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Social Mission Metrics Initiative

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The Social Mission Metrics Initiative (SMMI) is a research product of the Social Mission Alliance. With previous support from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SMMI aims to advance measurement and awareness of social mission in health professions education. SMMI has far-reaching implications for the promotion of social mission within health professions education, a need which has been acutely highlighted by stark COVID-19 related health disparities. The SMMI created a self-assessment tool for dental, nursing, and medical school leaders to measure and benchmark 16 key areas of social mission.

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Our Mission

The Social Mission Metrics Initiative aims to advance the field of social mission measurement and enhance the national conversation around social mission in health professions education.

Our Work

The SMMI is a system of metrics that provides a standardized approach to identify the level of engagement of U.S. dental, nursing, and medical schools in social mission activities. Developed into a self-assessment instrument, the metrics tool identifies 80 social mission indicators within 18 areas of six domains. Participation in the self-assessment allows a school to benchmark its performance to similar schools and national norms and track progress over time.

The SMMI has progressed under expert leadership and technical knowledge from an inter-disciplinary National Advisory Committee and informed by literature review and key informants. In pursuit of health equity, the Initiative across various phases of the project, from pilot, field-testing, and national self-assessment to over 200 health professions schools invite academic leaders to assess their schools’ social mission status, strengths and areas for improvement, and proficiency.

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Health Workforce Diversity Initiative

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The Health Workforce Diversity Initiative is helping to promote greater racial and ethnic parity in the health workforce through measurement and accountability.

Over the course of the past year, we’ve seen both nationwide protests over racial inequalities as well as a crippling pandemic disproportionately impacting communities of color. As the public debate on these issues shifts and responds to the urgency of the situation, decision makers are seeking guidance, understanding, and insights to craft effective evidence-based policies.

In terms of inequalities in healthcare, an issue of the highest concern, deepening the diversity of the workforce is an optimal strategy to address racial disparities. But this goal remains elusive without accurate data on the composition of the workforce, the pipeline, and clear benchmarks for organizations to strive toward.

The Health Workforce Diversity Initiative is dedicated to addressing under-representation among healthcare workers by analyzing data on the diversity of the health workforce and the educational pipeline across thirty health occupations, from front-line workers to physicians.

A Diversity Index examines the relative percentage of graduates (or practitioners) in a health profession compared to the percentage of individuals in the population of that race/ethnicity. Using this data, the Tracker will provide regular “report cards” on representation efforts by states, professions, and institutions, as well as an interactive data exploration tool. The Tracker is a project of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity and the Social Mission Alliance.

Why We Need A Diverse Health Workforce

Black/African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, and Native American individuals are under-represented in health professions. A more diverse workforce leads to:

            • Increasing access and quality of healthcare
            • Advancing cultural competency of all providers
            • Strengthening and broadening medical research
            • Improving optimal management of the healthcare system


State-level reports:

Louisiana Health Workforce Report

California Health Workforce Report

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Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards

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The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards Program recognizes excellence for social mission in health professions education. The award was developed in collaboration with the Social Mission Alliance and is presented at our conferences.

  • Fitzhugh Mullan Rising Star Award
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Individual Excellence
  • Program Excellence
  • Institutional Excellence

2023 Award Recipients

  • Fitzhugh Mullan Rising Star Award

    Bernadette Lim, MD

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Uta Landy, PhD

  • Individual Excellence Award

    Brigit M. Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN

  • Institutional Excellence Award

    East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

Previous Honorees

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