Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

A Division of the NAPCA Foundation

Empowering students with the tools and mindsets to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and take ownership of their future college and career aspirations.

MPP Academy Goal 2035

We are committed to building a diverse pipeline of future medical students, as early as 4th grade, that is more representative of the U.S. population. Learn More

MPP Academy Goal 2035

Strategic Plan

MPP Academy Goal 2035

Our big goal is to increase the diversity among doctors who are underrepresented in the physician workforce from the current rate of 11% to 25% by 2035. We are committed to building a diverse pipeline of future medical students, as early as 4th grade, that is more representative of the U.S. population.

MPP Academy's Strategic Direction

MPP Academy’s Mission and Goal: The mission of the MPP Academy is to increase the number of high achieving students who are academically and mentally prepared with the social-emotional skills to: 1) complete medical school and 2) become licensed to practice medicine in a medical specialty that provides a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives. The MPP Academy was built to work in partnership with medical schools, student organizations and other stakeholders in the medical community to build a pipeline of students, as early as the 4th grade, from diverse backgrounds to the physician workforce.

This mission is directed toward a single, overarching “big goal”, which is to increase the percentage of U.S. doctors who are underrepresented in the physician workforce from the current rate of 11 percent to 25 percent by the year 2035.

We are committed to building a diverse pipeline of future medical students that is more representative of the U.S. population.

Goal 2035 Is A National Priority

We acknowledge that goal 2035 is an audacious goal. Still, our work suggest that meeting this goal is essential to the health of our country, as a diverse physician workforce is better equipped to address the myriad health disparities as well as to change the systemic racial inequities that exist in our healthcare system.

Studies show that racial, ethnic and gender diversity among health professionals promotes better access to health care, improves health care quality for underserved populations and better meets the health care needs of our increasingly diverse population. Yet, our physician workforce does not adequately reflect the actual racial, ethnic or gender makeup of the U.S. population.

We believe that goal 2035 is attainable if:

  • Students are prepared academically, financially and socially for success in pre-med coursework and medical school education.
  • Medical schools strengthen their investment in early outreach pipeline programs to create diverse applicant pools and increase the number of students underrepresented in medicine who are prepared to enter and graduate from medical school.
  • Medical school matriculation and completion rates improve significantly for underrepresented students in medicine.
  • Medical Schools expand their capacity to serve more students and support creation of alternative delivery systems for medical school education.

Change of this magnitude will only be possible with the active engagement and support of many organizations and individuals. That is why the MPP Academy and the NAPCA Foundation is eager to partner with leaders in the medical community, colleges and universities, state and federal governments, businesses and labor, philanthropists, and others committed to making goal 2035 a reality.

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MPP Academy’s Catalytic Approaches

Through the strategic planning process, the MPP Academy has identified three approaches to serving as a catalyst for the changes needed to achieve the big goal— effective practice, public policy and public will building.

Implementation of the catalytic approaches relies on the MPP Academy’s use of the full range of tools at its disposal. These tools include:

  • Collaboration and network building
  • Communication
  • Convening
  • Evaluation
  •  Grantmaking
  • Mission-related investments
  • Research
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Development of Effective Practice

The MPP Academy has supported development of a wide range of effective practices related to its mission, however, our commitment to achieving “goal 2035” demands a new, more rigorous, outcomes-based approach to development of effective practices—an approach that, from the outset, asks difficult questions about scalability and sustainability.

Work by the MPP Academy and other stakeholders has already identified a number of effective practices supporting the big goal. In many cases, implementation of these practices will require immediate efforts to build public and political will for policy change. In other areas, the outcome we need is clear, but the practices that will achieve an outcome are less clear. In those cases, the MPP Academy will support the exploratory work needed to clearly define effective practices that will help achieve the big goal. Such work might include: research and development, convening of experts and practitioners, and network building.

The MPP Academy is committed to developing scalable and sustainable practices that drive toward the big goal. We are also dedicated to building a culture of evidence that informs our strategic approach to public policy and public will building.

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Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

Public Policy

Improving public policy to increase the diversity of the physician workforce is key to achieving the big goal. Public policy leverages resources, particularly state investments to support more effective practice in medical school education.
Increasing access and success for underrepresented students in medicine to the levels demanded by the big goal will require a systematic response from the entire education system, including community colleges, four-year institutions, K-12 systems, outreach programs, and others. Only through policy can change at such a scale be realized.

The objective of MPP Academy’s public policy work is to support policy changes that will help achieve goal 2035.

The Policy Pyramid

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Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

MPP Academy's framework for developing effective public policy includes four types of engagement:

  • Build capacity in organizations and systems that provide information and advice to policymakers on higher education issues.
  • Identify the issues that need to be addressed and analyze policy that can build consensus on the needed changes.
  • Set the agenda for the change that needs to occur.
  • Advocate for the policies that need to be adopted to bring about the change.
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Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

To advance and support its work on public policy, the MPP Academy will take the following steps:

  • Annually release a Policy Agenda that defines our policy objectives and priorities at the state and federal levels.
  • Establish a more formal presence in policy discussions at the federal level, including the Department of Education, the White House, Congress and national policy analysis and advocacy organizations that focus on increasing the diversity of the physician workforce.
  • Support the expansion of capacity in organizations to engage policymakers to advance our work.
  • Coordinate our policy work with key partner organizations, foundations, community leaders, and other stakeholders.
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Public Will Building

To reach the big goal, the MPP Academy needs to make the case for urgent action and promote attitudes and behavior that support student preparation and success in medical school education. Although the MPP Academy will address a wide range of stakeholders, strategic efforts will be focused on specific target audiences, such as parents and students, policymakers and leaders in the medical community, business, media and other fields.

The MPP Academy’s “public will building framework” is based on four steps that identify communication goals for different target audiences and, where required, produce attitude and behavior changes required to reach the big goal.

These steps are:

  • Frame the issue and make the case for change.
  • Identify players and influencers.
  • Determine the attitude and behavior changes required, and implement strategies that increase awareness, understanding and, where necessary, conviction and commitment to change, as illustrated by the chart below.
  • Plan, build alliances, assign resources and execute.
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Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

Public Will Building Model

To advance and support its work on public will building, the MPP Academy will take the following steps:

  • Develop, collectively with its partners, specific plans for each of the pressing public issues that will require attitude and behavior changes to reach the big goal.
  • Support the adoption and implementation of effective practice(s) in early outreach medical school preparation.
  • Coordinate public will building with public policy efforts.
  • Create dialogues among the MPP Academy and its target audiences.
  • Create change by using best practices in public will building and communications (including use of mass media, electronic communication, publications, speaking engagements and convenings, among others.)
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Conclusion

As one of the nation’s largest organizations focused exclusively on building a more diverse pipeline of pre-med and medical students, as early as 4th grade, the MPP Academy has a unique leadership opportunity and responsibility to support the achievement of the big goal, which is to increase the diversity among doctors who are underrepresented in the physician workforce from the current rate of 11% to 25% by 2035. We are committed to building a diverse pipeline of future medical students that is more representative of the U.S. population.

Change of this magnitude will only be possible with a strong network of supporters. That is why the MPP Academy is seeking support from many organizations and individuals to achieve goal 2035.

If you or your organization are interested in partnering with us to reach goal 2035, please contact me directly.

Dr. Aaron W. Smith

Executive Director