Dr. Joseph Betancourt Day
April 13, 2018 was proclaimed Dr. Joseph Betancourt Day in the city of Boston by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. As stated in the official proclamation, Betancourt, MD, MPH, director of the MGH Disparities Solutions Center, “has established himself as a national leader in addressing health disparities and cross-cultural medicine. He has served on Boston’s Board of Health since 2009 and has been instrumental in establishing the Boston Health Equity Measure Set quality metrics. Betancourt’s advocacy has kept Boston at the leading edge of emerging local policy.”
2018 Alfred Frechette Award
Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH, has received the 2018 Alfred Frechette Award. Landry teaches cultural competency to medical students and residents and works with numerous organizations to eliminate health disparities and increase diversity in the health care workforce. His accomplishments include founding Motivating Pathways, a nonprofit that promotes careers in the health professions, and being co-director for the Tour for Diversity in Medicine. The Alfred Frechette Award is presented annually to a young person (age 40 or younger) of high accomplishment and promise in the health field in Massachusetts.
2018 Michael Shannon, MD, MPH, Excellence in Mentoring Award
Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH is this year’s recipient of the Michael Shannon, MD, MPH, Excellence in Mentoring Award. The Student Mentorship Program at Harvard Medical School voted to name this mentorship award the Michael Shannon, MD, MPH, Excellence in Mentoring Award in memory of Dr. Shannon, who died in March, 2009. Dr. Shannon was a pediatrician for more than 25 years. He served as chief emeritus of Emergency Services at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and was the first African American to be named a full professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. The award was named in his honor to recognize Dr. Shannon’s contributions as a teacher and as a mentor over his two decades at Harvard Medical School. The Michael Shannon, MD, MPH, Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes the efforts of individuals who have made significant contributions to mentoring socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
2017 Get Konnected 50 Award
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center, has been chosen as one of The 50 Most Influential People of Color in the Healthcare & Life Sciences. Colette Phillips Communications, Inc. (CPC) and Get Konnected! have partnered with Neighborhood Health Plan and Partners Healthcare to produce GK50: Boston’s 50 Most Influential People of Color. In creating this list, they invited both people within the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry and the general public to identify and nominate individuals with culturally diverse backgrounds who have distinguished themselves in the following Healthcare and Life Sciences areas: Administration; Artificial Intelligence; Biotech; Community; Innovation; Legal Counsel; Patient Care; Pharmaceutical; Research; Teaching.
2017 AAIM Diversity Award
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center, was selected for the 2017 AAIM Diversity Award. AAIM is an organization that represents departments of internal medicine at medical schools and teaching hospitals across the United States and Canada. The AAIM Diversity Award is presented to an individual who has effectively improved diversity within a medical school or who has worked to ensure patients of all races and ethnicities receive the highest quality of care. Dr. Betancourt is recognized for his achievement and efforts to improve diversity, health equity, and cultural competency in academic medicine.
2017 MGH YMCA Achiever Award
Over the years, the MGH has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Boston to recognize more than 80 multicultural employees for their community and professional achievements. The YMCA Achiever Program has awarded Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, Deputy Director of the Disparities Solutions Center the 2017 MGH YMCA Achiever Award. Now in its 42nd year, the YMCA Achiever Program celebrates multicultural employees who selflessly give of themselves and make a difference for youth within communities of color. Aswita Tan-McGrory along with other recipients were recognized as Achievers at the hospital’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January and will be honored at the 42nd annual YMCA Achievers Recognition Awards Gala in the spring.
Boston Globe’s Get Konnected 100 Most Influential People of Color 2016
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center, was selected for Boston Globe’s Get Konnected 100 Most Influential People of Color! Get Konnected is a business networking event founded in 2008 to celebrate, document, and validate a plethora of individuals of color who are making positive contributions to the economic and social fabric of Boston. Among them are scientists, corporate executives, educators, innovators, technologists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, artists, social justice and civil rights advocates, high ranking-politicians and everyday people who regularly bring change and progress to their neighborhoods and beyond. Dr. Betancourt is one of eleven people mentioned in the Health and Human Service of Life Science’s section.
MGH and Partners Healthcare honors DSC team members at the 2016 Partners in Excellence Awards Celebration
Members of the Disparities Solutions Center team, along with 1,463 MGH employees, were recognized at the annual Partner’s in Excellence Award Celebration for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare in 2015. Winners are nominated in one of six areas: quality treatment and service, Operational efficiency, leadership and innovation, teamwork, community contributions and sustainability.
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center; Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, Deputy Director of the Disparities Solutions Center; Karey Kenst, MPH, Senior Program Manager of the Disparities Solutions Center; and Andrea Madu, Senior Research Assistant of the Disparities Solutions Center were honored for their work on the MGH Annual Report on Equity in Health Care Quality in addition to members of the MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety.
