Health care disparities are the inequalities or differences in health care quality or access among racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. The MGH Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) is dedicated to identifying these disparities and developing strategies and advancing policies to eliminate them on a community, regional and national level. Recently, the DSC was honored for its notable work by two local health care advocacy organizations.
On May 2, the Diabetes Coalition of Massachusetts (DCOM) recognized the DSC, along with the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, for their collaborative project, the Diabetes Management Program. Based at MGH Chelsea, the program, named a 2008 Program of Excellence, aims to improve diabetes control among MGH Chelsea patients, particularly among the non-English-speaking Latino community. The program was established in 2006 following studies indicating that Latinos are 33 percent less likely than whites to receive standard care for diabetes and have poorer blood sugar control. The DCOM award recognizes the Diabetes Management Program for its successful, innovative and multidisciplinary contributions to the field of diabetes prevention, education and management.
On May 14, Health Care for All, a consumer health care advocacy organization that provides services to individuals in Massachusetts, honored the DSC with its 2008 Community Leader Award at the "For the People, A Celebration of Health Care Leaders" annual gala at the Westin Copley Place Boston. The award recognized the DSC for its research, education and training to advance health care equity and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.
For more information about the DSC, visit www.mghdisparitiessolutions.org.