The concept of social mission refers to the general belief held by many, that health professions education has a responsibility to society to advance health equity and address health disparities in the communities they serve. Although the concept of social mission in the U.S. is relatively novel, it is possible to trace the roots of social accountability and social mission in other related initiatives in the field. The list below is a small compilation of these related works, which influenced the survey instrument.
ASPIRE ASPIRE is a program that recognizes international excellence in education in a medical, dental, or veterinary school through its ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award. Schools opt to be assessed for excellence in one of six areas, including Social Accountability. The Social Mission Metrics survey instrument includes many of the components of the ASPIRE recognition in social accountability of a medical school.
Beyond Flexner Alliance Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA) is a national movement, focused on health equity and training health professionals as agents of more equitable health care. This movement takes us beyond centuries-old conventions in health professions education to train providers prepared to build a system that is not only better, but fairer. The basis of the Social Mission Metrics Initiative’s purpose and social mission definition is borrowed from the BFA.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an education policy and research center advocating for the use of improvement science to support system reform. Developed by the Foundation and housed at Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service, the elective Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification is the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity and community engagement. The framework guided the development of the Social Mission self-assessment survey instrument.
The Global Consensus for Social Accountability The Global Consensus for Social Accountability (GCSA), supported by the World Health Organization and others, came about through an extensive process of consensus building amongst international stakeholders in health education, professional regulation, and policy-making. It consists of ten strategic directions for medical schools to become socially accountable
Transformative Education for Health Professionals The Transformative Education for Health Professionals is a World Health Organization initiative to help health professional education keep pace with changing health care needs. The set of twelve domain areas from faculty development to governance and planning are meant for global reach but some guidelines may be pertinent for domestic use.
THEnet: Training for Health Equity Network THEnet: Training for Health Equity Network is an organization of global members and partners contributing to health equity through health workforce education, research, and service based on the principles of social accountability and community engagement. THEnet’s Framework for Socially Accountable Health Workforce Education—a tool to align health workers with community needs— influenced the social mission survey instrument.