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The Duval County Medical Society Foundation serves to improve the TOTAL health of North Florida by furthering community health education AND AWARENESS, AND enhancing health safety net organizations. THROUGH A VARIETY OF INITIATIVES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SUPPORTING THE EARLY CITY VACCINATION PROGRAMS, PROMOTING POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION, AND FOUNDING wE cARE JACKSONVILLE PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES $20 MILLION IN FREE MEDICAL CARE ANNUALLY TO THE HOMELESS, WORKING POOR, AND/OR UNINSURED ADULTS.
The DCMS Foundation was established by the Duval County Medical Society in 1959 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation supported by the North Florida community.
A Campaign for Mission First:
Increased philanthropy through the campaign, Mission First, will advance the following initiatives: 904 Mission One Million (M1M), Physician Wellness Program and the Future of Healthcare Conference.
904 Mission One Million:
904 M1M is a movement founded by the DCMS Foundation and co-chaired by City of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and DCMSF President Dr. Sunil Joshi. M1M is a challenge to the people living in the 904 area code to lose one million pounds over the next few years! The Foundation recognizes that our metropolitan area delivers a great deal of healthcare—over $1 billion in 2016—yet, Duval County ranks near the bottom at 48 out of 67 Florida counties for the health of our community, and obesity is a prime cause for our poor health outcomes. M1M was launched on April 7, 2016 when Mayor Curry included M1M in his new campaign for a healthier community and continues even stronger into the 2017 year.
Future of Healthcare Conference:
What’s on the horizon for healthcare? The DCMS Foundation is poised to lead this discussion by having established an annual conference focused on identifying national and local trends, addressing challenges, and offering strategies for the future of healthcare for total care coordination of our region residents. National thought leaders in medicine, medical research, business, public policy, technology, and other fields are invited to address the annual conference. Our goal is to encourage the emergence of strategic, thinking and economic mobility for our pressing community health problems. Critical topics will include the addressing the current total health of Duval County: how national trends can influence local trends, which specific discussion surrounding disparities, access to care, mental health, obesity/diabetes, infant mortality, food deserts, advocacy, etc. The annual Future of Healthcare Conference will become a clearinghouse for thoughtful, intellectual discussions. The Inaugural Conference is scheduled May 22-23, 2017, at UNF. Judged poster symposium to be held. Exhibition hall to be included. CME awarded.
Physician Wellness Program:
A new Physicians Wellness Program will provide support and resources for DCMS members to receive counseling and coaching services as needed. The program is self-referred, confidential - no reporting, provides six free sessions with no personal insurance billing, and no electronic records created. Appointments are made within 24 hours or request, before or after office hours.
There is national recognition that mental health risks have increased significantly among healthcare workers. This may lead to lower levels of patient care, more medical errors, and higher rates of staff turnover, disruptive behavior, substance abuse, and even suicide. The purpose of the program is to enhance the well-being of DCMS members by extending confidential counseling/ coaching services in private and safe places. In addition to counseling during non-work hours, a 24/7 support line is maintained with consideration for the unique challenges faced by individuals in these professions (904) 631-1446.
Research consistently shows that an average of one in three doctors suffers from symptomatic burnout on any given office day—worldwide, regardless of specialty. Some surveys show burnout rates over 70 percent. Physician burnout and its complications are the number one threat to a physician’s medical career. Yet, all healthcare professionals experience similar workplace stressors—doctors, APPs, nurses, allied health workers and even hospital administrators are all at risk.
2017 Foundation Officers & Board of Directors:
President: Sunil Joshi, MD
Vice President: Ashley Norse, MD
Board of Directors:
Mr. Doug Baer
Mr. Richard Brock
Solomon Brotman, DDS
Alan Harmon, MD
Ms. Mia Jones
Kelli Wells, MD
Todd Sack, MD, IPP