UMass Memorial Health releases first health equity report: 6 things to know

From investing in minority owned businesses to asking for staff feedback, Worcester based-UMass Memorial Health's first health equity report details how it has improved health equity. 

Over the last 18 months, the system has implemented a variety of initiatives to improve health equity at the system. Here are some of its programs outlined in the March 31 report: 

  1. The system created a Health Equity Steering Committee that advised and assessed its internal health equity work and made suggestions as to how it can be a more equitable workplace.

  2. It solicited advice from its employees about improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace and received more than 100 pieces of feedback.

  3. Alongside the city of Worcester, the system created a COVID-19 health equity task force that looked to address health equities in the COVID-19 outbreak and shift resources and priorities to the hardest hit communities. 

  4. It developed a $1 million program to help fund health equity initiatives and allow them to come to fruition. 

  5. It launched an Office of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging to steer the systems overarching diversity mission. 

  6. The system also pledged to triple purchases from minority- and women-owned businesses over the next five years.

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