Upcoming Events

  • Eliminating Health Disparities: Transdisciplinary Perspectives (October 11, 2012) More

  • Gene-Environment and Disparities Research Workshop Series (Ongoing) More

Director & Core Faculty

 

Alexandra E. Shields, PhD, is Director of the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. More

 
 

Douglas E. Levy, PhD, is an Instructor in Medicine (Health Policy) at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Health Care Policy at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. More

 
 

Mehdi Najafzadeh, MSc, MA, is a PhD candidate in Health Economics from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Research Fellow at the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities. More

 
 

William H. Crown, PhD, is group president of health economics and outcomes research and late phase research for OptumInsight Life Sciences and affiliated faculty at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. More

 

Affiliated Faculty           Staff

 

Mongan Institute for Health Policy
Massachusetts General Hospital
50 Staniford Street, Suite 901,
Boston, MA 02114
617-724-1048
617-724-4738 (Facsimile)

 

Our Mission

The Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities is dedicated to conducting research on the complex intersections of emerging genetics research and the persistent problem of health disparities in order to fully leverage the potential of genomics research to improve population health and reduce health disparities.

About the Center

The Center conducts research at the intersection of genomics with the specific diseases prevalent in populations currently underserved in the health care system.  Our goal is to analyze this intersection throughout the research trajectory, “from bench to bedside.”  Our work focuses on highly prevalent chronic conditions (e.g., nicotine dependence, cancer, and obesity) for which advances in treatment and prevention would have the greatest potential to improve our nation’s health and reduce health disparities.  We conduct transdisciplinary research projects using a variety of methods, including theoretical analyses, qualitative studies, survey research, and health services research.  Projects include studies ranging from analyses of genomics research design (e.g., the use of “race” concepts in genomics research and the conceptualization and measurement of the environment in gene-environment research), to the challenges of integrating emerging genomic treatments into clinical practice, to assessing the impact of differential access to genomic treatments on health outcomes and disparities. 

The Center is a joint initiative of Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare, engaging faculty from across the Harvard Community, including:

Center Leadership

The Center is directed by Alexandra Shields, PhD, who has more than 20 years experience working on issues related to access to health care for low-income and uninsured individuals, in both government and academic settings. Dr. Shields’ principal research interests include issues related to the quality of care provided to underserved populations, health disparities, and challenges associated with clinical integration of new genetic technologies.

Dr. Shields received her PhD in Health Policy from the Heller School, Brandeis University. She also holds a BA in sociology and theology and an MA in systematic theology from Boston College.