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Disparities Council Meets

Disparities Council Meets

July 22, 2008

The Health Disparities Council held its monthly meeting yesterday, reviewing recommendations of the Special Legislative Commission on Health Disparities, and developing a work group to develop priorities for the Council to implement. Materials from the meeting are available here.

Dr. Alice Coombs (Massachusetts Medical Society) , Dr. Paul Mendis (Neighborhood Health Plan), Dr. Joseph Betancourt (Massachusetts General Hospital) and DPH Commissioner John Auerbach, presented on behalf of the original Commision’s working groups, addressing workforce diversity, health care access and quality, and social determinants issues. The presenters all pointed to the success of health care access expansion in Massachusetts as an important step in disparities elimination efforts, but also noted the need to continue working to address quality, cultural competence, and social context problems.

Council Chair Representative Rushing developed a small work group that will identify priorities in these areas for the Council to begin addressing in the August meeting.
Camille Watson