Alden Landry, MD, MPH

Alden Landry, MD, MPH


Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine; Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Faculty Assistant Director, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School, 
Boston, MA

Dr. Landry is a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr Landry is also the Director of Outreach for the Office of Multicultural Affairs for the hospital. He is also completing a fellowship with the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr Landry also participates in numerous activities promoting health promotion and increasing diversity in the health care fields. He recently founded a non-profit organization, Hip Hop Health Inc, which promotes health education and information to the hip hop generation. Dr Landry's areas on interest include emergency medicine, access to care, emergency department utilization and diversity in the health care fields. 

Dr. Landry graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 2002, received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, School of Medicine in 2006, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA in 2009.

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