Welcome to the Alliance Health Education Initiative (AHEI), a granting foundation. This website is a resource for members of the American Medical Association Alliance and other health education-oriented groups interested in seeking grants for health projects within their community. For those interested in donating to the AHEI, donations are tax- deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Our 2018 Grant recipients have been selected. Thanks to all applicants and congratulations to the awardees.

2018 AHEI Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Alliance Heath Education Initiative (AHEI) grantees. The following projects have received funding from AHEI:

Greenville County Medical Alliance ( Greenville, South Carolina) will distribute medication disposal systems around the community while educating the public on the importance of safely disposing of leftover medications, including prescription pain relievers and controlled substances. Educational materials, flyers, and bookmarks will also be created for distribution. Alliance members will work will local pharmacies to provide disposal systems as well as educational materials. The Alliance also plans to rent a booth at a local farmers market to provide disposal bags and educational materials.   Grant funds will go toward purchase of medication disposal bags. Project name: Drug Disposal Education & Action Day

AMA Alliance Opioid Initiative Committee will supply each state and county leader attending the 2018 AMA Alliance Annual Meeting with a turnkey project consisting of three pieces: 3 different power point presentations with talking points (on flash drives), 25 door hangers with educational information about pill disposal, and a drug disposal pouch. This project will be launched in October with national, local and state alliances working together to bring national attention to this issue. Project name: AMA Alliance Opioid Initiative        

Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance (Knoxville,, Tennessee) will work with the local Metro Drug Coalition to teach the Generation Rx curriculum to elementary age students in 5 schools in three targeted zip codes. One aspect of this project will be to work with the families of these students to provide prescription drug safety education, as well as a family activity to conduct an inventory of the medicine cabinets. Lock boxes will be offered to families who participate in the project to promote safe storage medications. Grant funds will go toward purchasing and printing of the curriculum. Project name: Minding Your Meds

Poe Center for Health Education (Raleigh, North Carolina) and the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance will collaborate to implement a “Drugs Uncovered” program which is a 2 hour program for adults focusing on prescription medications, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. A mock teen bedroom will provide the backdrop for this program. The program will also include information on proper disposal of prescription medications, and each participant will be given a resource packet to take home. A complementary youth program will be developed and provided to youth across the state. AHEI will partially fund the medication disposal bags used in this project. Project name: Opioid Epidemic Uncovered

Nueces County Medical Society Alliance (Corpus Christi, Texas) will provide hygiene kits, jeans and t-shirts to students in an economically disadvantaged area of Corpus Christi, TX. Many of these students live in one of the homeless shelters around the school and are migrants who leave school to pick crops in South Texas. These students are often behind in their studies when they return to school. The kits will be distributed as part of a hygiene lesson during class time. Project name: George Evans Elementary School Project

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston will develop visually-based, culturally relevant psychoeducational tools in an effort to improve mental health literacy among individuals with serious mental illness as well as their caregivers. Mental health providers will use these tools at an academic safety-net hospital serving low income, uninsured individuals in Houston, TX. Tools will include provider psychoeduational manuals, teach-back clinical support cards, and educational pamphlets for patients and family caregivers. AHEI funds will be earmarked to fund the teach back cards and the health education manuals. Project Name: Project TEACH: Using a Participatory Approach to Improve Mental Health Literacy During Psychiatric Hospitalization


While in Chicago, the AHEI Board of Trustees met for our annual transitional meeting. Many thanks to departing charter members Barb Hanas and Gay Bowman. Welcome to new Trustees KC Williams, Barb Savage and Anne Marie Hayes. We look forward to working with our AMA Alliance appointee, Mary Beth Ellison, and Cami Pond ex officio.



2018-2019 AHEI Board of Trustees

Executive Committee:
Chairman—Dinah Goldenberg (ND) 2019
Vice Chairman— Danita Horne (MS) 2020
Secretary— KC Williams (NE) 2020
Treasurer— Kirk Doan (MO) 2019
Advisor— Mary Shuman (MO) 2018

Board of Trustees:
Karen Morris (MS) 2019
Anne Marie Hayes (IL) 2020
Barbara Savage (NC) 2020
Sarah Krolicki (WI),  2021
Lynn Moon (MI), 2021
Julie Newman (MD), 2021

Mary Beth Ellison, AMA Alliance President Elect, ex officio

Council of Advisors:
Gay Bowman
Dianne Fenyk
Barb Hanas
Pat Klettke
Jo Terry