CHC was founded in 1972 by Mark Masselli and a group of people made up of Wesleyan University students and community activists. In addition, he worked with the National Free Clinic Council in the San Francisco area. He fostered the development of more free health care clinics across the United States. As was the case with most free clinics at that time, CHC had very little public and governmental support and was very much frowned upon by the medical community in general. Mark, however, remained very committed to health care as a right of each and every person, and so he built several CHC sites devoted to great standards of care, environment and respect for the dignity of all patients. Mark has been instrumental in founding many human services and health care initiatives in Middletown, including Oddfellows Youth Playhouse, Nehemiah Housing Corporation and the New Horizons Battered Women’s Shelter.
He also has had wide interests internationally, working with the Dalai Lama and has made trips to Asia to work on important issues regarding the people of Tibet. He helped develop the Biship Desmond Tutu refugee relief agency during apartheid in South Africa during the eighties.
Currently, Mark Masselli sits on the board of the Goodspeed Opera House and also serves as its treasurer. He also received an appointment to the Council on Medical Assistance Program Oversight, in particular as a representative of the business community. To this group he lends his expertise in management of cost efficiency. Also, he will serve on a standing subcommittee which will make yearly recommendations on the best practices involving Medicaid cost savings. Mark Masselli received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wesleyan University in honor of his extensive and long-standing work on behalf of health care in the United States and through out the world.