The evolution of ANPA continues in a positive direction from its modest beginnings 25 years ago. The strategies to achieve our mission and vision have continued to be adapted especially given the challenges in Nigeria. In the US, we have leaders and members at the chapter and national levels who have “leaned in” to actualize the ANPA goals.The younger ones including the Distinguished Nigeria Physicians of tomorrow(DNPT) are buying into the ANPA journey. We need them to succeed, and pivot toward an effective consortium of professionals in the Diaspora that embraces both worlds.
Strategic partnerships with the Federal Ministry of Health(FMOH), Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria(MDCN), National Universities Commission(NUC), Nigeria Medical Association(NMA), Medical Association Nigerians Across Great Britain(MANSAG), Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists, (NAPPSA) , National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) continue to evolve and shape us.
Growth, thus is necessary to be able to continue the cycle of development and actualize delineated goals. To do so Communication is key – within and without to help internally and externally broadcast the vision. In business communication as such helps drive sales and increase revenue. Nonprofit communication aims to inspire members to engage and motivate them toward purpose driven actions.
Communication is the basis of effective relationships. Our relationship with the media has helped communicate the vision and broaden our appeal. Collaborations with other entities within medicine like CDC, ECFMG, and without ; local governments as in during our convention, NGOs, financal and legal institutions have helped foster our goals, develop our brand as we continue to grow. Expanding our base of expertise, engaging the strengths of our Board, soliciting input as the general landscape changes are all what I see continues to make us continue to evolve.
ANPA has been in the fore of the diaspora initiative to improve health care in the Nigerian- wherever they may be, inclusive of the communities we live in. So, ANPA at 25 begs the question, what can we do to continue to better health care in Nigerian individually and collectively in the years and decades ahead? There is no doubt that the “sameness” of approach needs some “touch up”. We’ll get there.
Michael Etomi, MD,MPH,FASN
ANPA President 2012-2014.