• Description

This report proposes a vision and plan for action—collectively a statewide Health Equity Action Plan—for achieving a racially and ethnically equitable health care delivery system in Massachusetts. The report is accompanied by an Executive Summary, as well as a Health Equity Action Plan Toolkit (Toolkit) of interventions, policies, and programs that organizations in the health care delivery system can deploy to achieve their health equity goals.

The causes and impact of health inequities in Massachusetts, as elsewhere, are multiple, complex, and inter-related. Inequities in access to adequate housing, food, education, and other vital needs are stark and directly impact people's health. Many populations experience health inequities, including people of color and people for whom English is not their primary language, as well as those with disabilities and those in the LGBTQ+ community. The focus of this report is on racial and ethnic inequities in the health care delivery system and therefore can be considered a first phase in a larger system-wideeffort to eliminate all inequities that affect people's health.