Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH is an emergency medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is the founder of Hip Hop Health Inc. He also holds other academic positions including Faculty Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School, Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his BS from Prairie View A&M University in 2002, MD from the University of Alabama in 2006 and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009. In 2010, he earned an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy in 2010 as well. He was also awarded the Disparities Solutions Center/Aetna Fellow in Health Disparities award in 2010-2011. In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Landry is involved in research on emergency department utilization trends, disparities in care and quality of care. He co-instructs two courses at Harvard School of Public Health and teaches cultural competency to residents. He works with numerous organizations to eliminate health disparities and increase diversity in the health care workforce. Dr Landry mentors students, from high school to medical school, encouraging careers in the health professions.
Alden Landry, MD, MPH
Assistant Dean, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership; Associate Director and Advisor, Castle Society, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
The Commission to End Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities in Massachusetts: Influences and Lessons Learned
In 2004, legislators, health care providers and community leaders came together as part of the Commission to End Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities in Massachusetts. The goal of the Commission was to identify the health disparities in the Commonwealth of MA and to present recommendations for the elimination of those disparities. In 2007, the Commission submitted over fifty recommendations to the General Court of MA and the Executive office. The Commission had many successes and failures, much of which were influenced by state level health care reform, the political environment, key stakeholders in elected and appointed positions, the economy and national health care reform.
Through interviews and surveys with stakeholders, I reviewed the process from a historical perspective to determine what influence, if any, the aforementioned factors had on the Commission and the implementation of the recommendation it produced.
Important factors such as key stakeholders, the economic downturn and budget crisis, passage of Universal Health Care Reform in MA, also known as Chapter 58, and the electoral process all impacted the ability of the Commission and its recommendations to be effective.
With this information gained from this practicum, other states and the federal government can learn from the MA experience and identify ways to eliminate health care disparities.
Alice Coombs, M.D., Massachusetts Medical Society