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Podcast Episode: Maryland’s successful Health Enterprise Zones previously led by Congressman Brown considered for national adoption.
When Congressman Anthony Brown was Lt. Governor of Maryland, he implemented a new model for reducing health disparities: the creation of Health Enterprise Zones. The scheme aimed to tackle the problem of “healthcare deserts” through grants, incentives and tax credits, so increasing primary care and dental provision in some of Maryland’s underserved communities. In this podcast Rep. Brown discusses how the zones were conceived, why they succeeded, and explores why this matters even more in the age of COVID-19. Rep. Brown now aims to bring about national funding and adoption of the program through a new bill before congress. “This is not a partisan issue,” he says. “There are disparities that exist, often along racial and ethnic lines, often along geographic lines, and the bottom line is whether you are Republican or Democrat, you should want to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable care and has an opportunity to live a healthy and meaningful life, which means a more productive life both at home and in the workplace”. Featuring Representative Anthony Brown, Maryland’s Fourth Congressional District, and Dr. Mary O’Connor, Chair of Movement is Life and Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine.