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Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards

The Beyond Flexner Alliance is now accepting nominations for the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards for Excellence in Social Mission at the 2022 Conference. The purpose of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards is to recognize outstanding leadership in promoting social mission in health professions education. Social mission is defined as activities or initiatives that teach, model, or improve community engagement, diversity, disparities reduction, value-based care, or engagement with the social determinants of health. Social mission enhancement means making programs not only better, but fairer.

The award will be granted in the following categories: Rising Star (student, resident, fellow, or early-career faculty), Individual (mid-career and actively working in social mission), Program, Institution, and Lifetime Achievement (late-career or retired/emeritus). Awardees will receive $2,000 in direct funds, travel and lodging to the conference, and a crystal award acknowledging their achievement. Nominees should be working interprofessionally as innovators in health professions education who are invested in bringing change.

Applications will be accepted until January 6, 2022.  The awards dinner and presentation ceremony will take place on the first night of the conference, March 28, 2022.


2020 Recipients (Honored at 2021 Virtual Conference)

Lifetime Achievement 
George Blue Spruce, Jr., DDS, MPH

George Blue Spruce, Jr., DDS, MPH, the first Native American Dentist in the United States, realizes that as a trailblazer he bears the responsibility of illuminating the health professions pathway for American Indian children who are unaware the path exists.  He has dared American Indian children to become a dentist, and his unique leadership has left a legacy promoting social mission in health professions education. He is the ​founder of the Society of the American Indian Dentist (SAID).
Rising Star
Robert M. Rock, MD

Dr. Robert Rock co-created a one-of-a-kind course at Yale on health disparities for PA, MD, and APRN programs. The course intentionally includes interprofessional educators and led to the creation of an interdisciplinary student group for all graduate students, faculty, and the New Haven public for community building and action toward health equity.  His efforts have helped to create a sense of belonging and empowerment for students who carry identities traditionally not exemplified in medicine.
Individual Excellence
Joseph Kiesler, MD

Dr. Joseph Kiesler’s commitment to equity and social justice has inspired thousands of learners and faculty. From providing care to the homeless and backside racetrack workers to his leadership in establishing a national model of interprofessional service learning at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Kiesler is a true champion of the core values of social mission in education
Program Excellence
Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, FL

The Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP) at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine demonstrates national leadership in integrating social accountability and interprofessional education through a service-learning experience in underserved communities. NeighborhoodHELP is a household-centered care approach that highlights a social mission in health professions education while caring for vulnerable populations.
Institutional Excellence 
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a beacon of hope for students who wish to pursue a career in health professions and advocate for those whose voices are silenced.  Formed from the ashes of the Watts Riots of 1966, CDU has graduated more than 575 physicians, 1,200 physician assistants, and over 1,000 nursing professionals. With a mission of academic excellence coupled with community responsibility, CDU develops students into change agents who are poised to be champions of health equity

Beyond Flexner Virtual Conference Community Project

Corbin's Legacy Donation

The Mission of Corbin’s Legacy is to improve outcomes of underrepresented elementary school children through the elimination of food and medical insecurity. At the Beyond Flexner 2022 Conference, participants will have the opportunity to donate money that will be used to support Corbin’s Legacy in the form of canned goods, which have 80% of the nutritional value as fresh foods without the shelf life challenges. You may donate money now to make this event possible. The cost to feed a child is $20. Thank You in Advance!

About Corbin's Legacy

Corbin’s Legacy was established in 2015 in honor and memory of Corbin Leafman a Title 1 Kindergarten teacher who died at the age of 30 from cancer. She asked that she be remembered for how she lived, not how she died. Corbin’s claim to fame was, among other things, that she walked through the school lunch line holding up a $20 bill to make sure that the lunch ladies knew that every child was to get a hot lunch – no matter what.

Corbin's Legacy and COVID-19

With the onset and spread of COVID-19, Corbin’s Legacy, in an effort to continue serving their targeted underrepresented population (elementary school children and their families) with much needed food and medical care, adjusted delivery strategies. Previous to COVID-19 Corbin’s Legacy delivered food to classrooms every week and sent home backpacks of food with children every weekend. In addition, we supplied thousands of backpacks filled with two weeks of food to children and their families for the duration of all school breaks.
Complementing their food distribution, Corbin’s Legacy, maintained a free medical screening clinic housed in an Elementary School and partnered with a local Community Health Centers for patients that needed additional care. COVID-19 required them to close the clinic (it was deemed a non-essential service) and stop delivering food (there was none to be found and packing the backpacks could not meet CDC social distancing guidelines. The communities that they serve have and continue to suffer from COVID-19 at an inequitable rate. Thirty percent of the communities that we serve have had COVID-19. More heartbreaking than that, is that 29% have died.
This is a result of, among other factors, not seeking care soon enough or being turned away due to overcrowding. In response to this growing desperation, (no food, no medical care, loss of income, fear of eviction, mental illness, etc.) Corbin’s Legacy now distributes gift food cards to local, accessible, grocery stores.  This has been hugely successful.  Families can select the food items they want, cook and eat in their own homes.  They have also been able to reopen the Simon Clinic and now see children four days a week.  Finally, and most humbly, as a result of so many deaths among the parents of the children that they serve, Corbin’s Legacy in collaboration with Emerson Elementary School, Maricopa County Department of Public Health and volunteer members of the ATSU faculty, staff and students, have opened a COVID-19 Vaccination POD dedicated to vaccinating the underserved who have been all but forgotten on the lists of vaccine eligible individuals. 

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