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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Boston wins federal grant to address gaps in healthcare

By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff

Boston will receive more than $4 million in federal money over the next five years to address gaps in healthcare and to export the advances it has already made to other New England cities, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated the city as a Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities, with an emphasis on investigating the health status and medical treatment received by black residents who suffer from cardiovascular disease and breast and cervical cancer. African-American women in Boston are more likely to die from breast cancer than women of any other race or ethnicity.

Two years ago, Menino declared that the most pressing medical issue confronting the city was the persistent gap in health status and treatment that exists among racial and ethnic groups. At that time, the Boston Public Health Commission released a sweeping study on the subject and, later, ordered hospitals to begin collecting detailed information about all patients to better determine why disparities remain.

"We have a pretty good record on this," Menino said in an interview. "But we have to do more."

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