Aswita Tan-McGrory was also honored for her work on the Quality & Safety Indicators and Tableau Development Team.
2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center, has been selected for the 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship. The goal of this two-year Fellowship is to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the US health care system and challenge them to create new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of all Americans. These select 20 men and women reflect the best of passion and commitment in the US health care system and the Fellowship will harness their creativity, deep expertise, and diverse experiences to help solve the complex challenges of the health care system. The Fellowship offers them a unique opportunity to reflect on how they can have an even greater positive impact on health care in the United States, and to connect with and learn from a diverse group of peers with whom they would not ordinarily interact. The Health Innovator Fellows also join more than 2,100 other entrepreneurial leaders from 49 countries to become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award 2015
Alden Landry, MD, MPH, Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center, was selected for the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award. The 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Award honors influential young African American Leaders who are making a difference in health care.
DSC Publication selected for the 2014 Journal for Healthcare Quality Impact Article of the Year Award
The DSC publication, Identifying and Preventing Medical Errors in Patients with Limited English Proficiency: Key Findings and Tools for the Field, was selected for the 2014 Journal for Healthcare Quality Impact Article of the Year award. The award recognized an article that has made a significant impact on the profession and professionals who read the journal. The winning article is selected based on the applicability and uniqueness of the article topic as well as the number of downloads withing the year of publication.
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director
Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, Deputy Director
Lenny Lopez, MD, MDiv, MPH, Senior Faculty
2014 American Hospital Association Equity of Care Award
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston received the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) inaugural Equity of Care Award for its efforts to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity within the organization’s leadership and staff. The award was presented on July 21 at the Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.
The AHA Equity of Care Award was created to recognize outstanding efforts among hospitals and care systems to advance equity of care to all patients, and to spread lessons learned and progress toward achieving health equity. In 2011, the AHA joined four national health care organizations to issue a call to action to eliminate health care disparities by focusing on increasing the collection of race, ethnicity and language preference data; increasing cultural competency training; and increasing diversity in governance and leadership.
MGH has been a leader in the health care field on efforts to increase diversity and reduce disparities in care. MGH first established a system wide Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in 2003 to focus internal attention on the challenge of disparities, improve the collection of race/ethnicity data, and implement quality improvement programs to reduce disparities. The Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) was established in 2005 in response to national and local calls to address disparities in health care. The Disparities Solution Center is an action-oriented center with a practical focus of moving the issue of disparities in health care beyond research and into the arenas of policy and practice. It serves as a national, regional and local resource for hospitals and other key health care stakeholders. The MGH Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities, in partnership with the DSC, has implemented programs that have improved outcomes and eliminated racial and ethnic disparities related to diabetes management, colorectal and breast cancer screening, patient experience, as well as quality and safety for patients with limited English proficiency.
In addition, MGH has is working to embed diversity in all aspects of its strategic plan; undertaken efforts to increase the diversity of its leadership and governance; and developed hospital-wide cultural competency standards as well as deployed a number of specific cultural competency education and training programs for physicians, nurses and front-line staff. MGH also funds and supports many initiatives to increase staff diversity including the Multicultural Affairs Office, several diversity fellowships, English for Speakers of Other Language courses, scholarship programs and various Employee Resource Groups such as the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners, the Office for Women’s Careers, the LGBT Committee and the Committee on Latino Initiatives.
“We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition from the AHA,” said Dr. Peter Slavin, President of Massachusetts General Hospital, “The Institute of Medicine Report Unequal Treatment demonstrated the importance of incorporating efforts focused on equity into a comprehensive quality management program. We have made some progress in identifying and addressing health care disparities at MGH. However, we feel like we have just scratched the surface of this important quality topic. This award will inspire us to intensify our efforts further.”
The Equity of Care Award will be presented annually by the AHA. Hospitals were required to complete an application describing their efforts to provide equitable care and had to participate in the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s most recent benchmarking survey on diversity and disparities.
2013 AAMC Challenge Award
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has awarded the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital the AAMC Learning Health System Challenge award for its work on disparities, equity and quality improvement. The AAMC has selected 13 winners of the award for outstanding innovations in medical education, care delivery, research and diversity and inclusion. The award recognizes institutions that have implemented system-wide processes that improve the opportunity for research within quality improvement, health equity, and research using data from electronic health records.
2012 Powermeter Award from El Planeta
El Planeta, the largest Hispanic newspaper in Massachusetts, named Dr. Betancourt of the Disparities Solutions Center one of the Most Influential Individuals in the Massachusetts Hispanic Community. Dr. Betancourt has been on the Powermeter since its inception in 2005. Recipients were selected based on their achievements and contributions through their work and fields to the advancement of the Hispanic community in Massachusetts in 2012.
2012 Senior Cobb Fellow in Health Disparities from W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute
The National Medical Association (NMA) launched the William Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute in December 2004 to develop, evaluate, and implement strategies to promote wellness and eliminate health disparities and racism in medicine. They named Dr. Betancourt a 2012 Senior Cobb Fellow. Fellows are individuals who have distinguished themselves in addressing healthcare disparities.
2012 Health Care Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Health Council
The Massachusetts Health Council Award has been presented annually since 1988 to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the general health and well-being of the residents of the Commonwealth. Dr. Betancourt received this award for his expertise and dedication to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
2012 Poder Latino Special Recognition Award from ¿Oíste?
¿Oíste? is a non-partisan organization founded in 1999, by several Latino leaders from across Massachusetts. The mission of ¿Oíste? is to advance the political, social and economic standing of Latinos and Latinas in the state. Dr. Joseph Betancourt received this award from the board of the Latin Civic Education Initiative for his impact on the Latino community.
2012 MACEP Distinguished Service Award
The Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP) is dedicated to advancing excellence in emergency care, and advocating for emergency physicians, their patients and the health of the community. MACEP was proud to recognize Dr. Landry for his representation of Emergency Physicians with the Boston Public Health Commission’s NeighborCare and Equity Dashboard task groups.
2012 SNMA Legacy Award for Outstanding Achievement
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) awarded Dr. Landry the 2012 SNMA Legacy Award. SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
2011-2012 Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Scholar from the Fullbright Program
Dr. Roderick K. King has been selected as one of the 2011-2012 Fulbright Nexus Scholars from the United States. Fulbright NEXUS was launched in August 2010 and is organized through the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affair. The Fulbright NEXUS Program supports U.S. foreign policy priorities by sharing best practices to fight poverty and encourage innovation in creative, market-driven and socially responsible ways.
2011 Powermeter: Award from El Planeta
El Planeta, the largest Hispanic newspaper in Massachusetts, named Dr. Betancourt of the Disparities Solutions Center one of the Most Influential Individuals in the Massachusetts Hispanic Community. Dr. Betancourt has been on the Powermeter since its inception in 2005. Recipients were selected based on their achievements and contributions through their work and fields to the advancement of the Hispanic community in Massachusetts in 2011.
2010 Powermeter: Award from El Planeta
El Planeta, the largest Hispanic newspaper in Massachusetts, named Dr. Betancourt of the Disparities Solutions Center one of the Most Influential Individuals in the Massachusetts Hispanic Community. Dr. Betancourt has been on the Powermeter since its inception in 2005. Recipients were selected based on their achievements and contributions through their work and fields to the advancement of the Hispanic community in Massachusetts in 2010.
2008 PowerMeter: Award from El Planeta
El Planeta, the largest Hispanic newspaper in Massachusetts, named Dr. Betancourt of the Disparities Solutions Center one of the Most Influential Individuals in the Massachusetts Hispanic community.
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
Awarded by The Harvard Medical School Graduating Class of 2008
Presented to Dr. Joseph Betancourt, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center, on Thursday June 5th in recognition of his outstanding contributions.
2008 Program of Excellence Award- Chelsea Diabetes Program
Awarded by the Diabetes Coalition of Massachusetts
The Chelsea Diabetes Program, a collaborative effort among the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC), MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, Massachusetts General Physician Organization (MGPO), and Center for Community Health Improvement, received a 2008 Program of Excellence award from the Diabetes Coalition of Massachusetts (DCOM) at their spring statewide meeting. The Chelsea Diabetes Program, which aims to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in diabetes by using a bilingual coach, one-on-one visits with a bilingual nurse educator, and bilingual group education sessions, was honored by the Coalition as a model program. The Program of Excellence award is given to organizations with innovative and multidisciplinary initiatives that contribute significantly to the field of diabetes prevention, education, or management.
2008 Corporate Leadership Award
Awarded by The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
The Corporate Leadership Awards are presented to leading organizations that maintain a strong and supportive relationship with the Urban League with the common goals of encouraging economoic and community development through employment, supporting families and protecting civil rights. This honor recognizes MGH’s work with the Urban League to address health care disparities in the Boston area as well as its commitment to hiring a diverse workforce. The award was accepted by MGH President, Peter L. Slavin, MD, at the organization’s 16th annual awards gala on April 5th.
2008 Community Leader Award
Awarded by Health Care for All
These awards honor leaders make a difference in improving health and health care in their communities through outstanding advocacy, organizing and other means. The Disparities Solutions Center was honored for providing essential research, education, and training for the movement for health care equity and for the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Other recipients include: Lisa Vinikoor – Community Organizer for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, for her tireless advocacy and organizing, constantly traveling the state to help individuals and families gain a voice in the health care system and Lisa Nash– an invaluable and courageous leader in the Consumer Health Quality Council.The awards were presented at this year’s Policy and Organizing Conference, which took place on March 28th at the Holiday Inn, Boxborough.