- AMCS of DC Leadership Luncheon to expand the programmatic capacity of AMCS, jointly funded by Chartered Health and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield;
- Seminars on drug use and abuse, teenage pregnancy, diet and nutrition, cancer, hypertension, men’s health, and obesity, funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation;
- Workshops on Bone Marrow Donations;
- Workshops and Environmental Protection and Emergency Preparedness;
- Youth health advocacy activities;
- Child immunizations activities to get children ‘ready for school’;
- Health screenings in area libraries, schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, businesses;
- “Doctors’ Day Celebrations” at the Howard University Hospital and the Howard University College of Medicine,
- Partnerships with Friends of AMCS, including the Cafritz Foundation and the Federal Management Corporation, to raise funds for scholarships in medicine and the arts;
- Annual scholarships presentations to students in medicine at the Howard University College of Medicine (more than $160,000.00); and
- Fundraising events for scholarships, including the popular Spring Dinner Dances and the bus trip to Atlantic City.
Because of the quality and amount of successful Auxiliary programs, AMCS has received numerous awards, including “Auxiliary of the Year” more than fifteen times by the ANMA, Incorporated at its annual national convention; the “Community Service Award” by the DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Development (MACECD), and was cited by the District of Columbia Department of Health for outstanding community health programs.