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Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Gov. Patrick to Unveil MA Health "Compact" Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Gov. Patrick will unveil a new broad-based Administration health agenda for Massachusetts. The event will be held in the Hall of Flags on the second floor of the State House beginning at 11:45am. The Globe got hold of some plan details and disclosed them in a story today -- click here. Seems like the Administration is getting ready to put its own mark and stamp on health care -- good thing. PS - The WBUR health reform call-in show was quite good. Listen here. Read more »

C.58's Racial/Ethnic Disparities Council to Hold 1st Meeting on Tuesday

The Council on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities established under Chapter 58, the Massachusetts Health Reform law, will convene it’s first official meeting on Tuesday, December 18th, 11:30am, at the Joslin Diabetes Center in the Longwood section of Boston. The Council is charged with making recommendations to reduce and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in access to quality health care and in health outcomes within the Commonwealth. The 37 designated members organizations of the council are representative of a wide range of groups working to eliminate health disparities in... Read more »

Patrick Administration Takes Public Action on Racial/Ethnic Disparities

HCFA and the Disparities Action Network (DAN) applaud the release of $1 million in disparities reduction grants from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health . The grants were announced today at the Greater Lawrence Community Health Center. The Health Center is one of 36 agencies who will receive funding for initiatives around key disparities issues including research, workforce development, health education, and health care delivery. Read more »

Major Disparities Announcements Tomorrow

Massachusetts will be taking a major step tomorrow to address racial and ethnic health disparities. HHS Secretary Bigby, and DPH Commissioner Auerbach will announce $1 million in grants to 36 agencies throughout the state to fund new efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health inequities in Massachusetts. DPH will also release its most comprehensive report to date detailing the problem of health disparities in Massachusetts. The 300+ page report covers a range of health topics broken down by region, race and ethnicity. Congratulations to the administration for moving this issue forward in... Read more »

Quality and Cost Council to Hold Dialogues on Race/Ethnicity Data Collection

On Friday, November 16th, (2:30pm-430 pm), the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council will start a series of dialogues related to collection of race and ethnicity data from Massachusetts health insurers. Once collected, the data will be measured and analyzed to determine areas of need and progress in health care services, related to the elimination of health disparities. The Council welcomes individuals who would like to contribute to this dialogue about patient data collection. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Jacqueline.Dasilva@state.ma.us. Space is Limited. Read more »

Blog on Health Disparities

Here's something we didn't know about. Case Western Reserve University has been hosting a racial and ethnic Health Disparities blog since April 2006. Somewhat less than daily postings, but still a great resource to catch up on news, developments, new studies and more in the world of health disparities. We've already bookmarked... Read more »

Creating a Voice and Movement for Health Equity

This past Wednesday, the Disparities Action Network (DAN) organized a successful advocacy day at the State House. To our knowledge, this is the first time people across Massachusetts have been mobilized to call for public action to eliminate disparities. The day was a culmination of discussions and reports and dialogues taking place for over a decade. Over 300 people packed Nurses Hall to draw attention to the need to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in Massachusetts. The crowd included over 40 students from Health Careers Academy, 40 elders from Reach Boston Elders 2010 and... Read more »

Disparities Day at State House Tomorrow

Lots of talk, talk, talk about disparities. How about some action? If you want some, come to the State House tomorrow, 10am, and take part in the first ever State House action to draw attention to the need to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in Massachusetts. The action is sponsored by the Disparities Action Network, a coalition of more than 45 state organizations committed to taking action against disparities. The DAN is supporting H2234 sponsored by Rep. Byron Rushing and dozens of other legislators. Come on down! Read more »

Disparities Commission Reports

The "Commission to End Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities" issued their final report last night. We'll post the report here and on the HCFA home page when we get it. You can read the the release summarizing the report from the Commission's House Chair, Peter Koutoujian, here, and listen to WBUR's interview with Koutoujian and the Senate chair, Dianne Wilkerson, here. The Globe also covered the story. Also present at the release event were EOHHS Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby and DPH Commissioner Jon Auerbach. Both were members of the Commission before being appointed to their posts, and both... Read more »

Disparities Special Commission Report to be Released 8/8/07

Have you been waiting for the final report of the MA Special Commission to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities? The wait is nearly over -- here's a new release from the offices of Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and Rep. Peter Koutoujian: RE: SAVE THE DATE: Commission to End Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Rollout Event As Co-Chairs of the State Commission to End Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, we would like to invite you to a reception announcing the official rollout of the Health Care Disparities Commission Report. The leadership of the Disparities Commission has agreed that... Read more »


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