The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum at Brandeis University is an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving health and the health care system in the Commonwealth by convening forums and presenting the highest quality research to legislators, stakeholders and the public.

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum was created in 1998 to bring public and private health care leaders together to engage in focused discussion on critical health policy challenges facing Massachusetts. We convene a new forum approximately four times per year for an invited audience of health care leaders and legislators. Each forum provides an opportunity to identify and clarify health policy problems and to discuss a range of potential solutions.

Forums and Publications

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September 6, 2019: Most Recent Health Policy Forum

“Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts,” was held at the UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium. This forum focused on the numerous ways in which the opioid crisis has impacted Western Massachusetts, with particular attention paid to the social and economic consequences for small and rural communities. Unique challenges and innovative solutions were highlighted.

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January 7-8, 2020: Annual Student Forum

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum organizes an annual student forum for graduate students in public health, medicine and health policy to meet senior legislative and state administrative officials and discuss the operations and responsibilities of state government.
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November 21, 2019: Most Recent Publication

"A Policy Analysis of Post-Acute Rehabilitation Services for People with Acquired Brain Injury in Massachusetts and Beyond," outlines how post-acute rehabilitation could significantly improve health outcomes for individuals with brain injuries while reducing total healthcare costs by an average of $1.67 million over a survivor’s lifetime...