Sharfstein JM. Behind the Curtain of Maryland’s Health Enterprise Zone Initiative. JAMA Forum Archive. Published online August 7, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2013.0037
In a recent JAMA Viewpoint that I wrote with E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, JD, we discussed new, incentive-based approaches to address health disparities in Maryland. The article describes a range of strategies targeting long-standing inequities in health, based on the premise that knowledge of disparities alone may not be sufficient for change.
A key project addressing such disparities is the Health Enterprise Zone initiative. Maryland’s Health Enterprise Zones are geographically compact areas that contribute to the state’s racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities because of poor outcomes. These areas become eligible for significant financial incentives to expand community health services and primary care, based on a plan created by a local public-private coalition.
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Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, is Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement and Professor of the Practice at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He previously served as Secretary of...