Join the Behavioral Health Funders Network to learn about the Health Equity Compact, a unique new group of over 55 Black and Latinx leaders across a diverse set of health, business, labor, and philanthropic organizations, including hospitals, health centers, payers, academic institutions, and public health pursuing transformational change toward health equity in Massachusetts.
The Compact filed omnibus legislation, An Act to Advance Health Equity, which proposes structural solutions that will address racial justice and health equity at a systems level. The Compact is also holding health equity community engagement forums; collaborating with the BCBSMA Foundation to develop a report on the economic costs of health inequities; commissioning a health equity public opinion poll; and hosting a Health Equity Trends Summit in the spring. These activities seek to galvanize energy and action for meaningful change.
Four leaders and representatives of the Health Equity Compact will discuss the Compact's work and approach to elevate and address racial justice, with direct connections to behavioral health, including funding opportunities and approaches for integrating health equity: Dr. Carlos Cappas, chief behavioral health officer, Lynn Community Health Center; Dr. Rosa Colon-Kolacko, SVP, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Tufts Medicine, Health Equity Compact Leadership Team; Dr. Nancy Norman, Medical Director of Integration at Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, Health Equity Compact Leadership Team; and Lindsey Tucker, Compact Senior Director.
You will also hear from peer funders about how their philanthropic strategy led them to invest in the Compact.
About the Network:
The Behavioral Health Funders' Network (Network) is a state-wide network of funders working in the area of behavioral and mental health and wellness. For over 4 years the Network has been meeting regularly for peer learning, knowledge sharing, and relationship building. Key norms of this Network are trust, confidentiality, and a learning/growth mindset.
The stated goals of the Network are: 1) Improve behavioral health services by providing a space and opportunity for learning from one another, and 2) Exchange information with the potential for collaboration on projects ranging in size from large, overarching initiatives to smaller community-based projects.