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MHPF Staff

Michael Doonan, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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Ashley Brooks, CMP

Senior Events Manager

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Kayla Scire,

MPP Candidate

Research Associate

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Emily Blecker,

MBA in Healthcare Management Candidate

Database Coordinator

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Walter Leutz, Ph.D., 

Senior Research Associate

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Our Mission

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

Our History

The 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 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Modeled after the successful National Health Policy Forum of George Washington University, the Massachusetts Forum conducts approximately four forums per year for an invited audience of health care leaders and legislators.

Each Forum is preceded by the publication of an Issue Brief that discusses the background and context of the policy controversy under discussion. The mission of the Forum is to provide the highest quality information and analysis to leaders and stakeholders. The Forum does not lobby and does not make recommendations. Rather, the Forum provides an opportunity to identify and clarify health policy problems and to discuss a range of potential solutions.