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Disparities Action Network Hosts Legislative Briefing

Disparities Action Network Hosts Legislative Briefing

January 30, 2008

The Disparities Action Network and Representative Byron Rushing hosted a health disparities briefing today in the State House. More than 75 persons packed the Member’s Lounge to view video clips following two diverse patients through their difficult experiences with the medical care system, and discussed the issue with an expert panel. Experts included Dr. Joseph Betancourt of the MGH Disparities Solution Centers, Meghan Patterson of the Boston Public Health Commission, Dr. Howard Koh of the Harvard School of Public Health, and Dr. Michele David of the Boston Medical Center. Rep. Rushing and the panel called for action on the issue, asking legislators and legislative staff to support the Governor’s line item allocating $1 million to create Office of Health Equity at the Executive Office of Health & Human Services. Camille Watson