3203.0 Massachusetts Health Reform: Eliminating Disparities and Creating Health Equity

Monday, October 27, 2008: 12:30 PM
The Boston Disparities Project was developed by the Boston Public Health Commission and Mayor Thomas M. Menino to address the key social determinants that lead to worse health outcomes for Boston's residents of color, and has granted more than $2 million to 100+ community based agencies to achieve this goal. These social determinants include environmental, social, economic and academic factors. Boston is among the first communities to issue a health equity agenda, which includes a city-wide blueprint for addressing inequities in health through comprehensive data reporting of health disparities, recommendations for healthcare institutions, and recommendations from industry and community leaders that engage multiple sectors in addressing health inequalities. This session will describe various aspects of health efforts in Massachusetts to reduce disparities throughout the state. Lessons learned related to institutionalization, coordination, and sustainability of reform efforts will be presented, as will practical approaches to implementing innovative, coordinated, and systematic strategies to eliminate inequities in health. An overview of a new tool kit will be presented. This is available in print and on line at www.enddisparities.org.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be better able to: Identify and develop public health policy initiatives to address racial and ethnic health disparities on a statewide basis Translate public health jargon and mindset into a community-comfortable presentation Identify and apply relevant strategies for policy advocacy
Elmer Freeman, MSW, PhD(c)
Elmer Freeman, MSW, PhD(c)

12:30 PM
Boston Disparities Project: Action Plan for Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Meghan Turnier Patterson, MPH and Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MED
12:45 PM
Massachusetts health reform: An opportunity for eliminating disparities and creating health equity
Elmer Freeman, MSW, PhD(c), Camille Watson, MS, Meghan Patterson, MPH, Roxanne Reddington-Wilde, PhD and Linda Sprague Martinez, MA, MA
1:00 PM
Taking community action on health disparities: A Critical MASS toolkit overview
Roxanne Reddington-Wilde, PhD, Peter Droese, Peter R. Lee, MPH, Samuel Louis, MPH, Sheryl D. Taylor, MPH and Brunilda Torres, MSW
1:15 PM
Step one: Assessing community readiness for disparities mobilization
Linda Sprague Martinez, MA, MA, Flavia Perea, MSEd, MA and Elmer Freeman, MSW, PhD(c)
1:30 PM

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Women's Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing