Press Release: MHSA Wins 2018 Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health

March 20, 2018

For more information, contact:
Meg Hoffman, 617-367-6447 x18


MHSA’s Home & Healthy for Good (HHG) program removes barriers to housing and recognizes housing as a social determinant of health


BOSTON – The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health for MHSA’s Home & Healthy for Good (HHG) program. The Hearst Health Prize, in partnership with Jefferson College of Population Health, is given in recognition of an individual's or organization's outstanding achievement in managing or improving health in the U.S. MHSA was one of three finalists chosen for the award.

The announcement was made this morning in Philadelphia at the 18th annual Population Health Colloquium. “Your award validates a movement nationwide to house some of the poorest and most disabled in our midst, and the concept that evidence-based and outcome-based interventions can and do work, especially when organizations work together with a common mission,” said Joe Finn, President & Executive Director of MHSA.

HHG is a permanent supportive housing program addressing chronic homelessness and the overutilization of acute and emergency care by removing barriers to housing. Individuals are provided with their own home where they can address personal challenges, find employment, and achieve other health and life goals.

To learn more about HHG, please visit Media interested in covering this release are encouraged to contact Meg Hoffman at or 617-367-6447 x18. 

About the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is a nonprofit, public policy organization with the mission of ending homelessness in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through collaboration, education, housing, and the implementation of outcome-based programs. MHSA is dedicated to innovative solutions that reduce public reliance on emergency resources and that focus on a Housing First approach through rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing. MHSA works with nearly 100 community-based agencies that serve homeless individuals across Massachusetts. 

About Hearst Health
The Hearst Health network includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab ( Hearst also holds a minority interest in the precision medicine and oncology analytics company M2Gen. The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from Hearst Health reaches 85 percent of discharged patients, 205 million insured individuals, 70 million home health visits and 3.2 billion dispensed prescriptions.

About the Jefferson College of Population Health
Established in 2008, JCPH is part of Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), a leader in interdisciplinary, hands-on, professional education, and home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. JCPH is dedicated to exploring the policies and forces that define the health and well-being of populations. Its mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to examine the social determinants of health and to evaluate, develop and implement health policies and systems that will improve the health of populations and thereby enhance the quality of life. JCPH provides exemplary graduate academic programming in population health, public health, health policy, healthcare quality and safety, and applied health economics and outcomes research. Its educational offerings are enhanced by research, publications and continuing education and professional development offerings in these areas.