Massachusetts Medical Society: Dr. Nancy Oriol honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with Reducing Health Disparities Award

Dr. Nancy Oriol honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with Reducing Health Disparities Award

Dr. Nancy OriolWALTHAM – Dr. Nancy Oriol, associate dean for community engagement at Harvard Medical School, lecturer on global health and social medicine, and associate professor of anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the recipient of its 2021 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.

In 1992, Dr. Oriol was instrumental in founding The Family Van, a mobile health clinic designed to increase access to health care and improve the health of residents in Boston’s underserved communities. Staffed by community health workers, public health practitioners, medical students, health educators, counselors and volunteers, the resource provides education, counseling, preventive services as well as referrals to many local health and social service agencies for support with wide ranging issues such as employment, housing, food, dental care, mental health services, health insurance and more.

More 1,000 volunteers have been trained to support the services offered by The Family Van since 2002 and the program has saved $2.8 million in avoided emergency room costs in the last five years.

Additionally, Dr. Oriol was instrumental in the creation of “Mobile Health Map,” a database of mobile clinics from across the United States, which allows for collaboration and learning.

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