May 2017 Newsletter
Dear <<First Name>>,

Inequities in health and wealth are an increasing part of the global struggle for universal health care. In early April, Britain’s (and possibly the world’s) leading medical journal, The Lancet, published a series of articles (link) entitled “America, equity and equality in health” starting with an editorial headline “America, All Things Not Being Equal” and followed with articles reviewing the Affordable Care Act, mass incarceration, and health in an era of rising income inequality. The issue provides a piercing examination of the key challenges facing the United States as seen through the lens of health equity.  It is a troubling picture but the writers conclude that there is much that can be done … if we have the will.
STAT, an online publication focused on health, medicine, and scientific discovery, featured an article by Michael Westerhaus and the leaders of the Social Medicine Consortium, entitled “Social Justice Should be a Key Part of Educating Health Professionals.” (link) They make the case that the education of health professionals in the United States and around the world need to “more honestly” incorporate learning about social and structural determinants of health to make clinicians more effective in working with poor populations.
This week, BFA board member and host of the Beyond Flexner 2016 conference, Dr. Pedro Jose Greer (known to us as Joe) of Florida International University was named the 2017 Citizen of the Year by the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center. (link) Congratulations, Joe!
In April, BFA vice chair, Divina Grossman, and board chair, Fitzhugh Mullan, addressed the Tri-Council for Nursing, an organization comprising the presidents and CEOs of the country’s leading nursing organizations. (see picture) Drs. Grossman and Mullan discussed social mission in health professions education and invited full participation of nursing in the BFA. The presentation was well received and will be followed by inter-organizational activities as the BFA grows. 
In this newsletter (and in subsequent newsletters) you will find a selection of topical resources – recent publications and videos pertinent to social mission in health professions education. This will include everything from the scholarly to the humorous. Following their publication in the newsletter, these references will be moved to the resource section of the BFA website.


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National League for Nursing Executive Director, Beverly Malone (left) with Fitzhugh Mullan and Divina Grossman. 
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Scholarly Research
Inequality and the health-care system in the USA
Samuel L Dickman, David U Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler
The Lancet, Vol. 389, No. 10077.
The Affordable Care Act: implications for health-care equity
Adam Gaffney, Danny McCormick
The Lancet, Vol. 389, No. 10077.
Structural racism and health inequities in the USA: evidence and interventions
Zinzi D Bailey, Nancy Krieger, Madina Agénor, Jasmine Graves, Natalia Linos, Mary T Bassett
The Lancet, Vol. 389, No. 10077.
Mass incarceration, public health, and widening inequality in the USA
Christopher Wildeman, Emily A Wang
The Lancet, Vol. 389, No. 10077.
Population health in an era of rising income inequality: USA, 1980–2015
Jacob Bor, Gregory H Cohen, Sandro Galea
The Lancet, Vol. 389, No. 10077.
Integrating Correctional and Community Health Care: An Innovative Approach for Clinical Learning in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Bouchaud MT, Swan BA
Nurs Forum. 2017 Jan;52(1):38-49.
The Impact of an Interprofessional Oral Health Curriculum on Trainees
Berkowitz O, Brisotti MF, Gascon L, Henshaw M, Kaufman LB
J Physician Assist Educ. 2017 Mar;28(1):2-9.
Interprofessional Medical-Legal Education of Medical Students: Assessing the Benefits for Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Pettignano R, Bliss L, McLaren S, Caley S
Acad Med. 2017 Feb 7.
Holistic Review in Medical School Admissions and Selection: A Strategic, Mission-Driven Response to Shifting Societal Needs
Conrad SS, Addams AN, Young GH
Acad Med. 2016 Nov;91(11):1472-1474.
Integrating Theory, Content, and Method to Foster Critical Consciousness in Medical Students: A Comprehensive Model for Cultural Competence Training
Dao, Diane K.; Goss, Adeline L.; Hoekzema, Andrew S.; Kelly, Lauren A. MS; Logan, Alexander A.; Mehta, Sanjiv D.; Sandesara, Utpal N.; Munyikwa, Michelle R.; DeLisser, Horace M. MD
Academic Medicine: March 2017 - Volume 92 - Issue 3 - p 335–344.
Impact of the rural pipeline in medical education: practice locations of recently graduated family physicians in Ontario
Elizabeth F. Wenghofer, John C. Hogenbirk, Patrick E. Timony
Hum Resour Health. 2017; 15: 16.
Enhancing Interprofessional Education With Team-based Learning
Buhse M1, Della Ratta C
Nurse Educ. 2017 Mar 1.

States’ Influences on Medicaid Investments to Address Patients’ Social Needs
Laura M. Gottlieb, Andrea Quiñones-Rivera, Rishi Manchanda, Holly Wing, Sara Ackerman
Academic Journal of Preventive Medicine: Volume 52, Issue 1.
The Medical-Legal Partnership Approach to Teaching Social Determinants of Health and Structural Competency in Residency Programs
Paul, Edward G, Curran, Mallory JD; Tobin Tyler, Elizabeth JD
Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 92(3):292-298, Mar 2017.

Social justice should be a key part of educating health professionals
Michael Westerahaus, Amy Finnegan, Jennifer Goldsmith, Evan Lyon, Casey Fox, Michelle Morse
STAT News, April 7, 2017.
Expanding the PA Pipeline Through a Hands-on Experience
Elizabeth Alesbury
Physician Assistant Education Association, January 18, 2017.

Defining Community-Engaged Health Professional Education: A Step Toward Building Evidence
Zohray Talib, Bjorg Palsdottir, Marion Briggs, Amy Clithero, NadiaMiniclier Cobb, Brahmaputra Marjadi, Robyn Preston,Sara Willems
National Academy of Medicine, January 4, 2017.
Trump Travel Ban Spotlights U.S. Dependence On Foreign-Born Doctors
Lauren Silverman Kera
Houston Public Media, February 20, 2017.

Public Health Nurses' Role in Promoting Health Equity: Opportunities for States
Mary Ann Cooney, Zenobia Harris, Jennifer Cooper
Jan 24, 2017
U.S. Health Justice: Reaffirming Medicine's Social Mission
Robert Rock, Tehreem Rehman
Jan 24, 2017
Achieving Health Equity – One Policy at a Time
HHS Office of Minority Health
Oct 25, 2016
My Physician Assistant Path
Project Access
Oct 5, 2016

BFA Board member, Dr. Pedro José Greer, has been named the University of Florida’ Bob Graham Center’s 2017 Citizen of the Year.
Bob Graham Center for Public Service
March 24, 2017
Medical Schools Tackle Health Care Disparities Through Unique Partnerships, Research
Association of American Medical Colleges News
February 06, 2017

Moving Beyond Flexner – Social Medicine, medical education, and the next generation of physician leaders
The New Physician
January-February 2017

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society Summer Institute 2017
Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research
June 12 – 13, 2017 (Registration Deadline: June 11, 2017)
Baltimore, MD
Health Disparities, Education, Awareness, Research and Training (HDEART) Consortium – 15th Annual Disparities in America: Working Toward Social Justice Workshop
June 19-24, 2017
Houston, TX
NACCHO Annual Conference Public Health Revolution
Bridging Medicine and Population Health
July 11 – 13, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

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