Sponsors


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is located in the heart of the Longwood medical and academic area. Each year, about a quarter million patients and their families count on BIDMC. Every day, we strive to meet and exceed their expectations.

We provide all adult primary and specialty care, and our five multidisciplinary comprehensive care centers ― Cancer Center, CardioVascular Institute, Digestive Disease Center, Spine Center and Transplant Institute ― were organized so that patients have easy access to all the right specialists in a convenient manner.  We have the latest  technology, including the CyberKnife radiosurgery system and the daVinci Surgical System. We are consistently honored for our quality of safety and care. You expect this from an internationally renowned institution at the center of medicine. But we believe what makes BIDMC even more remarkable is our spirit – the way we treat our patients with the utmost respect and compassion, like our own family members and friends.






Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is proud of its longstanding legacy of community giving. In addition to contributing to a variety of charitable organizations, we remain dedicated to community partnerships that use new ideas and resources to address health-related and social issues throughout Massachusetts.

Some major initiatives include:
  • Working closely with other community partners, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation supports the development of solutions that extend health care access to those who need it most.
  • Our Jump Up and Go!TM program helps children become more physically active and develop healthy behaviors.
  • School Partnerships, like the one Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, provide student internships, training programs, career preparation seminars, job-shadowing opportunities, and renewable college scholarships to deserving students every year.





Boston Medical Center


Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 639-licensed bed, academic medical center that is the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. Committed to providing high-quality health care to all, the hospital offers a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services including primary and family medicine and advanced specialty care with an emphasis on community-based care. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution.  Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet—15 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit www.bmc.org.






Boston Public Health Commission


The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission - to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Commission’s more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent & Family Health; Community Health Initiatives; Homeless Services; Infectious Disease; Addictions Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Support Services; and Emergency Medical Services.





Brigham & Women's Hospital


Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 793-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery network. BWH is the home of the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, the most advanced center of its kind. BWH is committed to excellence in patient care with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery. The BWH medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives and its dedication to educating and training the next generation of health care professionals. Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Biomedical Research Institute (BRI), www.brighamandwomens.org/research, BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, involving more than 900 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by more than $537 M in funding. BWH is also home to major landmark epidemiologic population studies, including the Nurses' and Physicians' Health Studies and the Women's Health Initiative. For more information about BWH, please visit www.brighamandwomens.org.





Children's Hospital Boston


Children's Hospital Boston is one of the nation's premier pediatric medical centers. Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, today it is a 396-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, the largest provider of health care to the children of Massachusetts, and home to the world's leading pediatric research enterprise. For more information about Children's, please visit www.childrenshospital.org.

 




Codman Square Health Center

 

The Codman Square Health Center is a community-based, outpatient health care and multi-service center in the heart of Dorchester. Our mission is to serve as a resource for improving the physical, mental and social well-being of the community. Come to the Health Center and you will find:

  • Commitment to Excellence: We meet the highest quality standards in the programs that we offer and the staff we hire.
  • Your Medical Home: You will be assigned a medical team who will work with you to provide you comprehensive care. All our services are located under one roof.
  • Responsiveness to Emerging Community Needs: We maintain close relationships with the community and use partnerships to respond to community needs.
  • Advocacy: We advocate for all our patients. We will also teach you how to advocate for yourself and
    your family.





Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, the Institute also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to our target community across the United States and throughout the world.





The Dimock Center


The Dimock Center, founded on July 1, 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, was the first hospital in New England opened and operated by women for women. Noted prominently for its role in the history of women in medicine, Dimock strives to continue in the innovative spirit of trailblazers like Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, who established the hospital, and Mary Eliza Mahoney, the country’s first black nurse who studied here in 1879.
Today, The Dimock Center today provides crucial comprehensive and integrated health and human services care to over 17,000 residents of Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester and Mattapan. We offer a range of services unlike anywhere else, including:

  • Family oriented preventive care and education
  • Superior quality health care
  • Highly trained medical staff
  • Social workers and financial staff ready to help when needed

Dimock is a vibrant, thriving care center where people find health, help and recovery for their families and themselves. To learn more about Dimock please visit www.dimock.org.

