Health Equity

Being a physician in the District in the 21st century means being on the front line of the most pressing public health issues in the world. In our small geographic boundaries, physicians help address issue found in every state all in one area. The issues are too lengthy to list on one webpage but physicians are on the front lines of addressing health issues for all District residents.

News, MSDC Statements, and MSDC Testimony on Health Equity Issues


Only Two Changes to DC Quarantine List This Week

Oct 5, 2020, 08:57 AM by MSDC Staff
DC Health updated its quarantine list by making only two changes.

On Monday, DC Health published its up-to-date list of states requiring a quarantine for individuals (1) visiting from the states or (2) District residents who had traveled to the states. Only New Mexico was added to the list, which now totals 31 states. This means anyone visiting or visiting from those states must quarantine for 2 weeks when coming into the District. Arizona once again was removed from the quarantine list, although popular vacation destinations Delaware and West Virginia remain.

DC Health defines “high-risk areas” as locations where the seven (7)-day moving average daily new COVID-19 case rate is ten (10) or more per one hundred thousand (100,000) persons. Travel to and from Maryland and Virginia is exempted.

An updated list will be published Monday, October 19.

High-risk states that require 14 days of self-quarantine:

    New Mexico
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    West Virginia

Sample of Health Equity Legislation MSDC is Tracking

(See the whole list of bills here

Student Access to Treatment Amendment Act (B23-467)

What does it say? The bill allows for the administration of medicinal marijuana in schools as well as allows students to bring sunscreen to schools and apply it without a prescription.

MSDC position: MSDC supports the language permitting sunscreen application in schools

Current status: A win for DC physicians and public health! The legislation passed the Council in February and was signed by the Mayor. Previous temporary and emergency legislation permitted students to use sunscreen at schools this school year already.

Electronic Medical Order for Scope of Treatment Registry Amendment Act (B23-261)

What does it say? The bill requires DC Health to establish an electronic Medical Order for Scope of Treatment registry (eMOST).

MSDC position: MSDC supports this legislation to more easily allow patients to make their treatment orders known.

Current status: A win for the physician community and our patients! The Council passed the bill in December and the Mayor signed it into law on January 16, 2020.

Healthy Beverage Choices Amendment Act (B23-495)

What does it say? The bill would implement a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on the distribution of "sugary" beverages. The money collected from the tax would establish a Healthy People, Healthy Places Open Spaces Grant Program.

MSDC position: MSDC sent a letter to Council Chair Mendelson asking for a hearing to discuss all of the issues around a beverage tax.

Current status: The bill was introduced October 8, 2019 and referred to the Committee on Business and Economic Development and the Committee of the Whole.