Annual YWCA Stand Against Racism Event
Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Disparities Solutions Center, and the Center for Community Health Improvement at MGH
Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
12:30 – 1:30 pm*
Thier Conference Room
Massachusetts General Hospital
*A light lunch will be served during the event
About the Speaker: Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, is widely recognized for her dedication to health care for underserved and vulnerable populations, and most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Her work includes ensuring that state and national health care reform efforts enhance the care for homeless individuals, without inadvertently widening existing health care disparities. Under her medical leadership, BHCHP — the largest nonprofit health care organization for homeless individuals in the country — provided health care to over 12,500 homeless men, women, and children at over 70 sites across the Greater Boston region.
The Stand Against Racism™ is a movement that was initiated by the YWCA in 2008 to raise awareness and educate audiences of the racism that still exists in our communities. Organizations across the US are invited to become participating sites by hosting their own "Stand." The objective of these "Stands" is to bring organizations around the nation together to unite and eliminate racism. We expect this event to be both educational and exciting.
All Stand Against Racism events are free and open to the public and members of local health care and research communities are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to reserve your spot and visit our events page for more information about our upcoming events.
Full-Time Research Assistant
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The Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) within the Mongan Institute for Health Policy of the Massachusetts General Hospital, is seeking a full time research assistant to assist with the day-to-day duties of a variety of projects. The DSC is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategies that advance policy and practice to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The DSC will achieve this mission by:
- Serving as a change agent by developing new research and translating innovative research findings into policy and practice
- Developing and evaluating customized policy and practice solutions for health care providers, insurers, educators, community organizations, and other stakeholders
- Providing education and leadership training to expand the community of skilled individuals dedicated to eliminating health care disparities
The candidate must demonstrate strong organizational, administrative, and oral and written communication skills, with a strong interest and background in public health and/or disparities. A successful candidate will possess both strong program support and analytical skills.
For more information visit our Opportunities Page
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**NEW TIME AND LOCATION
Thursday, April 30th, 2015
1:30 – 2:30 pm*
Schiff Conference Center, Yawkey 4-820
Massachusetts General Hospital
*A light lunch will be served during the event
Please join us for a presentation by Lenny López, MD, MDiv, MPH, Assistant at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy and Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center. Understanding the dynamic between limited English proficient (LEP) patients and their clinical providers is of utmost importance for understanding observed disparities in health care. Few studies have explored clinician use of interpreter services in academic hospitals and the effect of interpreter encounters on the inpatient outcomes of LEP patients. This seminar will examine the impact of inpatient interpreter use for LEP patients on length of stay, 30-day post discharge emergency department visits and 30- day hospital readmission rates.
Please RSVP here to reserve your spot and visit our events page for more information about our upcoming events.
Lenny López, MD, MDiv, MPH
Webinar Recording Now Available:
Making Data Meaningful: Monitoring Performance in Quality and Equity
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The foundation of all efforts to identify disparities, improve quality, achieve equity and deliver value is effective data collection. Developing robust equity dashboards and reports is critical in this effort. This October 14th HPOE webinar held by the Institute for Diversity and Symposium for Leaders in Healthcare Quality highlighted key lessons learned from the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the 2014 AHA Equity of Care award winner in regards to dashboards and reports. DSC Disparities Leadership Program alumnus CHE Trinity Health also shared lessons learned, key do's and don'ts, as well as practical steps to both get started and advance ongoing initiatives in equity measurement and monitoring.
- Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director, Disparities Solutions Center at MGH
- Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, Deputy Director, Disparities Solutions Center at MGH
- Laura Archbold, RN, MBA, Vice President, UCO Operations, CHE Trinity Health
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American Hospital Association Equity of Care Award
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston received the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) inaugural Equity of Care Award for its efforts to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity within the organization’s leadership and staff. The award was presented on July 21 at the Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.
The AHA Equity of Care Award was created to recognize outstanding efforts among hospitals and care systems to advance equity of care to all patients, and to spread lessons learned and progress toward achieving health equity. In 2011, the AHA joined four national health care organizations to issue a call to action to eliminate health care disparities by focusing on increasing the collection of race, ethnicity and language preference data; increasing cultural competency training; and increasing diversity in governance and leadership.
MGH has been a leader in the health care field on efforts to increase diversity and reduce disparities in care. MGH first established a system wide Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in 2003 to focus internal attention on the challenge of disparities, improve the collection of race/ethnicity data, and implement quality improvement programs to reduce disparities. The Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) was established in 2005 in response to national and local calls to address disparities in health care. The Disparities Solution Center is an action-oriented center with a practical focus of moving the issue of disparities in health care beyond research and into the arenas of policy and practice. It serves as a national, regional and local resource for hospitals and other key health care stakeholders. The MGH Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities, in partnership with the DSC, has implemented programs that have improved outcomes and eliminated racial and ethnic disparities related to diabetes management, colorectal and breast cancer screening, patient experience, as well as quality and safety for patients with limited English proficiency.
In addition, MGH has is working to embed diversity in all aspects of its strategic plan; undertaken efforts to increase the diversity of its leadership and governance; and developed hospital-wide cultural competency standards as well as deployed a number of specific cultural competency education and training programs for physicians, nurses and front-line staff. MGH also funds and supports many initiatives to increase staff diversity including the Multicultural Affairs Office, several diversity fellowships, English for Speakers of Other Language courses, scholarship programs and various Employee Resource Groups such as the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners, the Office for Women’s Careers, the LGBT Committee and the Committee on Latino Initiatives.
“We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition from the AHA,” said Dr. Peter Slavin, President of Massachusetts General Hospital, “The Institute of Medicine Report Unequal Treatment demonstrated the importance of incorporating efforts focused on equity into a comprehensive quality management program. We have made some progress in identifying and addressing health care disparities at MGH. However, we feel like we have just scratched the surface of this important quality topic. This award will inspire us to intensify our efforts further.”
The Equity of Care Award will be presented annually by the AHA. Hospitals were required to complete an application describing their efforts to provide equitable care and had to participate in the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s most recent benchmarking survey on diversity and disparities.
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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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