SOM Students Attend Massachusetts Health Care Policy Forum

February 15, 2017

SOM Students Attend Massachusetts Health Care Policy Forum

The Simmons School of Management recently sent SOM Professor Robert Coulam and seven students to the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. Six students were from the Health Care MBA Program: Christopher Ascencio, Latoya Brewster, Westley Evans, Alissa Latham, Sarah O’Shaughnessy, and Aisha Twells. Julie Nickerson from the Undergraduate Program in Management also attended.

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum organizes an annual student forum designed to give advanced graduate students in public health, medicine and health policy direct access to the workings of state government, at the most senior level.

At this Forum, students have an opportunity to meet with the key legislative and administrative officials to discuss health policy and management in state government. Speakers from state government include:

  • Heads of key legislative committees dealing with healthcare and their senior staff
  • Heads of all of the central health-related agencies: Public Health, Mental Health, Health Policy Commission, Center for Health Information and Analysis. MassHealth (the Medicaid program)
  • And others

These discussions addressed pressing contemporary issues, including the opioid epidemic in the state, problems of cost control and quality in all facets of healthcare, and the potential changes impending under the Trump Administration.

Students attended this year from Boston University School of Public Health, Heller School at Brandeis University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Commonwealth Medicine, and the Simmons School of Management.