United Against Racism

United Against Racism is Mass General Brigham’s systemwide plan for becoming an anti-racist organization.

What Is United Against Racism?

United Against Racism logo

United Against Racism (UAR) is a long-term, multi-million-dollar commitment to address the many impacts that racism has on Mass General Brigham patients, employees and the broader community. We believe that systemic racism is a public health issue which impacts our patients, workforce and the communities we serve. Working collectively, we are taking action across the system to dismantle racism and learning as we go.

Our mission: To dismantle the barriers, systems and actions inside and outside our walls to provide excellent medical care and equity for all.


Our Priority Areas

Mass General Brigham has established priorities, budgets and timelines in three broad areas:

Leadership, Employees and Culture

UAR is focused on bringing our system to a higher level of leadership and accountability in addressing and dismantling racism.

We aim to:

  • Increase diversity on system and institution boards
  • Increase the diversity among physician and research leaders and improve retention of racially/ethnically underrepresented providers
  • Improve hiring, promoting and retaining diverse leaders
  • Develop system-wide antiracism education
  • Develop incident reporting processes for staff & patients
  • Evaluate all employee compensation and benefits
  • Communications: creating multilingual correspondences

Patient Care

UAR has created policies and workstreams to address the structural racism that results in racial inequity in our patient care.

We aim to:

  • Improve collection of race/ethnicity and language clinical data
  • Eliminate racialized medicine practices
  • Increase access to interpreter services and written translation
  • Address disparities in specialty practices with the formation of racial equity projects in 18 clinical departments (made up of multiple member organizations)
  • Expand screening and response to social risk factors and integrate community health workers at 22 primary care practices across our system
  • Ensure equitable access to virtual health

Community Health and Policy Advocacy

UAR recognizes that systemic racism impacts the communities we serve and their overall health. We aim to:

Leading the Initiative

Executive Sponsors

Dr. Carla Carten, PhD
Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Tom Sequist, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

Rose Sheehan
Chief Human Resources Officer

Elsie M. Taveras, M.D., MPH
Chief Community Health Equity Officer
Quality and Patient Experience

Health Equity

Allison Bryant, M.D., MPH
Senior Medical Director for Health Equity
Quality and Patient Experience

Rebecca J. Cunningham, M.D.
Senior Medical Director of Primary Care

Lee Park, M.D., MPH
Senior Medical Director, QPE Digital Health
Quality and Patient Experience

Rachel C. Sisodia, M.D.
Senior Medical Director for Specialty Care and Patient-Reported Outcomes
Quality and Patient Experience

Community Health

Tavinder Phull, MPH, MBA
Vice President of Community Health
Quality and Patient Experience

Equity and Community Health Policy

Maria Rios, MPH
Director of Equity & Community Health Policy
Office of Government Affairs

Workforce, Leadership, and Culture

Jarrod Chin
Senior Manager for Education and Consulting
Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion