The Health Workforce Diversity Tracker is helping to promote greater racial and ethnic parity in the health workforce through measurement and accountability.
Advancing Social Mission Research
While there is a developing body of research on social mission, outstanding questions remain that limit stakeholders’ ability to understand what works in health professions education to advance health equity. In 2020, The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, in collaboration with the Beyond Flexner Alliance, began work to shed light on evidence, gaps, and opportunities for advancement in social mission research. These efforts culminated in Advancing Social Mission Research: A Call to Action, published in Academic Medicine in January 2022, as well as the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity Evidence Review Series. Through this process, these experts identified the 6 domains of health workforce equity, as well as a framework for the structures in which health professionals operate to inform policy in healthcare settings.
The Social Mission Metrics Initiative centers around the creation and use of metrics to measure social mission in dental, medical, and nursing schools across the United States. By providing school leaders with a tool to objectively assess the status of social mission at their school, the Initiative aims to advance the field of Social Mission measurement and enhance the national conversation around Social Mission in health professions education.
In 2020, a team of BFA interns decided to launch the Beyond Flexner Alliance Student Assembly - a student centered arm of BFA, focused on bringing together interdisciplinary health profession students passionate about social mission. Launching in the fall of 2020, the student assembly will serve as a resource to bring students together to promote social mission, network, and organize around health equity.