As part of MGH Equity and Community Health 10-point Structural Equity Plan, the goal of Initiative 4 is to improve access to care and identify and eliminate disparities in health care delivery. The MGH Equity Innovation Grant Program provides a funding mechanism for interventions that address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. This program is designed to attract applicants from within MGH to develop, test, and implement innovative solutions to improve quality and address gaps in care for our diverse population.

We invite employees across MGH with dedication and passion for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion to apply. Funded projects will be developed and administered as small pilots of change to identify interventions that are successful and sustainable.


  • Microgrants of up to $3,000 are awarded to MGH employees committed to the design and implementation of quality improvement projects based on a defined area of need.

  • Funds do not include effort for time, but rather expenses related to quality improvement or research projects.

  • Funds may faciliate interviewing processes with project participants


  • All MGH employees are eligible to apply for funding. Grant funding is available for MGH employees only.

  • Applicants must propose a quality improvement or research project that is focused on health disparities, diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.



  • Application deadline is September 1st, 2021

  • Funds will be allocated on October 1st, 2021

  • Applications are completed online and reviewed by the MGH Equity and Community Health team on a rolling basis.

  • Eligible applicants can expect a response to their proposal within 3 to 4 weeks of submission.


Contact Esteban Barreto at with questions about the program.

Grants are for MGH employees only


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Improving Community Access to Colonoscopy for Colorectal Cancer Screening – A Pilot Program

Project Lead: Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa, MD, MPH, Gastroenterology

The purpose of this study is to improve access to colonoscopy at two community health centers by using a digital smartphone application. The aims of this study are to: 1) develop a web-based/digital application platform to allow community health centers (CHC) to schedule patients for a colonoscopy at MGH and 2) assess the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of our web-based/digital application platform at a single community health center.

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Addressing Equity in Telemedicine at MGH Chelsea

Project Lead: Carina Spencer, MD, MGH Chelsea Healthcenter

This research project focuses on developing a thorough understanding of the factors that reduce access to video technology in telemedicine by identifying patients who only use phone technology. By assessing community assets and barriers including limited access to care, limited English proficiency/digital literacy, and privacy issue concerns, this project aims to target, adapt, and scale telemedicine interventions specific to the community’s needs.

Making Basic Life Support (BLS) Basic

Project Lead: Anezi Uzendu, MD, Cardiology

The Make BLS Basic Team piloted a virtual CPR training platform for community members and students predominantly of color to examine whether this approach could build knowledge and confidence in delivering bystander CPR. In total, this team trained 150 families, and Portable Hands Only CPR training kits were sent to each family before the Zoom sessions, which they kept to pass along the training to loved ones.

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Prospective GI Symptoms Assessment (ProGISA) during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Project Lead: Christopher Velez, MD, Gastroenterology

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This study aimed to assess and track functional gastrointestinal disease (FGID) symptoms and psychological distress. Study staff conducted surveys with patients who visited an outpatient respiratory illness clinic and found a high burden of chronic GI symptoms associated with females and depression/anxiety. This study found an association between GI symptom severity and psychological distress. This finding is suggestive of FGID-development in communities heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Experience of Patients with Functional Dyspepsia in Medically Underserved Areas

Project Lead: Christopher Velez, MD, Gastroenterology

IRB Protocol Number: 2019P000227

This study aims to understand how functional dyspepsia impacts quality of life to identify barriers to care and how patients feel and think about their GI symptoms. To achieve this goal, study staff will conduct interviews in English and Spanish with patients in medically underserved areas (MUAs) who have functional dyspepsia and visit a gastroenterologist or primary care physician at a Mass General Brigham Healthcare facility.