Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of long-standing health or social inequities (CDC).
This has emerged as an overarching challenge area this year across our MassChallenge partner community. To help better inform our work and the work of others moving forward, we are hosting an event series focused on topics related to health equity.
MassChallenge HealthTech and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission have identified 5 overarching goals based on partner challenges and input from our community. These areas are intended to guide how we develop our goals for the initiative.
Butterflly Health | The first-of-its kind mental health digital platform designed and developed for underserved populations.
4Blind | 4Blind conducts research, creates, and produces innovative devices for improvement of the quality of life of blind and deaf-blind people.
Wolomi | Wolomi is the only digital community and app that offers support to women of color to improve maternal health outcomes.
Marigold Health | Marigold Health is developing a platform that features text-based support groups and natural language processing to help patients with substance use conditions.
Claire Cecile Pierre, MD (moderator) | Executive Director, Kerry Murphy Healey Center for Global Health Entrepreneurship at Babson College/ Chief Medical Officer, Harbor Health Services
Michael Tang, MD, MBA | Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Child Psychiatrist, Adult Psychiatrist, Pediatrician, The Dimock Center
Michael A. Curry, Esq. | President and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Emily Johnson, LSW | Director of Community Outreach, Lynn Community Health Center
Kelly Hall, Senior Director, Health Care Transformation & Innovation at Health Policy Commission (moderator)
Dr. Lee Park, Senior Medical Director, QPE Digital Health, Mass General Brigham
Dr. Madeline Aviles-Hernandez, Outpatient Services Director, Gandara Center
David D’Arcangelo, Commissioner, Mass Commission for the Blind
Dr. Anurag Gupta, Co-founder and CEO, Tembo Health
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Thanks to our key sponsor, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission