The Center’s mission is to: advance the practice of medicine, enhance the quality of medical care, promote the health of the citizens of the State of Maryland, explore the history of medicine in Maryland, and preserve MedChi’s archives.
The Center’s programs include supporting the study of medicine and the diffusion of medical knowledge through the continuing medical education of physicians; providing programs to maintain the wellness of practicing physicians serving the public; preserving and learning from the past history of medical care in Maryland; educating the public about medical issues, and promoting public health programs.
The Center supports a range of educational and charitable activities throughout the year including the Maryland Fetal and Infant Mortality Review, the Maryland Physician Health Program and the Dan McDougal Fund, the Hunt Lectureship, History of Maryland Medicine, and the Maryland Physicians Leadership Institute.
The Center for a Healthy Maryland is governed by a Board of Trustees, as well as a Board of Advisors, bringing together leaders in medicine, business, faith, education and the community. They work in concert to achieve health goals, create public policy advocacy and disseminate information to benefit the citizens of Maryland.
The CDC has released the third annual Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report which provides the latest updates since The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.
Key findings from the 2017 Progress Report include:
- The incidence of melanoma has decreased slightly among younger adults, but has continued to increase steadily among older adults.
- The prevalence of indoor tanning among adults and high school students has declined.
- 17 US states and the District of Columbia have prohibited indoor tanning for minors under 18.
- Over 50% of high school students and 33% of adults get sunburned each year.
- The percentage of schools providing sun safety and skin cancer education has decreased.
You can say MedChi’s Center for a Healthy Maryland is a proud member of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. Remind your patients to be safe in the sun this Memorial Day Weekend and throughout the summer! For more information about Don’t Fry Day, see www.skincancerprevention.org.