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Framework for Eliminating Health Disparities

The Health Disparities Council announced it has adoption of a comprehensive framework which will assist the Council in planning, implementing, and evaluating its work to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.

The Framework includes required interventions across the spectrum of factors that contribute to disparities, both inside and outside the health care system. The accompanying narrative describes collective objectives the Council recognized as necessary to end disparities, including:

  • Adopting Social Policies That Increase Equity
  • Promoting Healthy Communities
  • Promoting Institutional Transformation
  • Promoting Provider Transformation
  • Promoting Healthy Individual Behaviors and
  • Improving Access to and Quality of Healthcare and Health Outcomes

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AGO Health Care Grant Request for Proposals

Attorney General Coakley recently announced a grant opportunity for municipalities and non-profit organizations aimed at promoting health and wellness in underserved populations and reducing health disparities in Massachusetts. The Office will offer a total of $1.5 million in grants (up to $250,000 over two years) to qualified organizations that can develop programs benefitting benefit residents by reducing health disparities, manage chronic diseases and/or promote wellness in underserved populations.

Funding for this grant program comes from a series of settlements obtained by the Attorney General's Health Care Division against pharmaceutical and health care companies Merck, Eli Lilly, and Pfizer which required the funds to be spent on health promotion programs. Previous programs funded by the settlements include the Prescription Drug Assistance Program and Project YES Wellness Program.

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