Mark Hannay

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Director of Metro New York Health Care for All


Mark Hannay is Director of Metro New York Health Care for All, a citywide coalition of community groups and labor unions founded in 1993 that advocates for fundamental health care reform leading to a universal health care program. He is a member of the Steering Committees of various statewide coalitions, including Health Care for All New York, New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage, and the Campaign for New York Health. He also chairs the board of the national Universal Health Care Action Network, and serves on the board of the NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Mark began his health activist career in 1991 as a member of the Insurance and Health Care Access Committee of ACT UP/New York. During the Clinton health care reform period of 1993-4, Mark worked as a Public Policy Associate at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, where he focused on health care and insurance issues for people living with HIV.

Since 2002, Mark has co-hosted the weekly “Health Action” program broadcast over WBAI/Pacifica radio, and hosts the monthly “Health Care on the Air” monthly cable TV program broadcast over public access cable channels in Manhattan. Mark was a 2016 recipient of the Health Advocate of the Year given by Families USA, was a recipient of the 2012 Tisch Community Health Prize given by the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, was the inaugural recipient of the Health Advocate of the Year Award given by the Public Health Association of New York City in 2005, and also received its Health Media Professional Award in 2010.

Mark served on the Community Funding Board and the Board of Directors of the North Star Fund from 2000-2005, and served on the Community Advisory Committee of the New York State Health Foundation from 2007-12. In 2015, he was appointed to the Steering Committee of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Population Health Improvement Program, and also serves on its Advanced Primary Care Planning Group.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in psychology, and studied psychology at the graduate level at New York University.