On Friday, June 6, nearly 400 public health and health care leaders from around the Commonwealth turned out for MPHA’s 12th Annual Spring Awards Breakfast. Four public health heroes were recognized for their unique and meaningful contributions to public health in Massachusetts and each one cemented their public health hero status with words of wisdom, humility, and hope.
We are immensely grateful to our generous sponsors and supporters of this 12th annual celebration which raised nearly $200,000—surpassing our goal by almost $20,000— that will allow MPHA to continue its work engaging communities in advocacy to build healthy and vibrant communities for all Massachusetts residents.
We were excited to have many special guests join us, including Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, Public Health Committee Chairman Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, and Felix Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston.
Thank you to our honorary committee chair Commissioner Bartlett, our hardworking event committee, and our inspiring awards winners:
Karen Darcy, RN, MSN – Paul Revere Award
Director, Mental Health Advocacy and Policy Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Tami Gouveia, MSW, MPH – Alfred Frechette Award
Executive Director, Tobacco Free Mass
Sarah Perez McAdoo, MD, MPH – Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award
Director, Youth Empowerment Adolescent Health (YEAH!) Network
David R. Williams, Ph.D., MPH – Lemuel Shattuck Award
Florence Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African American Studies and of Sociology, Harvard University