Joan Quinlan, MPA, is the vice president for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 1995, she has led the hospital’s efforts to fully integrate community health into its four missions including patient care, teaching and research, and to engage with local underserved communities to address challenging community-identified public health problems.
Ms. Quinlan is the founding director of the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI). She is the executive sponsor for the hospital’s Executive Committee on Community Health (ECOCH) and serves as the administrative lead for the Kraft Center for Community Health and the Mass General Center for Gun Violence Prevention. She is also the co-lead for the hospital’s Substance Use Disorders Initiative. Ms. Quinlan co-chaired the hospital’s Committee on Disparities in Health Care and is on the joint steering committee for Diversity and Inclusion and Community Health. Under her leadership, Mass General won the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service from the American Hospital Association.
Before Mass General, Ms. Quinlan served in various leadership capacities for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, the Office of the Governor of Mass as advisor on women’s issues, and at 9to5, the organization for women office workers. She is a graduate of Boston College and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she received a Master of Public Administration.