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Welcome

Welcome to the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) website, and thank you for your interest in our work. 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.

Specifically we are working to:

  • Create change by developing new research and translating the findings into policy and practice.
  • Find solutions that help health care leaders, organizations, and key stakeholders ensure that every patient receives high-value, high-quality health care.
  • Encourage leadership by expanding the community of health care professionals prepared to improve quality, address disparities and achieve equity.

Our goal is to move beyond research and begin to take action—by developing and disseminating models for identifying and addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health care nationally, regionally, and locally. Through our work, we hope to move all healthcare stakeholders one step forward – and closer to eliminating racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare.

Composed of a multidisciplinary group of health policy experts, health services researchers and physicians, the DSC opened in July of 2005 with initial funding from Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare System. It is housed within the MGH Institute for Health Policy and affiliated with MGH and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Medicine.

For more information on how the DSC is working to assure equitable, high quality health care for all, please browse through our website. Thank you.

Recent Updates from the DSC

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum
Seaport Boston Hotel, Boston, MA
June 19th and 20th, 2014

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum: Pursuing High-Value Healthcare, is convened by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Now Available on our website:

The passage of health care reform and current efforts in payment reform herald a significant transformation of the United States health care system. Across the country, health care organizations are preparing to expand access to health care that provides the best quality in a cost-effective way. Pursuing high-value health care is the ultimate goal.

Improving quality and achieving equity are more important now than ever before, as disparities are in fact the epitome of low value—care that varies in quality, and is usually more costly. As we pursue high-value health care, it is critical to assure that our healthcare system is capable of delivering high quality care to all, while eliminating disparities and assuring equity.

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum will provide the background, key drivers, and essential strategies to improve quality and achieve equity in a time of rapid healthcare system change. Leaders from multiple disciplines and health care organizations who work in the areas of quality and safety; disparities, diversity and equity; health policy; and health care design and delivery, as well as anyone interested in these fields, will find the Forum to be a unique and highly valuable experience.

Come hear from:

  • Peter Slavin, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Deborah Enos, MSPH, CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Carolyn Clancy, MD, Former Director of AHRQ, Assistant Deputy under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety and Value, Veterans Health Administration
  • John Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer, Harvard, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • David E. Miller, DDS, Chief, Division of Oral Health, Office of Health Promotion, Illinois Department of Public Health
  • J. Emilio Carrillo, MD, MPH, Vice President, Community Health, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Winston Wong, MD, MS, Clinical Director, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente
  • James Corbett, JD, MDiv, Senior Vice President, Community Health and Values Integration, Centura Health

For more information, please visit our forum website.

Now Available: 2012-2013 DSC Annual Report
The Disparities Solutions Center's 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available. The Annual Report provides an overview of the mission and goals of the DSC as well as major accomplishments and partnerships established over the course of the year.

Download the 2012-2013 Report

View reports from previous years

2013 AAMC Challenge Award
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has awarded the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital the AAMC Learning Health System Challenge award for its work on disparities, equity and quality improvement . The AAMC has selected 13 winners of the award for outstanding innovations in medical education, care delivery, research and diversity and inclusion. The award recognizes institutions that have implemented system-wide processes that improve the opportunity for research within quality improvement, health equity, and research using data from electronic health records.