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About Close the Gap

Close the Gap is a health equity initiative from Boston Scientific that educates and empowers healthcare providers to reduce health inequities among underserved populations.

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Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of Black Americans.1
We’re committed to making sure that people in your community don’t experience gaps like this.

Why We’re Invested

We believe that collaborative approaches to understanding and addressing health disparities are needed, and Boston Scientific is committed to helping you close treatment gaps. In supporting your efforts to create more equal access to healthcare in your community, we aim to address disparities in how minority groups learn about high-risk diseases and access life-changing care.

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Our Vision and Mission

Our vision: To have a world where all patients - regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and sexual orientation - understand their medical conditions and have access to therapies to help them live better lives.

Our mission: To close the health inequity gap through provider education and collaboration, advocacy and society partnerships, and patient disease state awareness.

The Human Face of Healthcare Inequality

What We Do: 3 Areas of Focus

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1. Personalized Outreach Programs

Boston Scientific supports healthcare institutions, nonprofits, patient advocacy organizations and minority associations that want to address health disparities through awareness building, outreach and education. We invite you to work with a Boston Scientific Health Equity Consultant to build a program to help you meet your community’s unique needs. We offer:

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An epidemiological Disparity Report

A customized epidemiological Disparity Index Report of disease prevalence and disparities in your catchment area

An analysis of what your organization is doing for community outreach

Marketing and communications tools that that help you reach out to people seeking care

Recommendations on how to reach undertreated minority patients to advance your outreach efforts

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2. Health Disparities Resource Library

To help you understand factors driving your patient population’s risk for inequitable diagnostic care and treatment, Boston Scientific has compiled at-a-glance downloads based on data from a third-party market research study to help you guide interventions using clinical research and demographic data.

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3. Grant Funding

Need resources for a project to reach underserved groups? Do you want to employ a specific prevention, detection or treatment effort? We want to hear from you. Boston Scientific funds independent medical research projects and community efforts in the areas of cardiology and endoscopy.

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Meet Our Featured Health Equity Consultant

Meet Our Featured Health Equity Consultant

Boston Scientific health equity experts are here to support your organization’s efforts to reduce health disparities.

 

“Having my own personal health journey confront the lack of Black and Hispanic women in pharmaceutical clinical trials, I have a genuine passion for reducing health disparities. Without access to the drugs that were on trial, I may have been a mortality statistic.”

Trish Solliday

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Our Commitment to You

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Years working to close the gap

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Committed to our patients and partner organizations

 

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Our goal is to work to toward a system in which zero people experience healthcare disparities

 

References
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/healthequity/lcod/men/2015/black/index.htm Accessed September 2019