Combating disparities under health care reform: A state public health department's experience
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related research
Describe the steps taken by the Massachusetts Public Health Department to reduce health disparities as part of the state's implementation of health care reform Identify the evidence that health care reform affected health access and outcomes of and disparties between different racial and ethnic group Highlight lessons learned from this experience that may be useful for public health practitioners in other states where health care reform will be implemented.
Keyword(s): Health Care Reform, Minority Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the Commissioner of Public Health in Massachusetts during the years that health care reform was implemented in our state and I oversaw the effort to observe the health impact of reform on disparities. I was previously the Director of the Boston Public Health Commission for a decade. I now lead a research institute with a strong focus on the elimination of health disparities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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