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Film Series Event
Pediatric Health Disparities:
Providing Cross-Cultural Family-Centered Care

Film: Worlds Apart: Justine Chitsena’s Story
Panel Discussion: Oscar Benavidez, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and
Alexy Arauz-Boudreau, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and MGHfC Associate Director of Population Health

Sponsored by the Disparities Solutions Center and the Multicultural Affairs Office at Massachusetts General Hospital

Thursday, January 29, 2015
1:00 – 2:00 pm*
Haber Auditorium, Blake Building, 1st Floor

Massachusetts General Hospital
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* A light lunch will be available from 12:30-1:00 outside the auditorium


Please join us for the annual Disparities Solutions Center and Multicultural Affairs Office Film Series. The goal of the series is to raise awareness of health disparities and cross-cultural care through the screening of popular documentary films, followed by an expert panel discussion and audience Q&A.

This event will focus on the topic of disparities in pediatric health care, with an emphasis on cross-cultural family-centered care. Family-centered care recognizes the role of family members as experts in the child’s needs and abilities. By respecting the family as an integral part of the care team and considering the needs of family members as well as the child, family-centered care provides a useful framework for facilitating culturally competent care.

This event will feature a segment from the highly acclaimed documentary series, Worlds Apart, which follows the story of Justine Chitsena, a four year old from Laos with an atrial septal defect, a congential heart abnormality. This film depicts the dilemma of Justine’s mother, Bouphet Chitsena, who is caught between the recommendation of Justine’s providers to surgically repair the defect and the opposition of Justine’s grandmother, who fears the scar from the operation will damage the girl’s soul.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Oscar J. Benavidez, MD, MPP, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Alexy Arauz-Boudreau, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and MGHfC Associate Director of Population Health.



All film series events are free and open to the public, and members of local health care communities are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to as a light lunch will be served and visit the DSC website for more information.

Save the Date!
The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum
September 29th and 30th
Seaport Boston Hotel, Boston, MA

The June 2014 Forum was a great success with over 180 participants from across the country, so be sure not to miss the next Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum in 2016! The Forum serves as a dissemination and implementation conference developed and led by The Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), as well as alumni from the Disparities Leadership Program. Forum faculty consist of experts in the field, as well as those with real-world experience implementing equity strategies and solutions. The Forum targets leaders that are active in health care delivery and focus on quality improvement (including those from health plans, hospitals, and health centers across the country). It provides participants with the tools and skills to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in health care within their organizations, with the goal of empowering them to implement these strategies and transform their organizations to focus on quality and equity.

For more information, and an overview of the 2014 Forum, visit our website
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