The CHMC staff look forward to working with Morehouse School of Medicine. (Courtesy photo)

Dignity Health – California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) has announced a new partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine with the aim of expanding and diversifying the healthcare workforce. With Morehouse School of Medicine as the program’s academic sponsor, post-graduate residents and fellows will benefit from training focused on addressing health inequities and underserved patients.

The announcement launches the first phase of the More in Common Alliance, a historic partnership between CommonSpirit Health/Dignity Health’s parent company, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

“California Hospital Medical Center is excited to be selected as a Graduate Medical Education site for the More in Common Alliance,” states Alina Moran, hospital president.

“We are well-positioned for this initiative given our location in the heart of Los Angeles, serving one of the most diverse patient populations within CommonSpirit Health. Our mission is deeply rooted in health justice, focused on removing barriers to access and creating the infrastructure to support truly equitable care for future generations. This partnership will help build the pipeline of healthcare providers who are representative of our diverse city while providing world-class, culturally competent care to all people in our community, no matter their background.”

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California Hospital was chosen as one of seven sites that will address two of the most pressing challenges in healthcare – a shortage of diverse clinicians and the need for more equitable health care.

“The transfer of the Family Medicine Residency Program at CHMC to the Sponsorship of Morehouse School of Medicine will position the hospital to execute the mission and vision of the More in Common Alliance,” shares Chinedu Ivonye, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine, Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education. “The community will be served by mission driven physicians and administrators committed to the unique needs of our diverse community.”

Announced in December 2020, The More in Common Alliance is a 10-year, $100 million initiative between CommonSpirit Health and the Morehouse School of Medicine will increase medical education opportunities for more Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). The More in Common Alliance was established as the partnership name because research demonstrates that patients consistently fare better when treated by clinicians of similar backgrounds who share lived experiences.