Boston Medical Center is driving the future of health equity
"Imagine a group of people of different heights, ages, and abilities standing behind a tall fence. Equality is giving everyone the same size box to help them see over the fence. Equity is giving each person what they need to see over the fence — a shorter person may need two boxes, whereas a taller person may need no boxes. Our goal is to go beyond this and remove the fence altogether."
— Elena Mendez-Escobar, co-executive director of the Health Equity Accelerator
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The Health Equity Accelerator at Boston Medical Center is working to transform healthcare to eliminate gaps in life expectancy and quality of life among different races and ethnicities. We've started working in five clinical areas where we see major disparities.
See what we've achieved in just one year
Hear from our co-executive directors on how we are advancing our Equity in Pregnancy program, hiring new equity-focused team members, fueling economic growth in the community, and learning lessons along the way that are driving the next phases of the Accelerator.
Help us reach our goal
Our goal is that by 2035 we will have made a demonstrable impact on racial health equity and built a model that other healthcare institutions can replicate to advance health equity across the U.S.
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Read more about the Accelerator
Meet our leadership team
Thea James, MD, MPH
Executive Director of the Health Equity Accelerator and Vice President of Mission & Associate Chief Medical Officer
Elena Mendez-Escobar, PhD, MBA
Executive Director of Strategy and the Health Equity Accelerator
Boston Medical Center’s Health Equity Accelerator was made possible through seed funding from two of our longstanding and dedicated corporate supporters: John Hancock and the MassMutual Foundation.
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