A longstanding failure of the U.S. health care system is that minority and vulnerable populations experience poorer health outcomes and higher death rates. The Covid-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies extend and deepen this failure.
Mullan Institute team members Drs. Jamar Slocum, Natalie Kirilichin, and Isabel Chen published "Med students, physicians need social mission education now more than ever" op-ed in STAT News.
Social Mission Now: The Role of Health Professions Education in Addressing Health Equity and Social Justice
The racial equity movement and COVID-19 are bringing needed public attention to the structural racism and inequities that underlie social and health disparities in the United States. The police killings of George Floyd and so many other Black lives have brought about increasing calls for police reform. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd’s killing occurred, the City Council recently approved a proposal to disband their police department and replace it with a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention. This increasing attention and action on structural racism is occurring across systems—in criminal justice, housing, education, and healthcare.
Beyond Flexner Alliance Chair Dr. Candice Chen and Intern Autumn Nobles published "Social Mission Now: The Role of Health Professions Education in Addressing Health Equity and Social Justice" in the Harvard Center for Primary Care journal on July 15, 2020. Read Article.
Drs. Xinxin Han, Candice Chen, and Patricia Pittman of the Mullan Institute co-authored this Journal of Rural Health article that examines the use of temporary providers in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in recent years and identifies associated factors. They describe trends in the number and percentage of FQHCs that used temporary primary care physicians and advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives). Read the full article.
Mullan Institute team members, Candice Chen, Patricia Pittman, Edward Salsberg, Clese Erickson, and Sara Westergaard co-author this Health Affairs piece that frames the health care service response to COVID-19 and the health workforce needs. The article outlines workforce strategies to protect, maximize, and expand the health workforce to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic. It outlines five considerations for implementing COVID-19 health workforce strategies for implementation. Read the full article.
In this New England Journal of Medicine article, Dr. Patricia Pittmann, director of the Mullan Institute and other Health Workforce Research Center directors outline recommendations that are needed to rapidly increase health workforce capacity and to replenish it when personnel are quarantined or need time off to rest or care for sick family members during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article.