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We know that health equity does not happen inside an academic bubble. We pay close attention to what is happening outside of our walls and maintain a steadfast commitment to making our community stronger, healthier, and more equitable. With community-engaged educational programs, community-focused research, community-based clinics, and a community-minded approach to education, MSM has led the way in culturally competent care.
“MSM fosters something. Most of us have a desire to have a purpose and serve the community, but MSM really encouraged that mentality.”
Woodrow W. McWilliams III, M.D.
We have built an unparalleled bond of trust with the people in our neighborhood, our city, our state, and our nation. We connect to community.
We connect to community by creating programs like the HEAL Clinic, a student-founded and -run clinic at Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta. The clinic serves the underserved, homeless, and uninsured.
Since its founding in 2014, the HEAL Clinic has expanded to a second location, at Morehouse Healthcare on Howell Mill Road.
These two clinics train students to deliver free primary care services and improve access to medical, dental, laboratory, and specialty referral services.
We connect to community through our High School and Young Adults Community Health Worker training program, which over the period of a year trains students to become advocates for better health for their families, peers, and community. MSM also hosts health fairs and screenings, providing blood-pressure readings, diabetes screening, and other services while recruiting for clinical trials.
We connect to community by developing collaborations with other local organizations as part of the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer III: Community Network Program, which seeks to reduce disparities for African-Americans through education, research, and training. Our Healthcare Without Walls initiative addresses the needs of children who have been homeless, providing services at Mary Hall Freedom House, a substance abuse rehabilitation facility.
We connect to community with AIDS clinics that treat more than 3,000 HIV patients and screen 10,000 high-risk clients each year. We partner with the faith community to promote education, screening, counseling, referrals, and outcome monitoring as part of a program called Not One More Life.
And we connect to community by encouraging our residents to live here with “Operation Keepsake,” a program that provides $250,000 a year for two years to residents who agree to remain in the state.
These efforts have been recognized with awards from such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, and the Georgia Healthcare Foundation.
Too many medical schools talk about commitment to community but operate within an academic bubble, disconnected from the true needs of the people outside their walls.
MSM has built an unparalleled level of trust with people in the neighborhood, our city, our state, and our nation — and that’s making our communities stronger and healthier.
We hope you will join us on this journey of transformation.
Let’s make an IMPACT.