Advancing Health Equity
The Mongan Institute is dedicated to achieving health equity and improving the lives of people with complex health needs through research and training in population and health care delivery team science. Across the Institute and our twelve centers and programs, our faculty members conduct equity-focused research, highlighted below.
COVID Health Disparities
People with Serious Mental Illness & Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in Congregate Living Settings
Stephen Bartels, MD, MS
Stephen Bartels, MD, MS, is leading a research team to determine best practices to prevent COVID-19 for people with serious mental illness and developmental and intellectual disabilities in congregate living settings and for the staff who provide care. His team received a $4.9 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The study team will also work to develop approaches that address COVID-19 health disparities that may be associated with race, ethnicity, and degree of disability. Learn more about his study.
Dr. Bartels is Director of the Mongan Institute, Director of the Health Policy Research Center, James J. and Jean H. Mongan Chair in Health Policy and Community Health in the MGH Department of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Health Equity in the Response to COVID-19
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH
Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, and Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, are part of the MGH Equity and Community COVID Response Team working to ensure that all we do to address COVID-19 at Massachusetts General Hospital has equity and community health as our foundation.
Dr. Betancourt is Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Massachusetts General Hospital and founder of the Disparities Solutions Center. Aswita Tan-McGrory is Director of the Disparities Solutions Center and Administrative Director of the Mongan Institute.
Read their 3-part series in the Harvard Health Blog on the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and responses aimed at improving health equity.
Radiology and Racial/Ethnic Differences in COVID Severity
Efren Flores, MD
Efren Flores, MD, is a member of a COVID-19 research team that focuses on projects at the intersection of imaging findings of COVID-19, health disparities in the pandemic related to social determinants of health, and clinical operations. A key finding has been that Black and Hispanic patients faced more severe COVID-19 and greater lung damage than white patients. Learn more about his research.
Dr. Flores currently serves as a board-certified staff radiologist in Thoracic and Emergency Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an Assistant Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School.
Improving Community Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening
Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa, MD, MPH
Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa, MD, MPH, is leading a study to improve access and remove barriers to colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening at a community health center using a digital smartphone application, with funding from the MGH/American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant. Colorectal cancer screening rates at community health centers are far lower than the national rates for average-risk adults. Community health centers serve a large proportion of racial and ethnic minorities and low-income patients and face unique barriers to colorectal cancer screening with colonoscopy.
Dr. Anyane-Yeboa is an Instructor of Investigation at the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit at the Mongan Institute, an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Assistant in Medicine at MGH.