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MSMS Received $200,000 WK Kellogg Foundation Grant to Fund New Health Equity Initiative – State of Reform

Working to strengthen its commitment to advancing equity in all aspects of the health care system, the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is about to begin the Partnership to Advance Health Equity – a new project designed to identify strategies and opportunities to better position and support physician leadership in their ongoing efforts to reduce—and ultimately eliminate—racial and ethnic health disparities that persist in Michigan communities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a stark reminder that health inequities absolutely persist within our healthcare system, with people of color bearing a disproportionate burden of cases and deaths throughout the pandemic,” said Theodore Jones, MD, president of Task MSMS. Pushing to advance health equity. “Working to eliminate the structural and systemic racism inherent in our healthcare system that leads to these kinds of disparate health outcomes is a huge priority for MSMS. This grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation will go a long way in helping us do just that. »

For MSMS and the Partnering to Advance Health Equity project, this effort begins with a better understanding of the kinds of supports physicians need to lead change in their respective communities at the system level and through care delivery. As part of the project, MSMS will use a variety of strategies to determine, prioritize and facilitate the best course of action to advance health equity, including:

  • Survey of Michigan Physicians.
  • Learn about replicable initiatives from other professional organizations.
  • Work with the American Medical Association to implement evidence-based, health disparity-conscious best practices in Michigan.
  • Convene stakeholder meetings that will provide opportunities to share lived and lived experiences, listen to local concerns and needs, and identify partners interested in addressing health care gaps, disparities, and inequities .

“With this grant from the WKKF, MSMSs and physician leaders across the state will ultimately be in a much better position to ensure that organized medicine meets community needs, rebuilds trust, and ensures the leadership in all Michigan communities, providing every patient with the opportunity to achieve optimal health,” said Julie Novak, CEO of MSMS. “It’s definitely something worth celebrating and we’re excited to get started.”

This press release was provided by the Michigan State Medical Society.

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