Dedicated to a Healthy Community


January 2021


February 2nd at Noon

SSVMSA Board Meeting

Co-Presidents' Message

From the desks of Alice Huang and Tricia Hunstock

Happy New Year!

Thank you for being here this year! 2020 Kept us on our toes, but together we made major strides in supporting the Greater Sacramento Community. We are truly thankful for your support and generous donations of time and resources! We continue our work in the community, and we need your help!

  • Please email Sue Brownridge ( to explore opportunities to serve in SSVMSA leadership in 2021.
  • Kim Majectich is leading the Covid Special Committee whose efforts includde:
    • Blood Drives
    • Education: we supported two schools at the end of last year.
    • Currently, we are exploring a few options into volunteering for food distribution with the Sacramento Food Bank, outreach to seniors, and possible volunteering at testing and vaccine sites.  We welcome any suggestions and if you have a contact that would help us in our efforts please let us know.
    •  Please email Kim ( if you are interested in joining our ongoing conversations.
  • Our monthly board meetings are open to all members . Please RSVP via the board meeting email invitations for the Zoom link. 

May 2021 bring happiness and prosperity to you and your family!


Alice and Tricia


Holiday Sharing Card 2020

The Holiday Sharing Card was a big success. Your generosity enabled us to raise  $10,716 for our Community Endowment Fund and $5,738. to the SSVMS Medical Student Scholarship Fund. This beautiful image was created by SSVMSA member, Paula Cameto.

The Dorothy Dozier Helping Hands Award Goes to...

Dr. Mary Sosa!

The 2020 Dorothy Dozier Helping Hands Awardee is Dr. Mary Sterner-Sosa.  Mary completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Toxicology at UC Davis, subsequently obtaining her medical degree from UC, San Diego in 1988.  Mary is a member of the American College of OB/GYN. During her 22 years of practice in the Sacramento area, Mary served as chief of OB/GYN for Mercy General Hospital. She served on their Medical Executive Committee. She is married to Gustavo Sosa, MD. They have 3 children.

Mary’s long history of community service began in high school as a teen leader for the Catholic Youth Organization. In college, she was a member and a lector for the Neuman Center, and taught catechism to pre-school children. Mary also volunteered at the UC Davis Women’s Health Clinic.  While in medical school, under the supervision of Dr. Doris Howell, a pioneer in medicine and pediatric hematology/oncology, Mary developed a curriculum for a medical student course on death and dying.  Mary has been involved with the Sacramento Life Center for 20 years, volunteering in their clinics performing OB ultrasounds and developing clinic protocols. Mary served on the board of the Life Center for more than 15 years.

Mary joined the Alliance in 2014. She immediately became an active member serving as legislative representative, chair of programs, recording secretary, president (for 3 consecutive years), and for the past 20 months as co-chair of the Art of Medicine 2020.  Her co-chair, Linda Meyers says, “To work alongside Mary is to always have the benefit of a fresh, thoughtful perspective, and a calm approach to challenges and problem solving. She is, to put it simply, a pleasure to work with. The icing on the cake is that we have also become great friends.” 

While community service is her passion, her family is her love.  Mary is most proud of her son, Gustavo, and daughters, Adrianna and Marcela.  Says her husband, Dr. Gustavo Sosa, “I am so fortunate to have met her, and more so that she agreed to marry me…..Mary enjoys family life and cherishes every moment our kids are visiting……they really take after her and that is a very good thing.” Her daughter, Marcela, notes that, “…it is simply within my mother to be there for people. To lead, to comfort, to lean on, to laugh with.”  Mary’s daughter, Adrianna states, “When I am complemented on my own bedside manner, I attribute everything to observing my mother and her practice…..she is the most incredible mother a person could ask for, and my siblings and I consider ourselves very blessed.” To Mary’s delight, Dr. Sosa, Marcela, Gustavo, and Adrianna were surprise guests at the ceremony.

The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance is pleased to present the 2020 Dorothy Dozier Helping Hands Award to Mary Sterner-Sosa, M. D. In keeping with the legacy of Dorothy Dozier, Mary never declines an opportunity to lend a helping hand.   Congratulations, Mary!

The Art of Medicine 2020 website remains open, and there are still a few beautiful items left.  We invite you to take a look and if you have interest in something, contact us at or so we can discuss pricing.


SSVMSA Members New & Old Join Us!

Everyone asks, why should I volunteer to be on the Board of Directors for SSVMSA?   Just a few reasons include to develop and deepen friendships with other members, to finding purpose during what has become a long and difficult time, to provide meaningful help to the community in which you live during a stressful and challenging time, to develop new skills and learn new things. And this is just to name a few!  Board positions are varied and encompass a wide range skills and time commitments. Is technology your gift?  Organizing social functions?  Fundraising?  Teaching?  Project based involvement?  Would you like to invest a few hours a week or a few minutes?   Whatever it is, there is a place for you and we would welcome your interest, innovation, and talent.

Nominations for positions on the SSVMSA Board are now open for the coming year.  To explore the possibilities or to nominate yourself or a friend, please contact anyone on the nominating committee:

Sue Brownridge,

Alice Huang,

Linda Meyers,

Gabby Neubuerger,

Patty Roberts,

Diane Vanderpot,

Book Club

Due to COVID 19 and the need to be outside, the book club has had to postpone our in-person meetings.  Due to colder weather the Book  Club will determine dates via email. To RSVP for future dates, contact Mariann Fischer:

Upcoming Books


5 SOUTH by Steve Skinner (Husband of SSVMSA Member Marilyn Skinner)

Community Health Pandemic Committee

Please join this special committee to help identify ways that the SSVMSA can support the Greater Sacramento Community during this pandemic. Please email Kim ( if you are interested in joining our ongoing conversations.

SSVMSA is on Amazon Smile!

Support Us While Shopping for the Holidays!

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device. Desktop, Phone, Tablet, or Laptop)
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings.'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

If you need help, please email

PSA #MaskUp

The SSVMS has launched a PSA encouraging the general public to #MaskUp.  The PSA focuses on reopening our businesses and schools quickly and safely. 

Please help us make our public health campaign go “viral” by sharing the video on your personal social media pages and asking your friends and family to do the same.




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