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About the Massachusetts Health Council

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.

MHC provides a forum whereby health care leaders -- often from opposite sides of health policy issues -- come together to make a difference in improving health. Membership is open to Massachusetts statewide organizations.

We are the largest and the oldest health council in the country working to create healthier individuals and communities by concentrating on the pressing health care issues of access to care, quality, cost, and prevention.

We are an organization playing a very active and successful role in shaping the development of policy on numerous health issues over the past decades.

We author and publish a nationally recognized report: "Common Health for the Commonwealth: Massachusetts Trends in the Determinants of Health."


  • Inform and educate members and the general public.
  • Foster communication and cooperation within the health care community.
  • Sponsor forums for the debate of public health issues.
  • Review and take positions on proposals that safeguard health and promote wellness.
  • Provide a clearinghouse for ideas that generate opportunities and enthusiasm for feasible solutions to the common goals of improved health for the state's population.

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