JSI PROJECTS

Health Equity Compact

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CLIENT

Mass League of Community Health Centers

LOCATION

United States

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SUMMARY

The outsized impact on Black and Latinx communities in the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency of why we must transform the Massachusetts healthcare system to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, and work towards health equity for all. Massachusetts has been a leader in health reform, starting with the adoption of Chapter 58 in 2006, which became the model for the Affordable Care Act. Massachusetts has the opportunity to apply the same level of innovation and commitment to advancing health equity as the next chapter in health reform.

Leading this charge is the Health Equity Compact, which brings together over 30 Black and Latinx leaders across a diverse set of Massachusetts health organizations, including hospitals, health centers, payers, academic institutions, public health, and more. The Health Equity Compact is leveraging its collective voice in two ways: 1) advocating for key policy priorities and principles that should serve as the foundation for health equity as the next chapter in health reform, and 2) supporting its members to prioritize and advance health equity within our organizations more effectively.

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. is supporting the Health Equity Compact through project management and facilitation, and conducting policy research, consumer focus groups, and stakeholder engagement and analysis. JSI is also supporting the Compact in the development of comprehensive legislation to promote breakthrough changes to advance healthcare and health equity in the state.

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