Racial Bias and Equity

Racial disparities in health outcomes have largely been shown to stem from structural racism and social determinants of health — factors such as inequitable access to economic opportunity, quality education, affordable and healthy foods, and a safe community. While the responsibility of eliminating racial disparities is shared also by the community and policymakers, healthcare providers can have immense impact through research, care models, training, and advocacy.

boston medical center pathways leadership program students
February 25, 2021

Scaling BMC's Pathways career advancement program could be a boon both to employees and to the patients they care for.

black man holding narcan for opioid overdose death prevention
February 8, 2021

Treatment and harm reduction approaches for opioid use disorder have failed to effectively meet the needs of people of color, experts say.

covid-19 vaccine in doctor's hand
December 11, 2020

Transparency and culturally appropriate communication are key to counteracting the hesitancy that could diminish the impact of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

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November 24, 2020

The efficacy of treatment versus the prevalence of the condition in Black patients adds evidence to the pile that more diversity is needed in clinical trials.

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November 4, 2020

A new collaboration among Boston cancer centers aims to increase minority populations’ access to the latest treatments for more equitable outcomes.