Category Archives: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

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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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Disparities Council Meets

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. … Continue reading

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AMA Apologizes for Past Racism

The largest professional association for American physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA), issued an apology today for a history of racial bias and exclusion against black physicians (news report here). Past practices of the AMA that were acknowledged in the … Continue reading

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Disparities Council To Meet July 21

The Council on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities will next convene on Monday, July 21st (1 Ashburton Place, 21st floor). Chaired by Senator Dianne Wilkerson and Representative Byron Rushing, the July meeting will begin a three-month process for the Council … Continue reading

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Cambridge Study Highlights Gender Disparities

The Cambridge Public Health Department released a new report today, documenting the often-overlooked issue of gender-based health disparities. Both nationally and in Massachusetts, men have poorer health outcomes for heart disease, cancer, stroke, homicide and injury. Men of color fare … Continue reading

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Cultural Issues and Health Disparities Studied

What are the causes of racial and ethnic health disparities? Harvard Medical School researchers recently documented disparities in the outcomes of diabetes patients with the same physician. Despite the assumed equal treatment provided, blacks showed worse outcomes than their white … Continue reading

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Unnatural Causes — the movie — Premieres in Springfield and Holyoke

Unnatural Causes … is inequality making us sick is a groundbreaking new documentary series exploring how the social conditions in which Americans are born, live and work profoundly affect health and longevity, even more than medical care, behaviors and genes. … Continue reading

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