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Disparities Webinar Series: Session 1. Introduction to Disparities: Achieving Equity in a Time of Healthcare Transformation

Senior Asian Couple Adults with Medical Staff at Home

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.


  • Understand the drivers of racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, in the context of the current health policy landscape.
  • Identify key challenges to addressing disparities, as well as opportunities for taking action.
  • Understand the issues, challenges, and opportunities that peer organizations are facing with regard to disparities in health care and the collection of race, ethnicity, and language data.

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Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
Director, The Disparities Solutions Center
Senior Scientist, Mongan Institute for Health Policy Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director of Multicultural Education, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Betancourt is the founder and director of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC), Senior Scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. He is also the founder and leader of Quality Interactions, an industry-leading company that focuses on training in cross-cultural communication for health care professionals. Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health care disparities and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees on this topic, including the one that produced the landmark report, Unequal Treatment. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits on the Boston Board of Health; the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system; and sat on the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.

Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.