• ECOCH is established - first meeting held on 5/28/14.
  • Three subcommittees are formed around the three other pillars of the hospital's mission: Clinical Care, Education, Research. 


  • ECOCH embarks on a learning journey, inviting presentations from other health systems and engaging with national experts on community health.
  • Education subcommittee begins an awareness campaign on the social determinants of health (SDOH) and produces a video that is required viewing for all Mass General staff.
  • Clinical subcommittee develops guidelines (PDF) for clinical departments to engage in community mission.
  • Research subcommittee develops recommendations for incorporating SDOH into Epic medical record system.


  • Partners HealthCare and Mass General leadership support for Anchor Institution strategy is gained.
  • Community Health Champions from clinical departments meetings convene.
  • Boston hospital collaborative on SDOH is formed as a result of 9/28/16 presentation "Social Screening for Population Health" by Boston Medical Center physician Megan Sandel, MD, MPH.
  • ECOCH awards first community health/health equity grants ($30K each) to five clinical departments (2 Psychiatry, 1 Medicine, 1 Cancer Center, 1 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery).
  • Research subcommittee holds its first Community Research Symposium on 11/10/16.


  • ECOCH awards three new community health/health equity grants (Pediatrics, OB, Dermatology) and renews three ongoing grant projects (Psychiatry, Medicine, Cancer Center). 
  • Research subcommittee holds its second Community Research Symposium on 11/14/17.


  • Strategic planning retreat is held on 1/29/18 and top three priorities are determined: SDOH, Access to Care, Race Equity.
  • Three new subcommittees are formed (SDOH, Access, Race Equity) and meet throughout the year to develop goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans.
  • Education subcommittee holds symposium on SDOH with keynote Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, BU School of Public Health on 6/4/18.
  • ECOCH awards five new community health/health equity grants (3 Medicine, 1 Emergency Medicine, 1 Surgery) and renews two ongoing grant projects (Pediatrics, Dermatology).
  • ECOCH co-sponsors an event on 10/24/18 where hospital leadership and community partners learn about an initiative to reduce health disparities on the West Side of Chicago from Darlene Hightower, JD, Associate Vice President, Community Engagement and Practice, Rush University Medical Center.