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Minnesota Chapter Wins 2021 John Tooker Evergreen Award
The John Tooker Evergreen Awards Program provides recognition and visibility to chapters that have successfully implemented programs to increase membership, improve communication, increase member involvement, enhance diversity, foster careers in internal medicine and improve management of the chapter. The Minnesota Chapter received a 2021 John Tooker Evergreen Award for their initiative, Increasing Diversity in Membership and leadership through outreach and education.
Increasing Diversity in Membership and leadership through outreach and education
The Minnesota ACP chapter has a strategic priority to increase outreach and education to improve participation and leadership development for diverse members. They defined diversity as not only by ethnicity/race, but also by rural/urban practice and international medical graduate training to reflect the increasing global health nature of internal medicine practice in both rural and urban Minnesota. For the past four years as part of their strategic plan, they have targeted outreach for membership and promotion of educational events to IMG trained internists and to rural internists who were less likely to attend the annual scientific session and meetings in Minneapolis. They also made a conscious decision to include diverse internists as presenters at the educational sessions. Having passionate advocates for expanding membership and leadership diversity on the MN-ACP Council is critical to this innovation.
Previous Evergreen Awards
- 2008 - Improving the Poster Judging Experience
- 2009 - Creating a Med-Peds Partnership: Transition and Care of the Adult with Childhood-Onset Disease
- 2012 - Peer Judging of Posters at the Annual State Chapter Meeting
- 2018 - I.M. on Tap
- Webinars/Live-streaming for Education on Opiods and Health Equity Topics
Minnesota Chapter Recognized as an Evergreen All-Star
In 1993, the Evergreen Awards Program was started as a way to recognize outstanding chapter efforts and innovation. As a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program, the Chapters Subcommittee and staff looked for a way to recognize chapters who have demonstrated a long-term engagement with the program. The criteria included that a chapter must have submitted at least 5 nominations, had at least 2 winners, and had a nominated program running for at least 3 years. The Minnesota Chapter has contributed to the growth of all chapters through their commitment to sharing successful best practices through the Evergreen program and has been recognized as an Evergreen All-Star for their achievements.
We are pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the Gold Level of the 2021 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes truly extraordinary chapters that surpass excellence in chapter management. We are in the company of 44 other outstanding chapters. In order to achieve the Gold Level of the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet twenty-one Bronze criteria, seventeen Silver criteria and multiple Gold level activities. Criteria include such activities as having a legislative action plan or agenda, holding a volunteerism/community service activity, holding multiple stand-alone meetings, having revenue sources outside of dues and meeting registration fees, implementing a strategic plan, implementing a formal recruitment and retention plan and measuring outcomes, conducting various activities for Medical Students, Residents and Early Career Physicians. we would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted us in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.