January 19, 2024

IN THIS ISSUE: Dr. Falcone's Legacy | RSVP for Emerging Trends Today | Women in Medicine February Meetup | Donate Diapers to PCC | Policy and Politics Update | Total Solar Eclipse Coming in April | Welcome New Members

Dr. Robert Falcone's Legacy: A Decade of Transformative Leadership at Columbus Medical Association 

When it comes to healthcare leadership, few individuals can boast a legacy as impactful as Dr. Robert Falcone, the CEO of the Columbus Medical Association and its affiliates (CMAA). After eight years of dedicated service, Dr. Falcone is preparing to embark on a new journey: retirement.

Take a moment to read this article and watch this video reflecting on all the amazing things the CMA and its affiliates have accomplished during his time here.

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Women in Medicine February Meetup | Wine & Chocolate

Calling all women physicians! Join us on February 12th for our first WiM Meetup of the year.

We'll begin with a mini wine and chocolate paring led by Gregory Stokes. Greg will pair an orange and dark chocolate with two expertly selected wines.

Then Dr. Choice will guide us in the #ASK/#GIVE collaborative experience that creates the opportunity for support and value exchange among WiM community members.

Come ready to participate… come ready to give and receive and also to experience this activity through the lens of a leader (which all physicians are!)

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Emerging Trends | Forgotten Vital Signs: Working Together to Humanize and Support Physicians and their Families

RSVP Today for the CMA's Annual Emerging Trends Speaker Series on January 30th from 6 - 8 pm. This year's topic is Forgotten Vital Signs: Working together to humanize and support physicians and their families.

The Columbus Medical Association is hosting a panel of experts who have personally walked in your shoes. They’ll share how to inform, empower, and provide resources to physicians and families that can quickly make a difference.

By attending, you will:  

  • Better understand why physicians have a hard time asking for and receiving help;
  • Recognize the unique stress families of physicians sometimes go through;
  • Learn how to tactfully approach a colleague in need of help;
  • Understand the big changes for Ohio physicians needing help for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. 

Be a part of this important discussion and bring your spouse/partner if able! RSVP Today!

This event is made possible by the generosity of the Columbus Medical Association Foundation.

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An Article from Emerging Trends Speaker Dr. Phuong Huynh

Check out this great blog from Dr. Phuong Huynh on looking for a therapist.

Dr. Huynh is the Well-being Director and an Associate Medical Director at the Ohio Professionals Health Program. Dr. Huynh will be one of the speakers at the Emerging Trends event on January 30th.

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Ohio Policy and Politics Update

No Legislative Sessions This Week – Senate HB 68 Veto Override Expected Next Week

The Ohio General Assembly is holding on to its plans for limited full sessions, at least in the early part of the year. There were selected committee hearings this week, but no voting sessions in either the House or Senate.


While the House will not meet next week, the Senate is planning a voting session. It is expected that the Senate will take a vote to override the Governor’s veto of HB 68. The Senate passed the bill originally by a vote of 24-8 and is widely expected to override the veto.


State Constitutional Amendments Expected in 2024

2023 was a busy year with three opportunities for voters to decide on proposed statewide issues – Constitutional Amendment Standards; Constitutional Abortion/Reproductive Rights; and Adult Marijuana Usage Initiated Statute.


With the outcomes in 2023 in mind, and 2024 being a Presidential election, as well as a US Senate race in Ohio, one should not be surprised to see several ballot issues this year.


This space will provide more details in the coming issues, but here is an outline of issues that are reported to be actively going through the many steps that are required to qualify for the Ohio ballot: 


  • Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting. A pair of former Ohio Supreme Court justices, Republican Maureen O’Connor and Democrat Yvette McGee Brown, are leading the effort that would replace a panel of elected officials who draw Ohio’s state legislative and congressional district maps with a newly created citizen’s commission.
  • Voting Access. A coalition of organizations are seeking to establish a “Voters Bill of Rights” that would expand voting access with increased voter registration, additional early voting opportunities and allow swore affidavits to replace required photo ID’s.
  • Minimum Wage Increase. A coalition, similar to the voting access effort, is proposing a stair-step increase in the state minimum wage to $15 per hour.
  • Hunting and Fishing. A group of Republican state legislators has proposed enshrining the right to hunt and fish.

There has been some work on a “Medical Freedom” amendment regarding governmental public health actions and vaccinations, but it is apparently not actively being pursued currently.

Details on these issues will be featured in future updates. For more information about the CMA’s Public Policy and Advocacy work, contact CMA Executive Director Lisa Oyer or Advocacy Consultant Malcolm Porter.

A Message from Ohio Emergency Services

On Monday, April 8, 2024, people within a 124-mile-wide band in the state of Ohio will experience a total solar eclipse.  

Areas in Ohio that are outside the path of totality will experience a partial eclipse.

A total solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular event. On average, one happens somewhere on the Earth only once every 1.5 years. Only 21 total solar eclipses have crossed the lower 48 states in the entire existence of the United States. The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in the year 2099.

This event will draw a large number of people and vehicles to viewing areas in the path of the eclipse. People will be coming to Ohio from across the country and the world. This will dramatically affect your ability to respond to emergencies and transport patients.  

Multi-agency planning between local, county, and state officials has been underway for over one year now. 

Has your agency been engaged in similar planning efforts? Are you and your first responders adequately prepared to meet the unique challenges that this event may cause in your area?

If your service is located in the path of the eclipse, we urge you to consult with your local officials and county Emergency Management Agency now to discuss emergency and non-emergency operations before, during, and after the eclipse.  

Go HERE for full details of the eclipse and access to related information found under the “Resources” tab.

Dr. Joshua da Silva

Emergency Services, Inc

Ashley Byrd, MD

OSU Psychiatry and Behavior Health

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