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  1. Program Day Information
  2. Follow Up Discussion Information
  3. Optional Thursday Social Information

Program Day

Date: Wednesday, Jul. 14
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom (see reminder email or YW Boston Connect event page for meeting details)

Powerpoint presentation with healthcare data


Our objectives are to

  • Develop a deeper understanding of systemic health inequities impacting populations in Boston 
  • Identify where Boston’s healthcare system and delivery is meeting community needs and where gaps exist 
  • Compare and discuss how health outcomes vary based on identity, social determinants of health, and access to care

Complete the following readings before our program day:

Additional recommended

Module 5: Inclusive Communication Skills: Trauma-informed practices

  1. Watch Module 5 of LeadBoston Online, Inclusive Communication Skills: Trauma-informed practices (25:16).
  2. Once you’ve finished the video, share your response to the Post & Share question below as a comment to the pinned post in the YW Boston Connect LeadBoston 2021 group page.

    Post & Share: What are the innate skills that you bring to supporting yourself and others during challenging times?
Expert Speakers

Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA, President & CEO, Carequest Institute for Oral Health

Dr. Minter-Jordan is President and CEO for the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. She leads a diverse group of collaborators and health improvement experts to engage in original research and data analysis, grantmaking, health improvement initiatives, oral health innovation, education and advocacy all in pursuit of a single mission—to improve the oral health of all. She joined DentaQuest in 2019 after 12 years at the Roxbury, Mass.-based Dimock Center, which focuses on the integration of clinical and behavioral health and is the second largest health center in the Boston area. As CEO, she formed partnerships with world-class institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Partners HealthCare to advance person-centered care. She was an attending physician and instructor at Johns Hopkins Medicine and graduated from Brown University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.  

Myechia is a founding member of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund created in the summer of 2020 by a coalition of Black and Brown executives in Massachusetts to make transformative social change by addressing systemic racism and racial inequity. She serves on several boards and committees including the Blue Shield of California, Yawkey Foundation, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Boston Foundation, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  

Marty Martinez, Chief Health and Human Services, Mayor’s Office, City of Boston

Marty Martinez has served as the Chief of the Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston since January 2018. He oversees one of the largest agencies within City government, comprising ten departments that include the Boston Public Health Commission, the Office of Recovery Services, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families as well as the Department of Youth Engagement & Employment.

In Boston and beyond, Chief Marty Martinez has been lauded for his public health approach and equitable response efforts throughout COVID, including creating greater access to testing, directing resources to the communities most impacted by the pandemic and the development of an equitable vaccine access strategy. Martinez, who is one of the highest-ranking Latinos in Boston city government, has served Boston and the surrounding area for more than 20 years, combining a career in youth development, public health and social justice.

For his steadfast leadership and decisiveness throughout the pandemic, Martinez landed the thirty-fifth spot on Boston Magazine list of The 100 Most Influential Bostonians in 2021. Recently, he was honored as a “Champion of Men’s Health Needs” by the Whittier Street Health Center at the 2021 Men’s Health Summit- along with seven other community champions.

Dr. Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
, Senior Vice President, Equity and Community Health, Massachusetts General Hospital; Founder, Senior Advisor and Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center; Faculty, The Mongan Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, is the Senior Vice President of Equity and Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the founder, senior advisor and faculty of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at MGH, Faculty at the Mongan Institute, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. He has also served on the leadership team of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, health care disparities, diversity, and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees, including those that produced the landmark reports, Unequal Treatment and Increasing Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits at on the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system; and sat on the Boston Board of Health and the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow. 

Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. 


Follow-Up Conversation Information

Date: Wednesday, Jul. 21
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)

Optional Thursday Social Information

Date: Thursday, Jul. 29
Time: 5:05 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)