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Cancer Disparities

Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum: Pursuing High-Value Healthcare

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum: Pursuing High-Value Healthcare takes place on June 19 - 20, 2014, in Boston, MA, at the Boston Seaport Hotel. The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum is convened by The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The passage of health care reform and current efforts in payment reform herald a significant transformation of the United States health care system. Across the country, health care organizations are preparing to expand access to health care that provides the best quality in a cost-effective way. Delivering high-value health care is the ultimate goal.

Improving quality and achieving equity are more important now than ever before, as disparities are in fact the epitome of low value—care that varies in quality, and is usually more costly. As we pursue high-value health care, it is critical to assure that our healthcare system is capable of delivering high quality care to all, while eliminating disparities and assuring equity.

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum will provide the background, key drivers, and essential strategies to improve quality and achieve equity in a time of rapid healthcare system change. Leaders from multiple disciplines and health care organizations who work in the areas of quality and safety; disparities, diversity and equity; health policy; and health care design and delivery, as well as anyone interested in these fields, will find the Forum to be a unique and highly valuable experience.

Come hear from:

Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director, Disparities Solutions Center (Keynote Speaker)

Carolyn Clancy, MD, Former Director of AHRQ, Assistant Deputy under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety and Value, Veterans Health Administration (Keynote Speaker)

Peter Slavin, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital

Deborah Enos, MSPH, CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan

John Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer, Harvard, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center;

Charlie Homer, MD, MPH, CEO & President of National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality

David E. Miller, DDS, Chief, Division of Oral Health, Illinois Department of Public Health

J. Emilio Carrillo, MD, MPH, Vice President, Community Health, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Winston Wong, MD, MS, Clinical Director, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente

James Corbett, JD, MDiv, Senior Vice President, Community Health and Values Integration, Centura Health

Alumni from the Disparities Leadership Program

For more information about the Forum, go to the website at the link below:


To watch a video about the Forum go to this Youtube link.

Scholarships supported by the California HealthCare Foundation based in Oakland, CA, are available for CA Safety Net Organizations.

Initial support is provided by Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the California Healthcare Foundation, CHE Trinity Health, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Neighborhood Health Plan, and United Healthcare. If you are interested in providing support for the Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum, please contact Aswita Tan-McGrory at (617) 643-2916 or by email at atanmcgrory@partners.org