Massachusetts Health Council Mission Statement
The Massachusetts Health Council promotes wellness and an improved health care system for individuals and communities in Massachusetts via education, advocacy and action programs. Our emphasis is on prevention and on convening a diverse range of health care stakeholders.
Since our founding in 1920, the Council has taken leadership roles in promoting sound public health policy. We focus on prevention and wellness, access to care, health care quality, health care cost, enhancing the public health infrastructure and reducing disparities in health status and access to care. The Council plays a valuable role in convening and guiding dialogue on critical issues with policy makers, researchers, advocates, providers, corporations and all stakeholders in the health care system. When diverse organizations engage and cooperate, much can be accomplished.
Who We Are
The Massachusetts Health Council is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide organization of more than 150 governmental and voluntary agencies, consumer and advocacy groups, professional societies, and private corporations committed to improving and protecting the health of the residents of the Commonwealth. We are the largest and the oldest health council in the country. Membership is open to all stakeholders in Massachusetts health care.
What We Do
MHC provides opportunities for health care leaders - sometimes from opposing sides of health policy issues – as well as the public, to come together to learn, exchange views and engage in cooperative action to make a difference in improving health. We author and publish a nationally recognized biennial report: "Common Health for the Commonwealth: Massachusetts Trends in the Determinants of Health." We review and take advocacy positions on proposals that safeguard health and promote wellness and we provide a clearinghouse for ideas that generate opportunities and enthusiasm for feasible solutions to our health system challenges. Leveraging our relationships with health officials and policy makers, the Council organizes:
• High-quality conferences on timely, critical issues with notable expert speakers
• Member-only committee meetings featuring invited health leaders and officials
• Frequent networking opportunities with peers from diverse health care organizations
• Opportunities for members to become involved in action initiatives, coalitions and working groups on population health and health system issues