Comprehensive Approach for Reaching Residents

HSPC helps individuals be healthier by influencing the environments where they receive healthcare, live and work. Therefore HSPC works with

  • Cities, towns and community groups,
  • Healthcare recipients, providers, administrators and insurers
  • Employers and employees.

Health disparities are gaps in health care access and outcomes across populations, including differences seen among groups distinguished by race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status and geographic location. Data from several cities and towns show disparities in the percentage of people with heart disease and stroke and the risk factors for these conditions, as well as death rates from heart disease and stroke. HSPC addresses the issues of health access and disparities in priority areas, including those listed below. The Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention employs four Community Liaisons to link state chronic disease prevention programs and community-based chronic disease prevention efforts. Their assignments are as follows:

Western Region - Donna Salloom

Southeast Region - Maria Evora-Rosa

Northeast Region - Lynda Graham-Meho
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Metrowest and Central Regions - Lea Susan Ojamaa, community liaison coordinator

The Greater Boston area has separate federal and city funding to meet its health needs. For more information, contact the Boston Public Health Commission at (617) 534-5690 or

Health Disparities Collaborative

HSPC participates in the MDPH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program led, Massachusetts Health Disparities Collaborative. This is an effort to achieve strategic system change in the delivery of primary health care. Community health centers across the Commonwealth participate in a chronic disease collaborative, modeled after the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Disparities Collaborative, and will serve as an equivalency collaborative for federally funded health centers. Participating health centers will be required to track core measures on people with chronic disease as systems changes are implemented in the areas of self-management, decision support, clinical information systems, delivery system design, and health care organization.

This information is provided by the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Control within the Department of Public Health.