We are excited to announce that Chris Grasso, MPH, Associate Vice President for Informatics and Data Services at Fenway Health, is now a member of the National Quality Forum’s Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Health Equity Advisory Group. The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in healthcare. The MAP Health Equity Advisory Group advises Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide input on the measures under consideration (MUCs) with the goal of reducing health differences closely linked with social determinants of health (SDOH) and promoting health equity. The Group, with oversight from the MAP Coordinating Committee, will provide recommendations on issues related to measures that would impact healthcare disparities and critical access hospitals.
“This is fantastic opportunity for our organization to have an impact on equity at a national level as well as make connections with some pivotal organizations,” said Grasso.
Grasso has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare, public health, research and technology fields. Under her leadership, Fenway has been an early adopter of Health Information Technology (HIT) and she has developed tools to improve data capture and support clinical decision-making. She has worked on numerous interoperability projects with both Fenway’s EHR vendor and other external partners. Grasso was instrumental in getting Sexual Orientation (SO) and Gender Identity (GI) fields integrated into Fenway’s EHR installation, which shaped the SOGI requirements for ONC 2015 EHR Certification and UDS SOGI reporting requirements. She has advised EHR vendors on incorporating SOGI questions into their products, as well as making their products more LGBTQIA+ inclusive.
Please join us in congratulating Chris Grasso on this appointment!