Building the Future
Our primary goal is to achieve equity of opportunity in medicine and equity of access to quality healthcare for all groups in American society by increasing the number of minority physicians and changing the face of medicine to better reflect and serve our diverse nation.
Today NMF is more than its programs; its impact extends beyond this year’s NMF scholarship winners and next year’s applicants. NMF is also an organization with nearly 30,000 alumni who are physicians and physician leaders. These alumni are themselves part of a network of committed individuals and organizations that support NMF’s mission.
In 2011, NMF published its first Alumni Directory, and began systematically to reach out to alumni across the US. With support from Kaiser Permanente, who provided encouragement and a generous planning grant, NMF began to conceive of a network of alumni who will be active partners in our programs, mentors to our students, donors and supporters of our events, and a voice for NMF in their own communities and nationally. In the coming years NMF will expand its special events programs in key alumni areas and provide new opportunities for interaction among NMF alumni and friends, using both traditional and new social media channels. NMF has already increased its presence in Chicago, the first home of NMF, and now home to more than 670 of its alumni; in 2012 we opened an NMF Chicago office, in space generously donated by the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. NMF now has a headquarters in New York City, and a regional offices in Chicago, New Orleans and soon Los Angeles. As part of our future we envision an NMF National Alumni Council that will draw from all geographic regions, all medical practice specialties, and academic, corporate, and philanthropy constituencies. The Council will be a platform from which NMF will forge strategic coalitions with other national organizations that support its mission.
NMF looks forward to a period of growth and creativity, drawing on generations of NMF Alumni to support the future generations of physicians who will lead this nation in its efforts to achieve diversity in the healthcare professions, and better healthcare for all.