HQI is offering a two-part webinar series, Health Equity Basics for Hospitals. The aim is to provide hospitals with the latest information on how to operationalize and execute actionable strategies to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities.
To achieve equity in quality of care, collecting patient demographics and then measuring performance across a series of measures is fundamental. It is impossible to claim that an organization is delivering equitable care without building systems that can demonstrate this in an evidence-based way. Not unlike patient safety, we understand we cannot manage what we don’t measure — and achieving equity in quality requires data collection and performance measurement as a foundation for action.
The first webinar in the series will discuss:
- Strategies for collecting patient demographic data, along with key lessons learned
- Leveraging and stratifying data to develop performance measurement tools, such as equity reports
- Reporting, interpreting, and acting on data to develop equity improvement activities
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JOSEPH R. BETANCOURT, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President, Equity and Community Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
Founder, Senior Advisor and Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center
Faculty, The Mongan Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Betancourt is the Senior Vice President, Equity and Community Health of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); the founder, senior advisor, and faculty of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at MGH; faculty at the Mongan Institute; an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; and a practicing internal medicine physician. He has also served on the leadership team of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, health care disparities, diversity, and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine committees, including those that produced the landmark reports, Unequal Treatment and Increasing Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 60 peer-reviewed publications and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits on the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system and sat on the Boston Board of Health and the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow. He is the current chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association and sits in its Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the City of Boston’s COVID Advisory Committee.
Dr. Betancourt received his bachelor of science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and received his master’s in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.