Massachusetts Health Council Mission Statement
Over the past 90 years, the Massachusetts Health Council has served the residents of the Commonwealth through our commitment to improving and protecting health. Since
its inception, the Council has helped shape public policy in fulfillment of its mission. The Council has historically taken a leadership role in promoting sound public health policy. We focus our attention
on prevention and wellness, access to care, health care quality, health care cost, and such important issues as the enhancement of the public health infrastructure and disparities in the access to and
delivery of health care.
We are committed to guiding the dialogue with policy makers, researchers, advocates, providers, corporations and all those who join with us to improve health. We must
continue our drive to reach each and every stakeholder in the health care system and bring them to the table, joining our efforts to improve and protect health. When organizations bond together as one voice,
much can be accomplished. Cooperative action continues to be the call of the Massachusetts Health Council. The organizations of the Massachusetts Health Council have come together in an ever greater capacity
to create coalitions promoting and protecting the health of our residents.
Goals and Objectives
More than ever before, prevention is being recognized as the solution to the
massive problems in the health care system. We have been working hard to promote prevention on two fronts, with two captive audiences – school children and the workforce. There are close to 1 million public
and charter school children K-12 and over 3 million employed Massachusetts residents. If we can reach out to these groups to foster an understanding and effort for individuals to become healthier, we will
win an important battle against illness. This is a MA Health Council priority. The increasing costs of health care will not only negatively impact health care reform and the economy of Massachusetts, but
also the well-being and security of all the residents of the Commonwealth. Our commitment to continue our role as collaborator and convener is ever stronger and we will continue to bring all the stakeholders
to the table to participate in our discussions on the critical health issues that affect all of us.