Evaluating the Impact of Health Disparities Collaboratives


In 1998, the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care launched the Health Disparities Collaboratives to address the prevalence of lower-quality care among minorities, the poor, and other medically underserved populations. The collaboratives enable eligible community health centers and other safety net providers that serve these populations to work together to improve the quality of patient care. This project will evaluate the collaboratives' impact on health care received by patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and asthma-chronic conditions that disproportionately affect minority Americans and the poor. The investigators will determine (1) if participation in the collaboratives improves care for underserved patients, and (2) which health center characteristics, improvement teams, and improvement methods are associated with better care. Results from this project will help other centers that are seeking to improve care understand what strategies and methods work best. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will provide cofunding for this project.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Harvard Medical School
Principal Investigator:
Edward Guadagnoli, Ph.D., M.A.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 11, 2002

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