Since 1929...

...the Vanderburgh Medical Alliance (VMA) has worked to promote the health and wellness of our community. The VMA supports the families of medicine in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey and Henderson Counties. The membership of over 150 is committed to developing and implementing health-related programs in the Tri-State area.

IU School of Medicine-Evansville

For the past 15 years the Vanderurgh Medical Alliance has given two $1,000 scholarships annually to one first year and one second year medical student studying at the IU School of Medicine Evansville campus.  Additionally, an annual scholarship has been given to a graduating high school student or an undergradueate student with an interest in nursing or a pre-med field of study through the Student Financial Aid Association.   

 

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This annual fundraiser has distributed over $330,000 in the past 29 years.  Our funds are allocated to charitable, 501(c)3, organizations to be used for health-related programs in our community.  Two scholarships are also awarded to a first and a second year medical student at the IU School of Medicine, Evansville Campus.

Staying Connected

The VMA is in alliance with the Vanderburgh County Medical Society(VCMS), which monitors local, state, and national medical and legislative activities.  In addition, we network directly with our state organization, the Indiana State Medical Association-Alliance (ISMA-A), and the national organization, the American Medical Association-Alliance (AMA-A), to provide members with up-to-date medical information regarding the advancement of medicine and public health through meetings, printed newsletters, and electronic formats.

Embracing the Past

Over the past 88 years, the VMA has grown from primarily a social group to a vibrant not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.  We have a proud history of establishing and supporting innovative projects, programs and services. 

  • Philanthropic activities to benefit the AMA-Education and Research Foundation
  • Meals to the homebound that evolved into the local Meals on Wheels, Inc.
  • CPR Training for 9th grade students in Vanderburgh County
  • Para-Medical Careers Fund, interest free loan to help finance medical education/training
  • Holidays for Humanities, collecting and packing drugs for Central American missions
  • “Inside/Outside – a Medical View of the Human Body”  a year long series of museum exhibits
  • “Over the Rainbow” playground at Wesselman Park
  • “Stuffee” the 7-foot tall doll at CMoE
  • Tales and Scales “Head Strong” Residencies, school workshops in bullying prevention

Making a Difference Today

The VMA embraces our Vision Statement – To foster friendships amoung medical families and promote quality health and medical education in Southwestern Indiana.  We have recently funded: 

  • Albion Fellows Bacon Center
  • CASA
  • Chemo Buddies
  • CMOE
  • Deaconess Foundation
  • Easter Seals
  • ECHO Community Health Clinci
  • Evansville Christian Life Center
  • EVSC Medical Professional Academy
  • IU School of Medicine-Evansville Medical Service Learning Respite Program
  • Little Lambs
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Newburgh Food Pantry
  • Smile on Down Syndrome
  • SMMC Foundation
  • TOUCH
  • YWCA
For more information on applying for a grant for a health/wellness related project, contact us at vanderburghmedicalalliance@gmail.com. Applications are taken beginning in early June. 

Meals on Wheels

In 1965, “Home Delivered Meals,” now referred to as “Meals on Wheels,” came to Evansville under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church and two Vanderburgh Medical Alliance (Vanderburgh-Southwestern Medical Auxiliary) members, Mrs. Ben Woodward and Mrs. James Marvel.  The program provided nutritious meals, personal contact, and safety checks to shut-ins.

Two years later, following the trend set by the National Medical Auxiliary (AMA-Alliance) to improve home care services and provide community outreach, the Auxiliary became officially responsible for the Meals on Wheels program as a full membership project.

This was the largest community project the Auxiliary had undertaken at any time outside of war efforts.    With Mrs. Woodward’s guidance, the Auxiliary operated all aspects of the growing program for seven years.   In 1975, additional community involvement allowed Meals on Wheels to become its own entity.

In 1994 the VMA partnered with Kenny Kent to provide a new van for meal delivery and has over the years contributed generously to the Meals on Wheels program. 

In 2012 MOW delivered 27,336 meals to 299 clients and currently has 83 volunteers.  New volunteers are always needed to help drive or deliver meals to current Evansville homebound residents.

 For more information, please call MOW at 476-6521. 

 

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