Stop Denying Upstate NY Adequate Healthcare. Give Us More Doctors.
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The Western and Southern Tier regions of NY, have some of the lowest ranking health outcomes in the state, with Chemung County ranking #57(1) out of #62. That’s a 7 point drop(2) in just a single year. There is a simple solution. More doctors.
There has been a strong coordinated effort to bring a high quality medical school to the region. In fact, the LECOM Elmira Medical School Campus has received provisional accreditation from the Middle States Commission of Higher Education within the scope of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s existing accreditation. BUT, the school is being denied preliminary accreditation by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). LECOM has been denied an unprecedented four times by COCA despite providing documentation and clarification to questions raised regarding access to learning space and curriculum presented at the proposed Elmira campus.
In short, the healthcare of the entire region of Upstate and Western New York is being held hostage to internal politics. This is not right. The situation is so bad, that even Senator Chuck Shumer (picture) has stepped in to help balance the scales and attempt to get a fair hearing from COCA, and then more recently added a bit more weight with a strong open letter to COCA(3). You can read both letters here.
The preliminary accreditation is being reviewed by COCA a 5th time and we need to add public pressure to the committee to make a fair and proper decision to grant preliminary accreditation.
We need to tell Vice President of Accreditation Alissa P. Craft, DO, MBA to stop putting politics ahead of the health of the men, women and children of NY. People should have easy access to the doctors they need. Release us from this politically motivated hostage situation.
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Alissa P. Craft, DO, MBA
Vice President of Accreditation
American Osteopathic Association
AOA Department of Accreditation
142 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(1) 2017 County Health Rankings of New York. University of Wisconsin‐Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health. http://bit.ly/2017-Health-Rankings
(2) 2016 County Health Rankings of New York. University of Wisconsin‐Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health. http://bit.ly/2016-Health-Rankings
(3) Open letter and Press Release by United States Senator for New York, Charles E. Schumer. http://bit.ly/SenLetter
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