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

24th Council session information coming soon.

DC Expands List of Providers Who Can Give COVID Vaccine

Jan 8, 2021, 12:58 PM by MSDC Staff
The order paves the way for more vaccines to be administered and for closer tracking.

In a new administrative order on Thursday, DC Health issued new guidance expected to ease the distribution of the COVID vaccine.

The new order notes that the reasoning is to ensure timely reporting of vaccine distribution and that it is available as widely as possible the District. The order has four changes:

  1. Unlicensed individuals (including medical assistants or health technicians) may administer the COVID vaccine if the person meets four different criteria.
  2. Each dose of COVID vaccine given must be reported by the facility or provider within 24 hours in DOCIIS.
  3. A facility is responsible for monitoring and reporting vaccine administration to DC Health by their providers.
  4. An approved vaccination site is exempt from "mass gathering" restrictions.

Read the entire order here.

Sample of Health Equity Legislation MSDC Tracked 


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.