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Regional Projects

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
“Closing the Gap on Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities”
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation program “Closing the Gap on Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities” aims to enhance access and improve the quality of care provided to racial/ethnic minority populations that are affected by disparities. The Disparities Solutions Center is working with grantees by teaching and leading the development of a shared evaluation framework using the Results Based Accountability Framework. The Center is also providing technical assistance with evaluation to grantees during their three-year grant period.
Project Directors: Robin M. Weinick, Ph.D. & Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H.

Boston Public Health Commission
“The Disparities Project: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Boston”
The Boston Public Health Commission’s grant program provides funding to hospitals and community health centers for implementing data collection on race, ethnicity, language, and education using a consistent tool. The Disparities Solutions Center is providing training, consulting, and technical assistance, including the development and tailoring of a tool kit specific to grantees’ data collection needs, conducting a train-the-trainer session for registrars, and helping grantees identify clinical measures that will best achieve the result of eliminating disparities in health care.
Project Directors: Robin M. Weinick, Ph.D. & Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H.

The State of Delaware
“Developing a Strategic Plan to Address Disparities”
The state of Delaware under the leadership of Governor Ruth Ann Minner and through its Division of Public Health has embarked on several initiatives to address conditions where significant racial and ethnic disparities exist, including cancer and infant mortality. The Disparities Solutions Center is working with the state of Delaware to build capacity by developing targeted educational activities for the Delaware Division of Public Health and its Office of Minority Health, coordinating and planning a Master’s in Public Health program jointly sponsored by the Division of Public Health and Delaware State University, and identifying strategies to eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in cancer.
Project Director: Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H.

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