Article chosen as “top ten” picks by Health Affairs Editor-In-Chief, Alan Weil
Agaronnik ND, Pendo E, Campbell EG, Ressalam J, Iezzoni
Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 Apr;38(4):545-553. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05060.
Disability civil rights laws require equitable treatment of the approximately sixty-one million Americans with disability. However, federal reports and numerous research studies indicate that this diverse and growing population often experiences health care disparities. To examine one possible contributing factor, we interviewed practicing physicians to explore their knowledge of their obligations to accommodate patients with disability under federal civil rights law. Interviewees reported having had little formal training about, and demonstrated superficial or incorrect understanding of, their obligations in three potentially problematic areas: deciding which accommodations their practices should implement, refusing patients with disability, and holding patients accountable for costs of accommodations. The fact that practicing physicians might not fully understand their legal responsibilities when caring for people with disability may contribute to persisting inequity in their care, and it suggests that further education in the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability civil rights laws may be warranted
Dr. Vogeli Published in Science
Dr. Christine Vogeli, member of the faculty at the Health Policy Research Center, was recently a co-author on a study published in Science titled “Dissecting Racial Bias in an Algorithm Used to Manage the Health of Populations.” Dr. Vogeli and her co-authors found that a widely-used commercial algorithm exhibits significant racial bias: the authors estimate that bias in the algorithm reduces the number of Black patients identified as needing extra care by more than half. The bias is a result of the algorithm’s use of health costs as a proxy measure for health needs; less money is spent on Black patients who have the same level of need, resulting in the algorithm’s conclusion that Black patients are healthier than White patients who are equally sick.
See media coverage, including quotes from Dr. Vogeli, in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Dr. Vogeli and her co-authors also published an article detailing a path forward, which can be found on the Health Affairs Blog.
Mongan Institute Director Dr. Steve Bartels Delivers Keynote at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center Community Research Day
On Friday, October 11th, Dr. Steve Bartels delivered the keynote address titled “Advancing Health Equity Through Community-Engaged Health Care Delivery Team Science” at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center Community Research Day. In addition to serving as director of The Mongan Institute, Dr. Bartels is also the director of the Health Policy Research Center and is the James J. and Jean H. Mongan Endowed Chair in Health Policy and Community Health at MGH and Harvard Medical School.
HPRC Researchers Honored with Team Science Awards at MGH Clinical Research Day
Two faculty in our Center were honored on October 3 as part of teams that submitted winning abstracts at MGH Clinical Research Day.
Dr. Doug Levy was part of the team that won a hospital-wide award for the One-year effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of lifestyle intervention for type 2 diabetes in primary care: The REAL HEALTH-Diabetes Randomized Clinical Trial. Delahanty, Linda M.; Levy, Douglas E.; Chang, Yuchiao; Porneala, Bianca C.; Goldman, Valerie; McCarthy, Jeanna; Bissett, Laurie; Rodriguez, Anthony Romeo1; Chase, Barbara; LaRocca, Rajani; Wheeler, Amy; Wexler, Deborah J
Dr. Karen Donelan was part of the team presenting Implementing a Community Health Worker Intervention at Hospital Discharge. Carter, Jocelyn Alexandria; Walton, Anne; Hassan, Susan; Thorndike, Anne; Donelan, Karen
MGH Health Policy Rounds Return October 7 2019
We opened the 2019-2020 season of MGH Health Policy Rounds on Monday, October 7 with an inspiring talk by Dr. Ky Hunter of Brady and Georgetown University. Brady’s current work is an initiative called End Family Fire, which focuses on engaging with gun owners to reduce death and injury due to improperly stored guns in the home.
We started policy rounds last year to bring great regional and national speakers who are policy makers and/or researchers to Mass General. This year, you will hear from a wide range of speakers about deaths of despair, addiction, health workforce policy, health reform in the 2020 election, and more.
Join us! Email us at HPRC@mgh.harvard.edu to join our mailing list.
MGH Health Policy Rounds wrapped up its first year on May 6 with a presentation by Iyah Romm, CEO and Co-Founder of Cityblock Health. Cityblock is redesigning care for people in urban neighborhoods that are traditionally underserved. Mr. Romm was previously employed at the Mass. Health Policy Commission and Commonwealth Care Alliance–roles that he drew on extensively in speaking about efforts to reach and serve patients who have lost trust in the health system.
Population Health Research Symposium June 10th! Dr. Stephen Bartels and Dr. Christine Vogeli are leading efforts for the next Partners Population Health Research Symposium to be held at Assembly Row on June 10th.
Elyse R. Park, Ph.D., MPH Among MGH’s Highest-Awarded Researchers
Dr. Park is currently overseeing $7.2 million in grant-funded research projects, including two $2.5 million multi-year studies funded by the national Institutes of Health (NIH). Her studies involve the integration of mind body skills – specifically stress management and resiliency training– into tobacco treatment for cancer patients.
Giselle Perez, PhD was recently named the Director of Adolescent and Young Adult Survivorship Research for the MGH Cancer Survivorship Program. In addition, effective February 2019, Dr. Perez will also serve as Director of Mentoring for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.