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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: Annual Future of Healthcare Conference; Food Deserts Public Policy Coalition; Physician Wellness Program; and 904 Mission One Million.
Future of Healthcare Conference:
What’s on the horizon for healthcare? The DCMS Foundation is poised in leading discussions through our annual Future of Healthcare 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 healthy topics at the annual Conference. Our goal is to encourage the emergence of strategic, thinking and economic mobility for our pressing community health problems. Critical topics for 2018 will include addressing the current total health of Duval County: how national trends can influence local trends, with specific discussion surrounding food deserts update; increase in violent crimes with guns; growing opioid epidemic; obesity/physical fitness; mental health wellness; health literacy and impact on wellness; growing HIV cases, etc. The annual Future of Healthcare Conference will serve as a clearinghouse for thoughtful, intellectual discussions.
Our successful Inaugural Conference was held May 22-23, 2017, at UNF. A judged poster symposium was held with the top three winners awarded cash prizes and certificates. A full exhibition hall was included. CME awarded. An actionable outcome was met with focus to be placed on food deserts. Implementation for action already underway.
Join us for our second annual Future of Healthcare Conference scheduled May 21-22, 2018! Mark your calendars to attend and take part in changing the well being of our City and NE Florida.
Food Deserts Public Policy Coalition:
In response to our successful Future of Healthcare Conference held in May, with the outcome focusing on food deserts, the DCMS Foundation is excited and committed to addressing this issue through an established community-wide coalition. The Food Deserts Public Policy Coalition has a mission of improving the access to healthy food items in the underserved areas of Duval County in a strategic and tactical manner. Chairing the diverse and well represented coalition, Dr. Sunil Joshi, has determined that, ‘although our goal is to have a sustainable impact on food insecurities which also brings economic development to the areas that need it the most, we do not wish to reinvent the wheel, but to enhance what is currently in progress while recognizing each other’s areas of strength, abilities and potential resources.’
Working with coalition members representing city leaders, state representatives, US representatives, attorneys, the business community, area hospitals, area colleges and key nonprofits working within neighborhoods of need, the coalition strongly reflects area expertise and knowledge while providing valuable input integral to achieving success for both short- and long-term goals for making a sustainable impact in the underserved areas of NE Florida. To ensure long-term success, the coalition is focused on public policy development and implementation. Rick Mullaney, Director of Public Policy, JU, is serving to provide guidance and assistance with the ‘7 Steps for Developing Successful Public Policy.’
To effectively accomplish specific points within the 7 Steps for Developing Successful Public Policy, three subcommittees have been appointed in the areas of: Research; Solutions; and Adoption/Implementation/Execution. Each of these subcommittees have a specific charge/goal and are comprised of expert individuals currently serving on the Coalition. These subcommittees will be meeting over the next two months and will report their findings this fall. At that time, the Coalition will outline the next steps for achieving public policy change. To further share the short- and long-term goals of the Coalition, a 2018 winter meeting with city leaders, the public at-large and the news media, is in the planning process.
The DCMS Foundation is pleased to recognize the Food Deserts Public Policy Coalition as a key initiative of philanthropic focus in improving the overall health of our community. Fostering current relationships with strategic partners will be an integral component to our success in creating economic mobility while increasing healthy food options in our underserved neighborhoods. We also anticipate providing an update of this impact at our next annual Future of Healthcare Conference scheduled May 21-22, 2018, at the Lexington Hotel & Convention Center, Jacksonville.
Physician Wellness Program:
Launched in January 2017, our Physicians Wellness Program is providing 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.
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 55 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.