Massachusetts Medical Society: Megan T. Sandel, M.D. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Reducing Health Disparities Award

Megan T. Sandel, M.D. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Reducing Health Disparities Award

WALTHAM – Dr. Megan T. Sandel from Boston Medical Center has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the recipient of its annual Reducing Health Disparities Award, an honor recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to reducing health disparities due to race, socioeconomic status, age, education, or sexual orientation. 

Sandel has spent 15 years of her career caring for children from underserved communities, and her advocacy on behalf of those patients includes her work as a principal investigator at Children’s HealthWatch and medical director for the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

Sandel has been a leader locally and nationally in bringing awareness to the social determinants of children’s health.  In 1998, she authored a national report titled “There’s No Place Like Home,” which chronicled how homelessness, food insecurity, asthma and chronic disease are affected by housing situations.

Working with the city in 2012, Sandel successfully lobbied Boston officials to pass an ordinance requiring landlords to be held accountable for addressing code violations that negatively affect the health of the residents.

“Megan understands that we cannot alleviate their underlying illnesses without looking outside the medical model and working to improve their environments,” said BMC CEO Kathleen Walsh who presented Sandel to the Massachusetts Medical Society for consideration of the award. “Megan’s advocacy work has undoubtedly impacted children across Massachusetts and the U.S., and she is extremely deserving of this award.”

Sandel, an alumnus of Dartmouth Medical School, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Pediatric Research.

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is the statewide professional association for physicians and medical students, supporting 25,000 members. We are dedicated to educating and advocating for the physicians of Massachusetts and patients locally and nationally. A leadership voice in health care, the MMS contributes physician and patient perspectives to influence health-related legislation at the state and federal levels, works in support of public health, provides expert advice on physician practice management, and addresses issues of physician well-being. Under the auspices of the NEJM Group, the MMS extends our mission globally by advancing medical knowledge from research to patient care through the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Catalyst, and the NEJM Journal Watch family of specialty publications, and through our education products for health care professionals: NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Resident 360, and our accredited and comprehensive continuing medical education programs.

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