members and shall be comprised of:

  • 3 members of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be designated as co-chair by the speaker;
  • 3 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall be designated as co-chair by the senate president;
  • the secretary of health and human services or his designee, who shall serve ex officio;
  • the commissioner of public health or his designee, who shall serve ex officio;
  • the director of multicultural health in the department of public health or his designee, who shall serve ex officio;
  • the director of Medicaid or his designee, who shall serve ex officio;
  • the attorney general or her designee, who shall serve ex officio; 
  • 8 persons from communities disproportionately affected by health disparities,
    • 4 of whom shall be appointed by the speaker and
    • 4 of whom shall be appointed by the senate president; and
  • 18 persons appointed by the co-chairs, 1 from each list of nominees submitted by each of the following organizations:
  • American Cancer Society, Massachusetts Division, Inc.;
  • the American Heart Association, Massachusetts Affiliate, Inc.;
  • Massachusetts General Hospital;
  • Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals, Inc.;
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.;
  • Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Inc.;
  • Massachusetts Medical Society;
  • Massachusetts Hospital Association;
  • Boston Public Health Commission;
  • Springfield health department;
  • Worcester health department;
  • Massachusetts School Nurse Organization, Inc.;
  • Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses, Inc.;
  • Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, Inc.;
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.;
  • the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health;
  • Boston Medical Center Corporation;
  • Massachusetts Public Health Association.