The Mongan Institute for Health Policy (MIHP) aims to catalyze beneficial changes in health policy, the health and health care of disadvantaged populations, and the health care delivery system. Founded by Partners HealthCare System and Massachusetts General Hospital in 1998, MIHP conducts research to support quality and efficiency improvement within Partners HealthCare, 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, MIHP’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 multimorbidity, individuals with disabilities, and persons with low socioeconomic status; and
(2) reforming and innovating within health care delivery systems, including improving health care quality and efficiency – from diverse perspectives – and addressing future workforce needs, the professionalism of health care practitioners, and the opportunities offered by health information technology and electronic clinical data.

Through its affiliations with Partners HeathCare System and Massachusetts General Hospital, MIHP’s researchers can translate research results directly from academic settings to clinical practice, and identify cutting-edge issues affecting health care efficiency and quality. Both internal sources within Partners and MGH, numerous external governmental and philanthropic funders support MIHP research. MIHP faculty also provide extensive teaching and mentoring to MGH trainees, including teaching a health policy curriculum to internal medicine interns and residents.

In addition to its general health policy research, MIHP houses two centers with special interests: the Center for Genomics, Vulnerable Populations and Health Disparities; and the Disparities Solution Center.