Joan Quinlan, MPA, is the Vice President for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has also led the Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) since 1995. In her current capacity, Ms. Quinlan leads the hospital’s efforts to fully integrate community health into all of its missions including patient care, teaching and research, and to engage with local underserved communities to address challenging community-identified public health problems. She is the hospital co-lead for the Substance Use Disorders Initiative, the leading clinical initiative of Mass General’s most recent strategic plan. The need for this initiative, which focuses on the opioid epidemic, was identified through the Community Health Needs Assessment, conducted by CCHI and now required by the Affordable Care Act. Under Ms. Quinlan’s leadership, Mass General won the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2011 and the Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service from the American Hospital Association in 2015.
From 1990 to 1995, she was the administrative director for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. She has also been the advisor on woman’s issues to Governor Michael Dukakis and the executive director of 9to5, the Organization for Women’s Office Workers. She is a graduate of Boston College and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she received a master’s of public administration.