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American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) (

Formed in 1985, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest and only full-service member driven national professional organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. With approximately 22,500 individual members and over 127 group members, AANP represents the interest of over 120,000 NPs. AANP has steadily expanded its services and priorities to meet its mission to serve as a resource for NPs, their patients and other health care consumers; to promote excellence in practice, education and research; to advance health policy and establish health care standards; and to advocate for access to quality and cost effective health care by NPs. AANP is a leader in a wide range of coalitions, alliances and partnerships - working with groups within nursing as well as other disciplines and industry. The AANP Network for Research (AANPNR) is a developing practice-based national network of AANP members for collaboration on research topics to further enhance NP practice.

The mission of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, as a member-driven organization, is to: Promote excellence in NP practice, education and research;

  • Shape the future of healthcare through advancing health policy;
  • Serve as the source of information for NPs, the healthcare community and consumers;
  • Build a positive image of the NP role as a leader in the national and global healthcare community.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) (

AAPA Mission:
The mission of the American Academy of Physician Assistants is to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care, and to promote the professional and personal development of physician assistants.

AAPA Vision:
Physician assistants will be worldwide leaders vital to providing and improving the medical care of all people.

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) (

The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is an organization of women physicians, medical students and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women's health and the advancement of women in medicine. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. As women in medicine increase in numbers, new problems and issues arise that were not anticipated. AMWA has been addressing these issues for 93 years.

AMWA vision:
The American Medical Women’s Association empowers women to lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women.

AMWA mission:
The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.

Since 2005 AMWA offers education program “Alcohol Awareness Initiative” which can be accessed at and online CME course “Alcohol 101” to its members at

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (
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The Distilled Spirits Council is the national trade association representing America’s leading distillers and nearly 80% of all distilled spirits brands sold in this country. Over the years, the Council has served as the distillers’ voice on policy and legislative issues in our nation’s capital, state capitals and foreign capitals worldwide. Our strong commitment to responsibility is the foundation of everything we do as an organization and as an industry.

The distillers’ efforts to combat alcohol abuse and encourage responsibility have spanned decades. For example, support of continuing education credits for physicians and other health care professionals for programs on alcohol abuse and responsible consumption, outreach through partnerships with health care professionals on programs to prevent and reduce alcohol abuse, and public/private partnerships to disseminate the alcohol guideline from the Dietary Guidelines. The distillers are proud of their longstanding commitment to social responsibility and will continue to lead the way in this important effort.

National Medical Association (NMA) (

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 National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. The NMA is a 501(c) (3) national professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 25,000 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 the National Medical Association 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.

Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals a Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association (NEHP/ADA)

The American Dietetic Association is the nation's largest organization (more than 67,000 members) of food and nutrition professionals. ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being. ADA members are the nation's food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.

Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (NEHP) is a dynamic network of professionals providing nutrition education for medical, dental, nursing, and other allied health students, residents and practitioners. According to Roger Shewmake, PhD, LN, past-chair, the group offers an environment for interaction with other educators, opportunities for professional growth and a forum for developing curricula for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing nutrition education. Members enjoy networking opportunities year-round through the NEHP electronic mailing list which also ensures members have up-to-date information from the practice group. Members also have an annual education/networking opportunity at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) (

The Society was founded in 1967 to respond to the needs of family medicine educators. STFM is dedicated to improving the health of all people through education, research, patient care, and advocacy.

Strategic goals of STFM are:

  • Faculty Development: To provide premier academic development of faculty appropriate to their level of experience and individual roles.
  • Celebrate Diversity, Eliminate Disparity: To advocate for social justice to improve health care for all people.
  • Quality Improvement: To improve the quality of care provided by family physicians through education and research.
  • Role of the Family Physician: To lead the process to define the most effective roles and responsibilities of family physicians in the evolving health care system.
Information Technology: To explore, incorporate, and teach advances in information technology appropriate for family medicine.