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, Statements, and Testimony on Health Equity Issues

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MSDC Commended for Lung Health Work by DC Council

Nov 8, 2023, 08:57 AM by MSDC Staff
Councilmember Brooke Pinto's resolution recognized the need for better lung health care and smoking cessation while praising MSDC's work on these issues.


On the same day that MSDC-supported prior authorization reform passed, the DC Council also passed a resolution recognizing Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The resolution contained truly terrible stats about the rates and health impact of smoking on lung health, but also commended the Medical Society for its work in lung health and smoking cessation over the years. The entire resolution is posted below.

Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau
Councilmember Brooke Pinto
Councilmember Robert C. White, Jr.
Councilmember Charles Allen
Councilmember Christina Henderson
Councilmember Janeese Lewis George
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Councilmember Anita Bonds
Councilmember Matthew Frumin


To recognize and declare November 2023 to be Lung Cancer Awareness Month in the District of Columbia.

WHEREAS, lung and bronchus cancer were the second deadliest cancers in the District in 2023;

WHEREAS, the survival rate of District residents with lung cancer is 28 percent;

WHEREAS, the District's early-stage detection rate for lung cancer cases ranks 40th among U.S. states;

WHEREAS, only 3 percent of District residents considered at high risk for lung cancer have been screened for lung cancer;

WHEREAS, the rate of new lung cancer cases in the District is 59 per 100,000 among Black residents, 37 per 100,000 among Asian American and Pacific Islander residents, 25 per 100,000 among white residents, and 15 per 100,000 among Latino residents;

WHEREAS, 25 percent of Black District residents with lung cancer did not receive any treatment;

WHEREAS, 9.5 percent of District residents smoked tobacco in 2021, with even higher rates among those aged 55 to 64;

WHEREAS, the District’s Healthy People 2030 plan aims to reduce smoking rates to 6.1 percent by 2030; and

WHEREAS, according to the American Cancer Society, 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are believed to be caused by smoking.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the “Lung Cancer Awareness Month Recognition Resolution of 2023”.

Sec. 2. The Council recognizes November 2023 as Lung Cancer Awareness Month in the District of Columbia and salutes the work of Raymond Tu, M.D., and the Medical Society of the District of Columbia for bringing greater awareness of lifesaving steps to prevent and treat lung cancer.

Sec. 3. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon the first date of publication in the District of Columbia Register.

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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.