The Rodham Institute, housed within the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, believes that academic medical centers can and should be an active part of the solution to eliminate health disparities. To achieve health equity in our nation’s capital the institute will focus on the following three areas:
- Training Current and Future Health Professionals in Applied Health Equity: Educating the inter-professional medical community on identifying and addressing the social determinants of health to improve the overall wellbeing of all of our patients.
- Youth Education Programming and Workforce Development: Increasing the number of health professionals from communities in need by deepening and sustaining interest in science, health education, and establishing a pathway to a health professions career.
- Community Collaborations: Creating opportunities and supporting initiatives led by communities with a shared commitment toward health equity in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
The Rodham Institute was established in 2013 in honor of the late Mrs. Dorothy Rodham who believed passionately in the capacity for education to achieve social change. The Institute seeks to apply the transformative power of education to achieve health equity in Washington, D.C.
Maryland Regional Direct Services Workforce Collaborative
Maryland Regional Direct Services Workforce Collaborative with a mission compassing both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia was formally established in March 2018 by the Collaborative Steering Committee and placed with the Rodham Institute.
The Collaborative evolved through the combined efforts of the Paul R. Willging Endowment and the Erickson School of Aging Services at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In September of 2017 the two organizations convened the area’s first “Summit on Workforce Development and Training in the Care of Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities”. Representatives from both Maryland and the District of Columbia representing community colleges, public school systems, public agencies, long-term care facility professionals, and business leaders discussed issues and recommended that a number of action steps be taken to assure a well-trained direct services staff will continue to be available throughout the region.
The mission of the newly created Collaborative through its network of committed individuals and organization will work to build and sustain the needed direct services workforce in the Maryland – Washington, DC region. It will embrace the principles of diversity, draw upon prior learning and promote new thinking and innovation in workforce development and training. The Collaborative will pro-actively address the critical issues impeding the availability of the support services needed for older adults and persons with disabilities.