Category Archives: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

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May Health Disparities Council Meeting

Early last week, the Commonwealth’s Health Disparities Council held its monthly meeting to continue their work on creating policies to reduce health disparities among Massachusetts residents. Since the Senate was in the midst of addressing their version of the FY10 … Continue reading

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Bookmark This: BCBS MA Foundation Launches Impressive New Website

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is launching their new website today: BlueCrossFoundation.org. We think it’s great, we want you to take a look at it, too. The website is user-friendly and chock-full of valuable information about the … Continue reading

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Watch, and then Call: “There’s Nothing More Hurtful And Regressive Than A Budget Cut”

First, please watch the video below, highlights from today’s inspirational, packed “Stop The Cuts” rally at the State House. The speakers include Harris Gruman of SEIU and the Stop the Cuts Coalition; Lisa Wong, Mayor of Fitchburg; John Bennett of … Continue reading

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Third Birthday for Quality and Disparities Initiatives in Chapter 58

As we celebrate three years of healthcare reform this week and applaud the great work that has brought insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of individuals across the Commonwealth, we should also recognize efforts in the law to improve health … Continue reading

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Kudos to AG Coakley for Updated Community Benefits Guidelines

Yesterday Attorney General Martha Coakley released updated Community Benefit Guidelines for Non Profit Acute Care Hospitals and Health Maintenance Organizations (Links: the guidelines and the press release). The AG and her staff led a thoughtful guideline revision process including convening … Continue reading

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Disparities Council Meeting Report

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 … Continue reading

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A Call To Action For Domestic HIV/AIDS Investment

Nearly 25,000 experts, advocates, and impacted populations converged on Mexico City last week for the International AIDS Conference. The 17th meeting was as much political as scientific, with contentious issues around stigma, antiretroviral drug access, and research funding shaping the … Continue reading

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