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.

Partake in the Season of Giving with MSDC Wellness Programs

Dec 1, 2021, 10:21 AM by MSDC Staff
Your money, time, and advocacy help us build programs to support physicians in their greatest time of need.


The Season of Giving 

'Tis the season for giving. MSDC’s giving opportunities and charitable endeavors are aimed at wellbeing and the health of the community.   

MSDC's wellness programs include the Physician Health Program and the Healthy Physician Program. Together, these programs address the full spectrum of wellness, from personal and professional resilience and work-life balance through illness and disorders which can be career-threatening and sometimes life-threatening. MSDC’s programs are physician-driven and guided by the science and craft of healing. To support these valuable programs, make a tax-deductible donation here.

The Healthy Physician Program (HPP) is MSDC's comprehensive physician wellness program that provides resources and templates to address moral injury and burnout and its many manifestations. It is a much-needed resource in these challenging times and offers a wide range of benefits:

  • Coaching and counselling: MSDC's wellness professionals can address professional needs (leadership development, career coaching, workplace concerns, burnout) and professional needs (relationship discussions, identity concerns, work-life balance). They were selected for their physician expertise and a number are physicians themselves. HPP funding makes two complimentary sessions available to all Active MSDC members.
  • Networking and community: Connection to like-minded peers is one of the best ways to combat burnout and revitalize your love of medicine. Whether your interest lies in shaping the future of medicine, women in medicine, early career development, private practice or elsewhere, MSDC has an opportunity for you to get involved. Learn more about our physician communities.    
  • Burnout prevention technology. The newest wellbeing resource is the convenient Healthy Physician app. To help prevent burnout, it provides regular physician-specific inspiration, professional counseling and coaching, peer-to-peer messaging, and wellbeing resources and best practices. It is available for download to Apple or Android devices.

For almost 40 years, the Physician Health Program (PHP) has helped save hundreds of physician lives and careers and promoted quality medical care. The PHP provides confidential assistance to physicians, resident physicians, and medical students suffering from substance use disorders, psychiatric disorders, and other behavioral problems. Through a staffed peer review committee, the program refers for evaluation, monitors the treatment and clinical practice of its participants and provides advocacy and support as well as outreach activities, including prevention and education. It has a 95% success rate for physicians who comply with the program. 

Have you ever thought to yourself: 

  • I worry that a physician friend might have a drinking problem
  • I suspect a colleague is self-prescribing painkillers or other controlled medications    
  • I observe signs of depression, mood instability, or anxiety in a colleague to the point that their performance is affected
If you have wanted to help a friend or colleague in need, but did not know where to turn, look no further. The Physician Health Program is a physician-led program aimed at healing these physicians. Learn more.


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.