Our Mission and History

The Health Policy Research Center (HPRC) at Massachusetts General Hospital aims to catalyze beneficial changes in health policy, the health care delivery system, and in the health and health care of disadvantaged populations.

Founded in 1998 by the Partners HealthCare System (now Mass General Brigham) and Massachusetts General Hospital, HPRC is the legacy member of The Mongan Institute within the Department of Medicine. HPRC conducts research to support quality and efficiency improvement within Mass General Brigham (MGB), to inform and influence health policy on the national level, and ultimately to improve health and health care across America.

With an interdisciplinary faculty skilled in health policy research, health services research, social science, survey science and clinical care, HPRC’s research focuses largely on two broad areas:

1.) Health and health care experiences of disadvantaged populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with chronic physical and behavioral health conditions and multi-morbidity, individuals with disabilities and persons with low socioeconomic status

2.) Reforming and innovating within health care delivery systems, including improving health care quality and efficiency from diverse perspectives and addressing future workforce needs, studying the professionalism of health care practitioners, and examining the opportunities offered by health information technology and electronic clinical data

Through its affiliations with MGB and Mass General, HPRC’s researchers can translate research results directly from academic settings to clinical practice, and identify leading-edge issues affecting health care efficiency and quality.

Both internal sources within MGB and Mass General, as well as numerous external governmental and philanthropic funding sources support HPRC research. Our faculty members also provide extensive teaching and mentoring to Mass General trainees, including teaching a health policy curriculum to internal medicine interns and residents.