There is a significant and undeniable race-based gap when it comes to health outcomes.
Health Equity Overview
Health equity is an incredibly complex issue that is impacting communities of color in multiple ways. Because health inequity reaches far beyond a hospital’s walls and links to challenges around housing, food security, and economic mobility – to name a few - there is no one-dimensional solution for creating a more equitable future.
One of the biggest challenges in providing more equitable access to healthcare is that there is systemic and long-standing unconscious bias among healthcare staff at all levels within the U.S. healthcare system. This is not a new dynamic, but an entrenched issue that has been in existence for generations. Our extensive research has uncovered five salient ways that healthcare discriminates against people of color from a systematic perspective.
The Heath Equity Accelerator is focused on creating holistic change at BMC. One of the ways that we can close the health equity gap for future generations is to provide opportunities for future medical leaders to have an acute understanding of the challenges that communities of color uniquely face in getting access to equitable healthcare. The Health Equity Fellowship reflects our commitment to creating change across the entire healthcare delivery spectrum including the people who will lead the next generation.
For more information on the Health Equity Fellowship, please email us at BMCHS.Equity@bmc.org.
Together @ BMCHS | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Year in Review
It would be impossible to document everything happening at BMCHS to address health equity; there’s simply too much happening every day to create a more just healthcare system. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Year in Review shares some of the highlights, innovations and unique efforts that represent the kind of commitment and expertise that the Health Equity Accelerator is built upon.
Read it below or download the PDF.
Health Equity Articles
A new initiative by Boston Medical Center's Health Equity Accelerator shows promise in reducing A1C among patients of color living with diabetes.
"People who say it can't be done should get out of the way," said keynote speaker Harriet A. Washington about achieving true health equity.
Boston Medical Center Health System's inaugural health equity conference will focus on closing care gaps and building an equitable health landscape.
"If we don't speak candidly about racial health disparities, we can't do the work to eliminate them."
Innovative Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Program Significantly Drops Rate of Severe Hypertension Postpartum
With glaring racial disparities in maternal mortality, a program that could begin to bridge gaps in postpartum care was desperately needed.
One year since its launch, BMC's Health Equity Accelerator is fueling the change needed to achieve racial health justice.
Study finds worse pregnancy outcomes among Black patients are driven by complications of preeclampsia.
BMC Health Equity Accelerator's first area of focus is to address racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy.
With its partnership with BMC, MassMutual Foundation believes that serving its community also best serves its employees and company as a whole.
Research shows Black women are more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications. But how and why? BMC experts are determined to find out.
"We recognize that until we can reduce the negative impact of a person's environment, we can't get them healthy."
"Together, we can eliminate the barriers that keep us from health justice and ensure that everyone can live a long and healthy life."