The National Social Mission Self-Assessment was aimed to give health professions school leaders an overview of the state of social mission at their schools. Following the guidance of a National Advisory Committee and field testing at over 60 schools, the National Social Mission Self-Assessment campaign was disseminated in 2019.
All dental, medical, and a sub-set of nursing schools across the United States were invited to take the survey as a form of self-assessment to examine their:
School’s social mission status;
Current strengths and areas for improvement; and
Social mission proficiency in comparison to similar schools.
School administrators were invited to take the self-assessment online or with a paper survey.
A total of 242 schools participated in the survey, nearly 40% of all dental schools (26 of 66), over 40% of medical schools (83 of 203), and over 30% of nursing schools (133 of 420).
Participating schools received a summary report detailing their school’s survey results. While individual school results are kept confidential to encourage honesty in self-reporting, aggregated data from the self-assessment provide information for a confidential data repository to develop performance measures and form a collection of best practices in the field of social mission.