Dr. Weather Looks Back On A Busy Year As NMA President

Dr-Leonard-Weather-Photo.JPG(BlackDoctor.org) — Looking back at his term as NMA president, Leonard Weather, RPh, MD, made an off-hand comment that best describes both his year in office and what the association did during the past year: “We had a mountain of success.”

Last August, shortly after taking office, Dr. Weather, traveled to Australia as part of the NMA’s Global Health Initiative, and a week before this year’s NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, he returned from Rwanda after a trip for the same program.

Those trips are bookends for his library of work on behalf of the NMA that included supporting the implementation of health system reform, starting We Stand With You — a campaign to show the association supports patients — and establishing task forces dealing with mentorship for young physicians, obesity, environmental health and HIV.

Sprinkle in writing columns for Trice Edney Wire News, blackdoctor.org and daily appearances on Radio One to discuss health issues that affect African-Americans, and Dr. Weather had an exceptional year.

“The high point of the year was the fact that we were able to have tremendous presence at the White House and were able to communicate with the staff at the White House about health care reform as it was being implemented,” Dr. Weather said. “We had an extraordinary number of accomplishments related to the processes in terms of doing this, which moved us to communicate with a coalition of 17 other health care professional organizations.