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About Us

The J.W. Vines Foundation Inc. was founded in 2001 as the philanthropic arm of the James Wesley Vines, Jr. M.D. Medical Society Inc. a component of the National Medical Association. The foundation has been designated as a 501c3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service.


A) Identify and remedy health care disparities by increasing the number of primarily African American health professionals that serve or work in underserved communities of color.

B) To increase the diversity of health care professionals in the Inland Empire


The J.W. Vines Foundation, Inc. is an organization that has the reputation for supporting students’ efforts to enter the medical and health professions and for its evolving growth into a multi-faceted entity with demonstrated success in advocating diversity through innovative approaches to education funding, recruitment, and retention.

Utilizing the network of Vines Medical Society members, the Vines Foundation provides mentoring, physician shadowing, and support to college students.