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Policy Center Notes - JULY 2013

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POLICY CENTER JULY - SEPTEMBER 2013 Notes Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College HEALTH POLICY News President Calls for National Conversation on Mental Health During a day-long conference hosted by the White House, mental health experts and administration officials convened to discuss mental health in the U.S. The conference, which comes in the wake of recent mass shootings, focused on ways to reduce stigma and help the mentally ill recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance. For full report, click here. ACA Projected to Increase Entrepreneurship New research estimates that 1.5 million more people will launch their own businesses and become self-employed entrepreneurs in 2014 resulting from key provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will make purchasing high-quality, subsidized insurance on the open market more accessible and affordable. For full report, click here. The recently completed 2013 Summer Institute on Health Policy at Meharry Medical College demonstrated growth over last year's session with students gaining knowledge in health policy. SCHOLAR Spotlight Dare to Be More Than a Physician By Italo Brown, MPH In a light-hearted conversation about goals and dreams, a good friend once challenged me to be more than a physician. I chuckled in reply. At the time, the mere thought of being a culturally competent care provider, who could meet the needs of underserved patients, seemed distant and amorphous. Six years later, his words resonate with greater clarity and my interpretation is now accompanied by a breadth of life experiences that lure the discrete motivations into focus. At the core, one must serve people selflessly and whole-heartedly. One must recognize that inequality exists and choose to assume an active role in eliminating it. Finally, one must accept the responsibility of conducting energies of change. By allowing these premises to underwrite my medical education, I have discovered the refined leader within. Most medical students endure required block exams, preceptorships and the omnipresent small group session. However, despite the expectation placed on blossoming physicians to perform at an elite level, we are first expected to be servants—of our patients and of our communities. We must lunge at opportunities to enhance our scope of caregiving and, therein, hollow-out a niche as leaders. Our aim should be to push CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 1

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