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: Next Health Policy Forum

"Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts." Join us on Friday, September 6, 2019, at the UMass Amherst Campus Center for a forum focusing on the impact of the opioid crisis in western Massachusetts.

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January, 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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Our Publications

Each forum is preceded by an Issue Brief that discusses the background and context of the policy under discussion. Download the latest brief or explore our archives for past publications on a variety of key health policy topics.