BMC’s Yawkey building doors are now closed as an entrance as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our campus and provide you with the best clinical care.

All patients and visitors on our main campus must enter our hospital via Shapiro, Menino, or Moakley buildings, where they will be greeted by team members at a new centralized check-in desk before continuing to the hospital. We are excited to welcome you and appreciate your patience as we improve our facilities.

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.



Infectious Diseases

Chronic Conditions

Behavioral Health

Did you know? in Boston...

4.1X higher rate

Black residents have a 4.1 times higher rate of infant mortality 

1.5X more likely

Black residents are 1.5 times more likely to die prematurely of cancer.

2.2X more likely

Hispanic residents are 2.2 times more likely to get infected with COVID-19. 

Help us in our fight for health justice

We're proud to be featured in the Healthier Together series, which explores the untold stories of resilience, compassion, and innovation in health systems across the world. The mini documentary spotlights BMC's commitment to health equity, thanks to a production for the MassMutual Foundation by BBCStoryworks Commercial Productions. The MassMutual Foundation is a generous BMC supporter.

Watch the film to see BMC leaders Thea James, MD, MBA, and Sara Stulac, MD, share how BMC is reimagining healthcare with innovative services and programs that allow all patients to thrive.

Make a gift to support BMC’s nationally leading health equity programs or contact us to learn how your organization can be part of this work.

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See what we've achieved

Hear from our many expert team members and partners how we are advancing our mission of health justice in crucial clinical areas, including our Equity in Pregnancy and Equity in Diabetes initiatives. Learn how we are thinking beyond hospital to fuel economic mobility in disinvested communities and particularly for people of color.

Our inaugural summit EQTY 2023 was a success!

In September we hosted medical and community leaders across the healthcare landscape at EQTY 2023: A Summit for Health Justice, where they convened to showcase innovations, share their expertise, and inspire the future of health equity.

Read HealthCity's coverage of EQTY 2023, direct from the conference's floor.

Our Team

Thea L James, MD, MBA

Co-Executive Director of the Health Equity Accelerator, Vice President of Mission, and Associate Chief Medical Officer

Elena Mendez-Escobar, PhD, MBA

Co-Executive Director of the Health Equity Accelerator and Executive Director of Strategy


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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