The Capital Area Physician Experience (CAPE) is a coalition, organized by the Capital Area Health Alliance, that focuses on recruiting and retaining physicians in the Mid-Michigan area. Changes in demographics and in models of health care delivery present challenges for communities across the country as they seek to attract and retain the physician workforce needed to meet their community needs. The Greater Lansing area is no exception. Through CAPE, leaders from medical education, hospitals, physician groups and the community are working together to develop strategies to show students, residents and practicing physicians that the Capital Area is a great place to live and practice medicine. The Alliance is unique among Michigan’s regional health coalitions in convening a group to address physician workforce needs.
CAPE activities include educating the community about the importance of a vibrant physician workforce to our economy, engaging medical students and residents in community activities, recognizing leaders who support CAPE efforts and collaborating to develop a physician workforce that can meet community needs.
Current active members of the committee include: Barry Eaton District Health Department, Eaton Rapids Medical Center, Graduate Medical Education, Inc., Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, Horizon Bank, Ingham Community Health Centers, Ingham County Medical Society, McLaren Greater Lansing, Michigan Center for Rural Health, Michigan Health Council, MSU College of Human Medicine, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, Sparrow Health System