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The COVID-19 pandemic shined a harsh spotlight on the racial and ethnic disparities in our healthcare system. While researchers have long been aware of health disparities affecting historically underserved communities for many noncommunicable diseases such as breast cancer, diabetes and asthma, the pandemic brought inequities of all kinds into mainstream consciousness.

MHQP is uniquely positioned to help advance all aspects of the health equity agenda through shared measurement and collective action. While we understand that this issue is deeply-rooted in longstanding and systemic biases, we are determined to help eradicate inequities in patient experiences and outcomes, so that all patients have an equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Here is a list of the posts on this site related to MHQP’s health equity activities:

MHQP’s Statewide Survey Shows Patients Continue to Experience Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Massachusetts

(February 2024)

Black and Asian patients reported worse experiences in primary care than White patients across many categories in MHQP’s 2023 statewide Patient Experience Survey, the results of which were released today. The same was true of Hispanic/Latino patients when compared to non-Hispanic/Latino patients.

Evidence has shown that positive patient experiences are associated with better health

2023: A Year of Expanding Our Impact

(January 2024)

2023 was an eventful year for MHQP, a year in which we continued expanding beyond our historical focus on measuring patient experience and took important steps to help strengthen primary care and advance health equity in Massachusetts. These efforts culminated in the launch of two major initiatives — the

MHQP Receives PCORI Award to Help Advance Equity in Endometriosis Care for Black Women

(January 2024)

MHQP is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the Endometriosis Association, we have received a funding award through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, to identify new research directions to reduce disparities in endometriosis care for Black women, as

MHQP Introduces Measured Equity, a Statewide Initiative to Measure Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Patient Experiences

(September 2023)

We can no longer ignore the systemic racial and ethnic disparities in patient experiences that plague our healthcare system. Organizations across the state are taking action to address these disparities, but these complex issues can only be effectively addressed by working collaboratively across organizational lines, not in organizational siloes. At the Health Equity Trends Summit assembled by

MHQP Begins Annual Process to Update Clinical Guidelines with a Health Equity Focus

(September 2023)

It’s a valued resource for some, but not known by many ― MHQP’s Clinical Guidelines. Since 2001, MHQP has been helping to ensure all patients receive the same high standard of care through the annual publication of consistent, evidence-based, best practices guidelines for Adult Preventive Care, Pediatric Preventive Care

MHQP Receives BCBSMA Foundation Grant to Explore Asian Patient Experiences

(March 2023)

Through a Special Initiatives grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMAF), MHQP has launched a new project designed to help better understand why Asian patients report worse experiences with primary care than other racial populations. A deeper understanding requires a more nuanced consideration of the

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