Commitment to Health Equity at MPHA’s Annual Meeting & Expo

On Friday, October 17th, MPHA hosted its 2014 Annual Meeting and Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. The venue was filled with over 300 public health professionals, students, and advocates. Thirty-one local and statewide organizations and many of our 16 event sponsors joined us as exhibitors to further engage attendees in public health awareness and advocacy. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Here are a few highlights from the day:

  • Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett gave opening remarks. Thank you, Commissioner, for being a great leader, innovator, collaborator, and friend to MPHA.
  • A pre-screening of The Raising of America highlighted the struggle many parents and communities face to provide healthy and nurturing environments for children to thrive while battling socio-economic conditions.
  • A panel discussion moderated by HHS Region 1 Director Christie Hager and featuring BPHC Trauma Services Director Courtney Mark Grey, President and CEO of MACDC Joe Kriesberg, Mayor Daniel Rivera of Lawrence, and CEO of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children Marie St. Fleur led a cross-sector discussion and call to action for investment in public health across the life course.
  • MPHA honored retiring board members Deborah Allen, John Auerbach, Epi Bodhi and Karen van Unen, and recognized Board President Steven Bradley for his two years of leadership as he steps down as President.
  • We welcomed new board members Claude-Alix Jacob, Roeshana Moore-Evans, Neil Maniar and Xanthi Scrimgeour, and celebrated Deborah Dickerson as she takes the helm as MPHA’s new Board President.
  • Our new strategic plan and vision for the future were presented, highlighting our mission of eliminating health inequities and create healthy communities for all.
  • An overview on two ballot questions—No on 1 and YES on 4—garnered support from the public health community to say no to unsafe roads and bridges and say yes to earned sick time for all of Massachusetts.
  • A walking tour of Worcester led by WalkBike Worcester concluded the meeting and provided one last opportunity for networking in motion.

We are very proud of the work that we have accomplished this past year. Thank you to all who attended for helping to make this event a great success! We hope that you left informed, inspired, and ready to take action for equity in health for all of the Commonwealth’s residents.

Want more? Check out the day’s action on Twitter by searching the hashtag #mpha2014 and viewing the photo album on Facebook.

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