4-17-12: Health Enterprise Zones
“According to a number of measures, the State of Maryland is one of the highest performing states in the nation…Maryland also, despite its wealth, demonstrates significant disparities in healthcare and health outcomes.”
That’s from the Heath Disparities Work Group Final Report and Recommendations, which recommends the creation of Heath Enterprise Zones to encourage more medical professionals to locate to areas that have high health disparities.
Those zones were authorized on April 10 when Govenor O’Malley signed legislation creating them. For a look at the this latest attempt to tackle Maryland’s health disparities, Sheilah talks to Thomas LaViest, director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown.