Promote Health Equality

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Helping those who need it most

The Boston University School of Medicine is committed to promoting health equality: around the corner, and on the other side of the world.

Located in the heart of Boston—and sharing a campus with the Schools of Public Health and Dental Medicine, as well as Boston Medical Center—the School of Medicine has deep ties to our host city.  Boston Medical Center, the School’s primary teaching hospital, has long served the city’s minority and disadvantaged populations. The School’s clinical teaching program puts both our students and our clinicians into 25 affiliated hospitals, 15 neighborhood health centers, and numerous private clinics and doctors’ offices in the New England area.

Part of health equality is taking the care where it is most needed. Three years after its founding, Boston University School of Medicine began sending faculty and students into Boston neighborhoods to care for the sick in their homes. A century and a half later, the practice continues. Today, medical school students still perform required rounds in the community.  And when our international students return to their countries of origin—almost two dozen, in recent classes—they take these habits with them.

Another part of health equality is meeting the needs of historically underserved populations. The Black Women’s Health Study, founded in 1995, is tracking the medical and life histories of 59,000 black women. The Boston University Cancer Center has made a focused effort to recruit racial minorities for clinical trials. Although prostate cancer and breast cancer disproportionally affect black men and women, only about two percent of participants in cancer drug trials nationally are minorities. Minorities comprise 48 percent of participants in the School of Medicine’s cancer drug trials.

Our research, too, promotes health equality. We collaborate with investigators at the other Medical Campus schools (Public Health and Dentistry), Boston Medical Center, and the Charles River Campus of Boston University. These collaborative projects often focus on urban health problems, health disparities, and issues of health care delivery to vulnerable populations and underserved communities—both close to home and in countries around the globe.

Opportunities to further health equality with BUSM

  • Endow a related research fund: $10 million
  • Sponsor a community outreach program