We are pleased to offer the May 2015 installment of our Spotlight series to highlight MPHA partners and friends from across the state who are changing lives and communities to improve health and advance health equity. This month we are highlighting four public health heroes who will receive recognition for their incredible contributions to the advancement of health equity in the Commonwealth at Our Health, Our Future: MPHA’s 13th Annual Spring Awards Breakfast on June 5, 2015.
This year we are excited to honor Renée Boynton-Jarrett as our Paul Revere Award recipient at MPHA’s 13th Annual Spring Awards Breakfast. The Paul Revere award is our highest honor, reserved for those who have made an outstanding impact on public health.
Dr. Boynton-Jarrett is a practicing pediatrician at the Boston Medical Center and a social epidemiologist. She is also the founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network. The Vital Village Network supports the development of community-based strategies to promote child well-being in three Boston neighborhoods. Her work focuses on the role of early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health. Dr. Boynton-Jarrett is prominently featured in the documentary featured at MPHA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of America. To better understand the impact of her work to promote child well-being, see and hear her speak in the documentary’s preview. Dr. Boynton-Jarrett has a specific interest in the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and the neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns. View her impressive bio and list of recent publications on Boston Medical Center’s website.
Renée Boynton-Jarrett is the true embodiment of someone deserving of the Paul Revere Award. She joins the ranks of previous recipients of the Paul Revere Award such as Karen Darcy, Barbara Ferrer, Dr. Judith Palfrey, Dr. Paul Farmer, and Harold Cox.
This year we are also excited to honor:
Jose Rivera, the winner of our Lemuel Shattuck Award. He is the Assistant Director of Community Engagement & Support, LUK, Inc. Mr. Rivera has contributed his life’s work to furthering public health, social justice, and access to care to marginalized communities in Central MA.
Max Fripp, the winner of our Alfred Frechette Award. He is the Executive Director of Playworks Massachusetts. Mr. Fripp is a dedicated advocate for making schools healthier and getting children to be more active.
Benjamin Wood, the winner our Public Service Award. Mr. Wood is the Healthy Community Design Coordinator at the Department of Public Health. He is dedicated to incorporating health into all policies and making Massachusetts a rising star in the field of healthy community design.
Join us on June 5th at the State Room in Boston, MA, as we honor these four deserving public health heroes. We will reflect upon public health successes among friends and fellow advocates and ignite the momentum for the next year of public health action in the Commonwealth. Learn more about how you can attend and sponsor the event. Follow the action on Twitter and tell us why you are excited to celebrate another year of public health advocacy in Massachusetts using the hashtag #MPHAbreakfast.