Massachusetts General Hospital’s Executive Committee on Community Health (ECOCH) is charged with promoting community health improvement and ensuring health equity, leveraging all four components of the Mass General mission: patient care, teaching, research and community health.
ECOCH was formed in 2014 to guide the community health work of the hospital and to put community health on par with other pillars of the hospital’s mission. The inaugural chair is Katrina Armstrong, MD, Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine. The Executive Sponsor is Joan Quinlan, Vice President for Community Health.
ECOCH is informed by the triennial community health needs assessments and implementation plan conducted by the Center for Community Health Improvement as well as the hospital’s community health strategic plan. To improve health across populations and throughout the lifecourse, ECOCH focuses on social and economic determinants of health, access to high quality care for low-income patients and collaborates with the MGH Diversity and Inclusion Committee around issues of race and racism.
The Executive Committee on Community Health reports to the General Executive Committee (GEC) along with the Executive Committee on Teaching and Education (ECOTE) and the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR). The GEC and its committees are responsible for adopting policies and procedures relating to patient care, medical education, research and community health and act in an advisory capacity to the President and the Trustees of Massachusetts General Hospital on all matters affecting the optimal operation of the Hospital.
ECOCH began meeting bimonthly in 2014.