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Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare

Improving healthcare has long been a central part of the mission of McKinsey’s Healthcare Systems & Services Practice. We have honored that mission by serving our clients effectively and investing in issues deeply relevant to society, such as social determinants of health, rural health, maternal health, and behavioral health—including mental health, substance use, and the opioid crisis.

We have established the Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare to integrate, amplify, and extend these previous efforts. We aspire to collaborate with other organizations to drive positive innovation in areas that have been historically underinvested in but are critical for the benefit of society.

We hope to accomplish our objective through four strategies. First, by conducting and sharing research. Second, by co-investing with other organizations to define and launch new innovations with the explicit purpose of sharing results so others can replicate what proves effective. We hope to include “open source” sharing of select analytic models, data sets, and software tools. Our third strategy entails partnering with other organizations to convene and support multi-stakeholder collaborations. Finally, we will continue to focus on achieving tangible impact as we serve clients in these areas.

We bring McKinsey’s full global capabilities and resources to bear, including our healthcare expertise, advanced analytics, functional knowledge, technology assets, network, and investment capacity. That said, making progress will depend on collaborating with other organizations seeking to innovate in these areas. Please contact us if you are interested in partnering.

Healthy mind, healthy body

McKinsey partner Erica Coe explains how leadership in healthcare is an essential component in addressing behavioral health in a holistic way.

Featured Initiative

Combatting Stigma Related to Opioids

We are supporting Shatterproof, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families, in their development and execution of a national strategy to help reduce the stigma around opioid addiction. This work builds on the research conducted by our Opioids Insights group over the last several years. View the video of key findings on the Shatterproof site.

Featured insights


Understanding the impact of unmet social needs on consumer health and healthcare

– Income, employment, education, food security, housing, transportation, safety, and social support are all factors that affect health and well-being.

The role of academic-based health systems: An interview with Catherine Jacobson and Thomas Zenty

– Catherine Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health, and Thomas Zenty, CEO of University Hospitals, explain how their academic... medical centers and academic-based health systems are finding their niche in the healthcare ecosystem. As these centers develop, how do changing consumer expectations and social determinants of health change their vision for the future?

Why social determinants matter for children’s health: An interview with Michael Fisher

– The president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital explains how social determinants of health (e.g., education, housing,... social support) affect children’s health outcomes, and how organizations that invest and intervene early can generate both near- and long-term value.

Addressing the social determinants of health: Capturing improved health outcomes and ROI for state Medicaid programs

– The social determinants of health (SDoH) strongly contribute to variations in health status. Addressing SDoH can help ensure access... to high-quality care, improve outcomes, and manage costs.

Why we need bolder action to combat the opioid epidemic

– Although the opioid crisis in the US is gaining increased attention, the steps taken to date to combat it are insufficient. Our... research suggests that much broader—and bolder—action is required.

Related Practices

We collaborate with our colleagues in other industry and functional practices. In particular, we work closely with McKinsey experts in the following areas to drive meaningful change in healthcare: 

Public Sector

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Social Sector

We help alleviate chronic social problems through our work in education, economic development, public health, and agricultural development. Our deep roots across public/ private/social sectors are a unique strength in this domain.


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