October 13, 2021, Boston, MA – Fenway Health has been selected from a competitive pool of 35 applicants to receive a pro bono consulting engagement by Harvard Business School Association of Boston’s Community Action Partners (CAP).
Community Action Partners is a volunteer organization of Harvard Business School and Kennedy School alumni helping Boston-area nonprofits apply management skills to their business challenges. Each year CAP volunteers provide an estimated 8,000 hours of consulting, equivalent to approximately $2.4 million in pro bono services to worthy nonprofits. These volunteers offer a powerful blend of business expertise and passion for making a difference in the community. CAP projects result in incredible impact for nonprofit clients and are a uniquely rewarding volunteer experience for alumni.
Over the next year, CAP volunteers will work together with Fenway Health staff to develop a sustainable telehealth business plan so that culturally responsive care can continue to be accessible for patients. Over the course of the pandemic, telehealth has become an increasingly important part of Fenway’s model of care, providing safe, easy, convenient, and confidential virtual appointments.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with CAP,” said Chris Grasso, Associate Vice President for Informatics and Data Services at Fenway Health. “Telehealth has the potential to be the great equalizer in LGBTQIA+ care. It is paramount to meet patients where they are, particularly communities who may otherwise need to travel great distances to access culturally responsive care. By increasing access to clinicians, telehealth helps to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time, no matter where they may live.“
“Telehealth has the ability to open doors in healthcare like never before. Being able to connect patients and break down barriers to culturally responsive care is the driving force behind our work. We are beyond excited to be partnering with CAP in creating a sustainable, accessible model for telehealth. With CAP’s incredible dedication to nonprofit work and Fenway’s commitment to innovative and equitable healthcare we will be able to help care for patients when and where they need it,” said Emily Phillips, Telehealth Project Manager at Fenway Health.
“We are very excited to work with Fenway Health this year,” said CAP Executive Director Kathy Le. “They are doing critical work for the greater Boston community and beyond. The nature of their business challenge, mission, and social impact make them a very attractive partner for our alumni volunteer teams.”