Affiliated with Children’s Hospital Boston & BIDMC.





Dorchester House Multi-Service Center


Dorchester House Multi-Service Center is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center located in the heart of the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester, one of Boston’s most culturally diverse communities.  Founded as a settlement house in 1887, Dorchester House has been continuously providing social services, community programs and health care for 125 years. We provide primary and specialty care for adult, adolescent and pediatric patients, as well as dental services, optometry and optical services, behavioral health, radiology and mammography, pharmacy and lab.  Our mission is: “To be an essential resource for our community in its efforts to achieve the highest levels of health, well-being and quality of life for its residents; to provide affordable, accessible and exceptional health care and other essential services, in an environment that respects our consumers, our staff and our diverse community; and to be a leading force for change in the health, economic and social well-being of our community.”  For more information, visit us on the web at www.dorchesterhouse.org.

 




Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is a specialty hospital dedicated to excellence in the care of disorders that affect the eye, ear, nose, throat and adjacent regions of the head and neck. The Mass. Eye and Ear provides  specialty  care and serves as a referral center for outpatient and inpatient medical and surgical care. Mass. Eye and Ear recognizes its obligation to serve as a source of excellence in patient care, teaching and research in Massachusetts, the United States and the world. At Mass. Eye and Ear, our focus is your quality of life. Find care at one of our many locations in the Boston area or learn more at www.MassEyeAndEar.org.

See     Hear     Feel     Smell     Move     Speak     Taste     Sense         Experience. Life.

 




Massachusetts General Hospital


In July 2005, with initial funding of $3 million, Massachusetts General Hospital created the Disparities Solutions Center -- the first national disparities center to be based in a hospital. The Center is working to move policy to practice and transfer what it learns throughout the nation. The MGH Center is led by Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH. Dr. Betancourt was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee, which produced the 2002 landmark report (Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care) which revealed striking disparities in the quality of health care services delivered to minority and white patients even for patients of the same socioeconomic background and access to care. The MGH Disparities Solutions Center will:

  • Advise the MGH in its efforts to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in care;
  • Develop and evaluate customized solutions to eliminate disparities throughout the health care community in Boston and beyond;
  • Educate, train and expand the number of leaders working to end disparities nationwide.




Partners HealthCare


Partners HealthCare is a not-for-profit network of hospitals, physicians, health centers founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  Partners HealthCare is dedicated to patient care, teaching, research, and service to the community.  BWH, MGH and Partners were active participants in Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Task Force on Disparities, and BWH President, Gary Gottlieb, MD, was one of the Task Force co-chairs.

BWH, MGH and Partners have committed more than $6 million to identify and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care in Boston.

The hospitals have agreed to:

  • measure the quality of patient care and patient satisfaction by race, ethnicity, language, and education;
  • improve education and cultural competence for doctors, nurses and other caregivers, staff and patients;
  • help patients take an active role in their care; 
  • work to diversity their professional workforce and governing boards;
  • collaborate closely with members of the community.





South End Comunity Health Center


Since 1969, the South End Community Health Center has been serving families and individuals in Boston’s South End neighborhood with high-quality, culturally and linguistically accessible health care. Originally a pediatric clinic, SECHC has grown to become a full-service institution providing pediatrics, adult medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, mental health, dental, eye care and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) to over 15,000 registered patients who average 65,000 patient visits each year.  SECHC’s vision and mission is to be our community’s leading choice for primary care; to act as a catalyst for improving community health in the broadest context; and to serve as a model for the delivery of high quality health and social services.





Whittier Street Health Center


Whittier Street Health Center provides comprehensive primary health care and wellness services to Boston’s diverse communities. We work to eliminate disparities in health for underserved communities by focusing on whole person health. This includes addressing social and environmental factors that contribute to the overall health of the community such as poverty, violence and societal barriers to healthy living.