About Close the Gap
Our goal is to help you get access to the quality healthcare that care you need, but aren’t getting today.
What are Health Inequities?
Everyone deserves quality healthcare – regardless of who you are, what you look like or where you live. But you may not have equal access to treatment because of factors beyond your control, like your race, your sexual identity and age. This disparity is what we call “the gap” and it’s what we’re trying to eliminate.
For example, Blacks in the U.S. are 30%1 more likely to die from heart disease than Caucasians. We’re committed to making sure that you and your family don’t experience gaps like these.
Our Vision and Mission
Our vision: To have a world where all patients - regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and sexual orientation - understand their medical conditions and have access to therapies to help them live better lives.
Our mission: To close the health inequity gap through provider education and collaboration, advocacy and society partnerships, and patient disease state awareness.
We bring awareness to the treatment gap through partnerships with national patient advocacy organizations and minority associations. Together, we expand our reach and provide their physicians and patients with educational materials to help close the healthcare gap.
To help you understand how to reduce your risk for certain diseases, and what to do if you have symptoms or need treatment, Boston Scientific offers tools, such as a self-reported symptoms checker and a physician finder, so you can take charge of your health.
Resources & Support
Boston Scientific talked to patients around the country to find out what resources would be most helpful and designed this resource page with your needs in mind.
- Learn about health conditions and treatments
- Find a doctor near you
- Review questions to ask your doctor
- Get reliable rides to your appointment
- Understand common medical terms
CNN: Women are dying unnecessarily from heart attacks, leading health charity says
- The British Heart Foundation published a report that estimates more than 8,200 women died in a 10-year period as a result of receiving worse treatment than men.
TODAY: Women who ‘self-silence’ in relationships may have more heart disease risk
- The chronic stress of ignoring personal needs to put everyone else first could have physical consequences, study says.
Associated Press: U.S. pregnancy deaths are up, especially among minorities
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released new guidelines saying being Black is the greatest risk factor for these deaths.
USA Today: Latina entrepreneurs lead a movement to make traditional Hispanic food healthier
- Rosa Rios Valdez watched her mother live with and eventually succumb to diabetes. After her husband was diagnosed as prediabetic, she knew more serious lifestyle changes were necessary to stave off the disease that ran in both of their families.