The Association of American Medical Colleges established a Center for Health Justice as part of its strategy to improve health equity across the country, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia and Maryland.
- District of Columbia: The White House on Friday approved new guidelines from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force that require federal contractors and subcontractors to fully vaccinate their workforce against Covid-19 by Dec. 8. There will be exceptions allowed "in limited circumstances" where an employee needs a religious or disability accommodation. Federal contractors and subcontractors will also need to enforce safety precautions, such as masking and physical distancing rules. (Rainey, Politico, 9/24)
- District of Columbia: To improve health equity across the nation, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) established a Center for Health Justice. According to Philip Alberti, founding director of the AAMC Center for Health Justice, "Everyone has the right to the healthiest life possible. Health equity, however, is still not the reality for many communities across the country." Through community health partnership, the Center for Health Justice will work to address how medical schools, teaching colleges, and research institutions can improve health equity. In addition, AAMC will collaborate with non-health care entities, community leaders, and community members. (Heath, Patient Engagement Hit, 9/23)
- Maryland: University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore appointed Karen Doyle as SVP of patient care services and CNO. According to Bert O’Malley, president and CEO of the UMMC, Doyle "has been instrumental in the success of several key initiatives and delivering innovative patient experience solutions. We are fortunate to have such a strong, strategic internal leader assume this role as we navigate through challenging times and prepare for the future." (Jensik, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/23)