MGH COLLABORATION CATALYST GRANT PROGRAM

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The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Collaboration Catalyst is designed to foster partnership across departments, divisions, and service lines that are focused on some aspect of diversity, equity, and inclusion at MGH.

This funding opportunity will support MGH employees committed to working together in the design and carrying out of research or quality improvement projects based on a defined area of need.

We invite employees across the organization with dedication and passion to build the appropriate set of structures and foster partnership to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion at MGH. Proposals using interdisciplinary approach are encouraged. Eligible applicants can expect to hear back within 4 to 5 weeks.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • MGH employees partnering across departments, centers, divisions, and/or service lines

  • Focus on health disparities, diversity, equity, and inclusion; or focus on or actively recruit underserved, underrepresented populations.

  • Applicants must show how the proposed project may foster partnership across MGH departments or disciplines to achieve a set of agreed upon goals.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  • Completed online application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MGHCollabCatalyst

  • Brief bio (for project leads only)

  • Project summary (max. 300 words), including:

    • Project Goal(s): Describe the goal(s) of the project being conducted.

    • Background and Significance: Describe key issues/problems and articulates the gap in knowledge being addressed in the current project.

    • Methods: Describe study design, population/sample, setting, data collection procedures and/or interventions, methodology and proposed analysis. Describe how you intend to measure outcomes.

    • Outcomes: Describe a) how the proposed project will foster partnership across departments to achieve a set of agreed upon goals; b) how the proposed project will impact patient care and/or advance equity and inclusion at MGH.

  • Proposed timeline

    • Please include a detailed timeline, including IRB submission (if applicable), project implementation, project completion, and dissemination.

  • Proposed budget:

    • Prepare a budget (i.e., budget expenses relevant to project)

    • Complete Budget Request Form (i.e., attached to online application)

    • For information regarding budget, contact Conor MacCorkle (cmaccorkle@partners.org)

APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMELINE

  • Application for the MGH Collaboration Catalyst is available online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MGHCollabCatalyst

  • All applications will be reviewed by the MGH Equity and Community Health team.

  • Progress reports are required every 6 months, following receipt of the grant. Include budget status on the report.

  • Grant recipients will be expected to provide a brief project summary to include on our website.

  • Grant recipients will be expected to disseminate findings in institutional forums, Annual Report on Equity in Heath Care Quality (AREHQ) report, and/or peer review journals.

  • All dissemination resulting from this grant (publication, presentation, and grant) should contain the following statement: “Support for this project was provided by the Equity and Community Health Collaboration Catalyst, Massachusetts General Hospital.”

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Esteban Barreto at eabarreto@mgh.harvard.edu with questions about the program.

Grants are for MGH employees only

MGH COLLABORATION CATALYST GRANT PROJECTS

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MGH CATCH Project: Improving Community Access to Colon Cancer Screening

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.

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The Hispanic Acute Myocardial Infarction Discharge Intervention Study (HAMIDI Study)

Project Lead: Jonathan Ludmir, MD, Cardiology

Hispanic patients experience disproportionate challenges with cardiovascular care, including in the setting of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). These healthcare disparities persist and become more pronounced post-AMI discharge, in particular with 30-day readmission rates and cardiac rehabilitation referrals. Additionally, Hispanic patients are less likely to be referred to cardiac rehabilitation, thereby limiting access to an evidence-based program which decreases readmissions, decreases recurrent MI, decreases mortality, and improves quality of life. The cultural and language barriers pose additional challenges with discharge planning and accessing follow-up care. Because of the challenges Hispanic patients face with post-AMI care, the Hispanic Acute Myocardial Infarction Discharge Intervention Study aims to optimize the hospital discharge and follow-up process for Hispanic patients admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital with AMI. Patients enrolled in this study will participate in a comprehensive post-discharge program, involving follow-up with a Spanish-speaking cardiologist within two weeks, cardiac rehabilitation, and a four-part educational group visit program. Through this intervention, the goals are to decrease 30-day readmissions, decrease 30-day and one-year mortality, improve cardiovascular metrics, and enhance patient comprehension of cardiovascular disease and lifestyle medicine.