Our Ecosystem

Dramatically improving our health requires an ecosystem approach—exchanging ideas, aligning around standards, and working across multiple stakeholder silos. It will require unprecedented collaboration to shift societal mindsets and actions enough to realize possible gains in life expectancy and quality of life.

The McKinsey Health Institute (MHI) is committed to contributing to this collective ecosystem. MHI is fostering a strong network of organizations dedicated to this aspiration through a range of collaboration types—convening and enabling leaders, advancing research, creating and promoting open-access data assets, and stimulating innovation. MHI aspires to share resources, innovations, data, and findings in the public domain so others can replicate what proves effective, and looks to its ecosystem partners to commit to the same.

Featured Collaborations

As we launch MHI, we are setting high aspirations and building off a strong history of external collaborations. This includes innovation pilots we have launched with partners, broader convenings we’ve cohosted, standing advisory groups we regularly contribute to, open-access analytics we support, and research we’ve collaborated on.

Below are examples of some of the remarkable institutions we’ve previously collaborated with—a group we’re keen to deepen and extend our connections to in the future.

MHI welcomes connection with committed organizations interested in building out this ecosystem together. MHI is actively seeking opportunities to collaborate across its identified six shifts and initial focus areas.

We are collaborating with Medicover, a specialized provider of diagnostic and healthcare services focused mainly in Europe and India, to help them leverage our Scale What Works interactive as a starting point for Medicover to identify opportunities for positive impact on health. The learnings from this process will likely be applicable to a broad set of stakeholders globally who seek to alleviate disease burden and improve health outcomes. Through this research collaboration, we hope others will be able to similarly apply this data and scale known interventions intended to add years to life and life to years in an equitable way.
We collaborated with European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) affiliates who provided local expertise to help shape an MHI consumer insights survey on Generation Z’s brain health across ten countries in Europe. The findings were shared with researchers, clinicians, and healthcare leaders during the 19th International Congress of ESCAP to help assess how health networks could better support youth mental health at local, national, and international levels.
We are collaborating with MindForward, a global not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to transforming workplace culture and supporting businesses in creating mentally healthy workplaces, to further scale our no-cost employee mental health and well-being survey by deploying it to their members. By participating in the MHI survey, employers will not only receive valuable insights about their employees' mental health and well-being to inform actions that further support their workforce and businesses but will also have the opportunity to become a part of the solution by contributing to broader knowledge development and research on the ways to improve employee mental health and well-being.
We are a founding member of the World Wellbeing Movement, a coalition of global leaders from business, civil society, and academia that have come together to help put well-being—including employee mental health—at the heart of decision making in the public and private sectors. The coalition develops evidence-based measurements and approaches to improve well-being while building a community that shares best practices, takes action, and creates momentum for positive change. With our fellow coalition members, we are pursuing solutions and ideas aimed at improving health and well-being globally.
McKinsey is one of the founding members of The Trinity Challenge (TTC), a partnership of over 40 leading global organizations across the private, public, and social sectors. TTC partners are united by the common aim of using data and advanced analytics to create inclusive innovations and build a world that’s better prepared for health emergencies. To that purpose, TTC is launching, supporting, and funding public challenges. The first challenge round concluded in 2021 and awarded £5.7 million to teams that developed innovative tools and approaches for better pandemic preparedness and response. Additional challenges are under consideration.
McKinsey served as a knowledge partner to Gates Ventures' Exemplars in Global Health program to help identify digital solutions for primary healthcare across low- and middle-income countries. An overview of leading examples has been published as part of the Exemplars in Global Health platform, alongside an analysis of critical success factors for such tools. The findings resulted in example pathways that can be used by companies, governments, and global health organizations to guide the successful implementation of digital health technologies.

We have partnered with the Healthy Brains Global Initiative (HBGI) to develop a case for global collaboration around brain health. We continue to collaborate with HBGI to build publicly available datasets on brain health disease burdens and related interventions to help researchers, funders, advocates, and policy makers address this burden.

We serve as a knowledge partner to the Bloomberg New Economy Forum to provide insights and research for key public health issues including focuses on infectious diseases, oncology, and urban health to help inform the dialogue. The Bloomberg New Economy Forum convenes policymakers, senior government officials, thought leaders, CEOs, and top executives from across the globe for meaningful conversations that lead to action-oriented solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges.

We collaborated with RI International to reimagine and redesign the Crisis Resource Need Calculator. This web-based calculator estimates the demand, resourcing, and healthcare costs of behavioral health crisis services in the United States. The data from this calculator can be expanded and adapted to other global contexts based on local crisis response protocols and resources.

We have collaborated with Mental Health America to develop and launch a survey measuring employer support of their employees’ mental health and well-being. The assessment is available to employers at no cost and continues to be scaled within the United States and beyond through our flagship Employee Mental Health and Well-being initiative.

As part of a broader commitment to food security, McKinsey partnered with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to help transform its efforts to address hunger and the nutrition crisis among vulnerable communities. As a part of our collaboration, we worked to improve the nutrition of meals being delivered by the Feeding America network to improve health outcomes in the communities served. This included identifying investments required across the network to accomplish these goals in a sustainable way.

We collaborated with leading researchers from NRI and several academic institutions on overcoming barriers in evidence-based care for people with severe mental illness. As part of this effort, we used a shared analytics platform to work with large administrative datasets covering insurance claims for antipsychotic medications. Working together, we used these platforms to co-develop novel insights on patient journeys for those receiving antipsychotic medications, as well as geographic variation in prescribing patterns which were published as metrics on our Vulnerable Populations Dashboard.


We are supporting the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) in its efforts with the US government to convene hundreds of national stakeholders around planning and implementation of 988, the first three-digit number for the national suicide prevention and crisis line. Together with NASMHPD, the US government, and other national experts, we developed tools to assess system readiness and prepare for the transition to 988, including a set of playbooks that include "how-to" approaches and case examples for local providers, contact centers, state agencies, and others. There are opportunities to catalyze similar multistakeholder partnerships on crisis care globally.

We worked closely with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to help develop and deliver a free, web-based, interactive digital curriculum to upskill educators in identifying and supporting youth exposed to traumatic stress. Initial pilots have shown success, and the curriculum is being scaled in the United States with potential opportunities to develop training for other global contexts as well.

We worked closely with Tampa Bay Thrives to create a cross-stakeholder coalition of local leaders to improve mental health outcomes, including supporting the development and launch of Let’s Talk, a helpline that helps consumers in the region navigate access to mental healthcare. Learnings from this model can be adapted and applied to other global contexts to improve connection and needed care.

We supported Shatterproof, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States, in its development and execution of a national strategy to help reduce the stigma around addiction. As part of our collaboration, we helped study 11 analogous social change movements, along with initiatives taken to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders and mental illness, to support the findings published in the report.

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