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Washington, DC Physicians Boost the District's Economy by $8 Billion
The District of Columbia’s 4,500+ patient care physicians fulfill a vital role in the economy of our Nation’s Capital by supporting 34,349 jobs and generating $8.0 billion in economic activity, according to an Economic Impact Study by the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC) and the American Medical Association (AMA). An overview of the study, shows that:
* Physicians support $1 trillion in wages and benefits at the national level and $4.4 billion in the District.
* Physicians contribute  $301.3 million in District local taxes.

DC Health Population Aims 
The DC Government issued the DC Healthy People 2020 (DC HP2020) framework in 2016 to set healthcare goals, population-level health outcome objectives, and targets for the year 2020. The report found that more than half of key population health outcomes in the District have been improving in recent years and it recommends evidence-based strategies to continue to improve key health outcomes for District of Columbia residents.

Mental Health and Mental Disorders

 * Improve policies and procedures to identify workplace/school bullying and establish clear guidelines for steps of resolution.
 * Screen for and improve surveillance around childhood trauma.*
 * Increase the proportion of primary care physician office visits where patients are screened for depression.

Injury and Violence Prevention
 * Prioritize transportation infrastructure improvements related to bicycle and pedestrian safety using injury and crash data.
 * Use YRBS data to inform school policy and decision-making and reduce disproportionate number of
school suspensions by race.
 * Implement restorative justice practices for individuals upon initial contact with the criminal justice system.
Access to Health Services

 * Implement and test an integrated clinical network to improve care by transferring chronically ill patients
who rely on emergency room visits for health care to patient-centered medical homes.
 * Increase and/or establish standard quality measures for hospitals, FQHCs, and community clinics.
 * Improve Health Information Exchange infrastructure.
 * Deliver health/social services as front door/back door concept, where residents are provided comprehensive services through a person-centric, coordinated system and the categorization for appropriate billing and data reporting occurs behind the scenes.
 * Improve care coordination (e.g. behavioral health and dental health integrated into primary care).

Social Determinants of Health
 * Increase multi-sector public, private and non-profit partnerships to further population health improvement through a coordinated focus on social determinants of health and health equity.
 * Advocate for a living wage as the minimum wage.
 * Restructure school resource allocation to align with an equitable model.
 * Support mixed-income development and the production of affordable working and living space.
 * Maintain a mix of uses in neighborhoods, including affordable production space, to support the retention of well-paid manual, skilled and low-skill jobs for people with low-educational attainment and other barriers to jobs.
 * Increase surveillance and data surrounding adult literacy levels.

Top Specialties in the District of Columbia      

According to a DC Board of Medicine survey of licensed physicians, the top five most commonly reported specialties in the District of Columbia were:
1. Internal Medicine (general)
2. Psychiatry
3. Radiology
4. Pediatrics (general)
5. Obstetrics & Gynecology




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