Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
Program on Equity in Science and Health
The Program on Equity in Science and Health, directed by Dr. Karen Freund, addresses research disparities in health care, and diversity in the biomedical workforce. Research on equity in science seeks to understand the factors associated with promoting and achieving diversity in biomedical careers. This includes understanding the factors associated with the recruitment, promotion and retention of women and minority faculty in academic biomedical careers. Research includes observations studies to understand the factors associated with promotion and advancement in biomedical careers, as well as intervention to address these issues. The Program also addresses disparities in the delivery of health care, with major focus on care to women and minority communities. Disparities in care are well documented in multiple racial and ethnic minority groups. Conditions in common between women and men have also demonstrated gender disparities in outcomes. Our recent research focuses on interventions to reduce and eliminate these disparities.
Researchers find Massachusetts’ health reform law increased coverage without increasing “churn”; led to more women following up on cancer screenings.
At the 2017 National Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) meeting and the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) meeting, Dr. Karen Freund’s research team and mentees had the opportunity to present their recent research topics and speak at the SGIM Special Symposium.
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