Under-resourced communities and people of color are disproportionately impacted by immunological disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are less likely to receive high-quality care. Among the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation’s goals is to improve the delivery and utilization of specialty immunology care and to support programs that improve self-management, education and quality of life.

Immunology disparities
  • African Americans who suffer from multiple sclerosis can experience more disability compared to white people.
  • Only 1% of literature about multiple sclerosis focuses on minority populations, despite research indicating that incidence rates may be higher for African Americans than white Americans.

Our impact

Hope for rheumatoid arthritis patients

Meet Wigna and Teresa, patient advisors of the Global Healthy Living Foundation's Hispanic Outreach Program Effect–Culturally Appropriate Education (HOPE–CAPE), who meet weekly to review educational materials, discuss healthcare disparities and barriers, and share ways to reach the Hispanic community.

Our Grantees

  • Global Healthy Living Foundation
  • Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
  • University of California, San Francisco in partnership with the American College of Rheumatology
  • Howard University Hospital in partnership with the DC Veteran’s Medical Affairs Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Adira Foundation
  • Rocky Mount Multiple Sclerosis Center
  • University of Illinois Chicago, in partnership with the University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Washington University, in partnership with University of Kansas and University of Chicago