Executive Committee on Community Health (ECOCH)

The governance, policy and oversight committee for community health at Mass General.

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Massachusetts General Hospital’s Executive Committee on 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.

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Mass General ECOCH
101 Merrimac Street, Suite 620

Boston, MA 02114

Guided by the needs of our patients and their families, we aim to deliver the very best health care in a safe, compassionate environment; to advance that care through innovative research and education; and to improve the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health at Mass General


ECOCH produced this video on how clinicians can address patients’ social determinants of health within the clinical encounter. It is shown at orientation for all new employees and has been part of education and training for all Mass General staff.


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