Health Equity Event Series

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About the Health Equity Event Series

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. ​

  1. Identify and reduce inequities in health and care delivery​
  2. Improve access to care
  3. Create more equitable solutions based on patient input (vs. “one-size-fits-all” solutions)​
  4. Tackle the social determinants of health​
  5. Increase funding and access to resources for entrepreneurs of color​

Upcoming Events

How Healthcare Organizations are Innovating to Address Health Inequities
June 2021
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Past Events

Lessons from the Field: What Innovators Can Learn from Community Health Centers
January 28, 2021
Community Health Centers have long operated in communities at the intersection of medical, behavioral and social care. As health tech innovators seek to make an impact on health equity, CHCs can offer critical lessons from the field. The goal of this fireside chat is to help health tech entrepreneurs understand the unique needs and perspectives both of community-based providers and the communities they serve. 

Featured Speakers:

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


Achieving Equity in Telehealth Access 
February 24, 2021
Without proactive efforts to ensure equity, the current wide-scale implementation of telemedicine may increase disparities in health care access for vulnerable populations with limited digital literacy or access, such as rural residents, racial/ethnic minorities, older adults, low income, limited health literacy, and or people with disabilities. The goal of this panel discussion is to help provide different perspectives (payor, large provider, and startup) around the gaps that have been created by the rise in telemedicine and what these organizations are doing to address it. 

Featured Speakers:

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

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Populations: Startup Lightning Talks
April 15, 2021 | 3:00-4:00 PM ET | Register here
Healthtech innovators develop products designed to optimize the user experience and value. But which users are considered in the design process? Taking a one-size-fits-all approach to product design risks leaving whole populations of users behind. All too often the unique perspectives, needs, and aspirations of people of color, people with disabilities, and other populations the have been marginalized are not fully visible in consumer-facing tech solutions, but they must be. This event will feature entrepreneurs who are challenging the status quo and building products specifically designed to create equitable and inclusive solutions that meet the needs of diverse groups of users.
Featured Startups:

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.

About MassChallenge

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Thanks to our key sponsor, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission



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