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Disparities Council Meeting Report

Disparities Council Meeting Report

September 17, 2008

The Council on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities met on Monday, September 15th. Chaired by Representative Byron Rushing, the September meeting focused on a presentation on the Council's prioritization process and the working groups’ priorities of the former Special Legislative Commission on Health Disparities.

Council members discussed the most appropriate role for the council in a variety of areas, particularly areas that are currently underway including hospital race and ethnicity data collection. The group also debated the addition of new priorities and topics that were not recommended by the Commission nearly two years ago.

The next Council meeting will include a vote on the working group recommendations and any new proposals that members contribute as a result of Monday’s meeting.

Stay tuned to the HCFA Disparities Council webpage to track the Council developments. For inclusion on the Council mailing list, contact John.Samuelian@state.ma.us.