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Racial and Ethnic Disparities: Keeping Current Seminar Series
Musculoskeletal Health Disparities: The Role of Language and Psychosocial Factors in Determining Upper-Extremity Disability

Thursday, October 30, 2014
12:30 -1:30 pm
Sweet Conference Room, Gray/Bigelow Building, 4th Floor, Massachusetts General Hospital
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*Light lunch will be served

The Racial and Ethnic Disparities: Keeping Current seminar series aims to disseminate the latest information on interventions, research findings, and health policy updates regarding efforts to reduce disparities. These discussion forums feature informative presentations from experts in the field as well as context, perspectives, and opinions from key healthcare stakeholders. 

David Ring

David Ring, MD, PhD

Mariano Menendez

Mariano Menendez, MD

Please join us for a presentation by Mariano Menendez, MD, Research Fellow at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam, and by David Ring, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Psychosocial factors including mood, mindset, and coping strategies are consistently identified as major determinants of musculoskeletal symptoms and disability. The impact of other psychosocial elements such as acculturation on disability is less well studied. Low linguistic acculturation to United States society – particularly among Hispanics who are foreign-born and who do not speak English as their primary language – has been shown to affect readmissions and visits to the Emergency Department, as well as satisfaction in numerous settings of healthcare delivery, but its effect on musculoskeletal disability remains unclear. This seminar will examine whether a patient’s primary native language is an independent predictor of upper-extremity disability and whether there are any differences in the contribution of psychological factors to disability between native Spanish-speaking and English-speaking patients. Presenters will also discuss other studies conducted by this group in the field of disparities in health literacy and access to orthopaedic care (e.g. preoperative autologous blood donations, timing of surgery and use of rehabilitation services for proximal humerus fracture).

All Keeping Current Seminar series events are free and open to the public. This event will be held in the Sweet Conference Room on Gray/Bigelow 4 at Massachusetts General Hospital, and members of local health care and research communities are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to to reserve your spot.

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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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