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  • Release 5.17.12

    Public policy changes needed to get Massachusetts children physically active

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  • Release 6.21.10

    Report Confirms Massachusetts Will Realize Coverage Gains and Financial Benefits Through National Health Reform

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Forum held on December 11, 2014

The Time is Now: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts

Join us on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Omni Parker House for a forum entitled “The Time is Now: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts.” This forum will examine the magnitude and persistence of racial and ethnic health care disparities with a focus on the delivery of behavioral health services. Ongoing challenges and potential solutions will be examined in light of health care system and financing changes under state and national reform. The research will quantify the problem, costs and consequences. The forum will explore potential options and action steps to reduce disparities and move towards a more equitable distribution of critical resources. 

Forum held on January 24, 2014

Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Charting a Path Forward

Join us on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Newton for the fourth forum on healthy aging, “Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Charting a Path Forward."During this forum, we will unveil the forthcoming report on healthy aging – the first of its kind in the state to provide data on health and social indicators for older adults in communities across Massachusetts. We will also showcase a new website for the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative designed to connect professionals, advocates, senior activists, and communities in the field of healthy aging. The forum will feature keynote speaker Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., noted author, speaker and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. The Rev. Liz Walker of Roxbury Presbyterian Church will lead a discussion with Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett and Massachusetts Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein on healthy aging indicators in the state. And, due to popular demand, the poster session will return this year to highlight a number of healthy aging activities in Massachusetts. 

Forum held on December 10, 2012

Healthy Aging in Massachusetts: Where Do We Go From here?

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and Tufts Health Plan Foundation invite health leaders in Massachusetts to the third policy forum on healthy aging titled, “Healthy Aging in Massachusetts: Where Do We Go From Here?” The goal of the forum is to take note of where we are and what steps we can take to help make Massachusetts a model state for healthy aging.  Our keynote speaker, Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, will provide a dynamic framework for healthy aging. Professor Walter Leutz from the Heller School, Brandeis University and Dr. Beth Dugan from the University of Massachusetts Boston Gerontology Institute, will present the action resulting from our last two forums and a Healthy Aging Status Report Card for continued progress. We will also hear from Secretary Ann Hartstein, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Senate Chair of the Committee on Elder Affairs Senator Pat Jehlen, and a range of other healthy aging leaders in the state.  The event will also include a Poster Session with displays of innovative healthy aging initiatives from throughout the Commonwealth.  An informal breakfast will be served from 8 – 8:30 a.m.  You can register for this event at  If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Walzer at or (781) 736-3940. 

  • Supported by:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Tufts Health Plan Foundation
  • Partners Health Care
  • Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • The Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University