NAMME History

The National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc. (NAMME) was established in 1975 by a group of educators concerned about the shortage of minority health care providers. It was paramount that an organization be established to address important issues impacting minority students.

Founding members met at Howard University to discuss the feasibility of establishing an organization to address these concerns and mechanisms for ensuring access to health professions training programs. Institutions instrumental in the founding of NAMME include the following:

  • Howard University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bowman Gray School of Medicine
  • Georgetown University
  • Temple University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Hahnemann University
  • Rutgers University
  • Tufts University
  • SUNY Downstate
  • Tulane University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • New York University
  • Washington University School of Medicine

The first NAMME National Conference, held in Houston, Texas, in September 1976, was hosted by Texas Southern University and Baylor College of Medicine. The Constitution and By-laws were established during this conference. Dr. Charles Ireland, Temple University College of Medicine, was named the First President.

Since that time, NAMME has grown into a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization with significant representation from all aspects of health professions education. The organization has members representing health professions institutions across the country, and continues to attract members from all health disciplines.


NAMME is a national organization dedicated to developing and sustaining productive relationships as well as action-oriented programs among national, state, and community stakeholders working to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in all of the health professions. NAMME also seeks to provide critical guidance and professional development opportunities for individuals dedicated to these efforts and the students they serve.

NAMME Vision Statement

NAMME visualizes itself as the lead organization in providing informational resources, training and advocacy to stakeholders working to insure diversity in the health professions. Our efforts will serve as a foundation to strengthen academic preparation and access to health professions education for individuals who are members of historically underrepresented groups, and those who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged. NAMME expects its efforts to ultimately contribute to the reduction of health disparities wherever they exist and to reduce the incidence of poor health outcomes among the underserved.



  • Attract, support and retain members working to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in all health professions

Student Outreach and Development

  • Provide critical guidance to students seeking access to health profession programs across the country

Partnership Development

  • Establish critical relationships with like-minded organizations to further enhance the impact of NAMME mission

Branding /Marketing

  • Establish an effective organizational footprint – working to insure racial and ethnic diversity in all of the health professions

NAMME Conference

The Conference will bring together educators, administrators, clinicians, students, and policymakers across the health disciplines. Within workshops, plenary sessions, and panel discussion, conference participants will be exposed to best-practices from experts in the field, participate in evidence-based thought provoking discussions and will leave with clear take-a- ways that they can implement in their current work environments.

College Student Development Program and Recruitment Fair

The College Student Development Program includes a half or full day of workshops and recruitment session for undergraduate students. The Program normally includes a motivational speaker, workshops focusing on admissions and application procedures, preparation for standardized examinations, and offers suggestions on how to access, understand and navigate various financial aid processes.

NAMME Scholarship

Created in 1995, the NAMME Scholarship is awarded annually to underrepresented minority students who have completed the first year of health professions training. Nominated students are selected based upon their academic record, community service, financial need, and personal statements. The amount and number of scholarships varies. For more information, check out our website at


42nd Annual National Conference


“Working to Increase a Diverse and Inclusive Health Professions Workforce: Partnership through Communication and Collaboration”


September 20 – 24, 2017 Hilton Long Beach, CA



  • Platinum Level Sponsors
  • Gold Level Sponsors
  • Student Development Program and Recruitment Fair Sponsors
  • Silver Level Sponsors
  • Meal Sponsors
  • Student Scholarship and Awards Reception Sponsor
  • Welcome Reception and Poster Session Sponsor
  • Conference Meal Sponsor
  • Break Sponsors

Have Sponsorship or Scholarship Questions:

Please contact Denita Braswell, at:


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