Spotlight: Spring Awards Breakfast Honorees

These four leaders will be celebrated at MPHA’s Spring Awards Breakfast on June 3, 2016 for their extraordinary work to reduce health inequities in Massachusetts.

Ray Picture 2Paul Revere Award:   Ray Considine, MSW, Recently retired CEO of Health Resources in Action.

Ray joined HRiA in 1989 and most recently was CEO.  During his 27 year tenure, HRiA grew from a Boston-based agency to a nationally focused public health and research organization. HRiA today supports over 200 scientists annually through privately funded medical research grant programs, while its public health initiatives span 38 states and three countries. 

Prior to joining HRiA, Ray served as Executive Director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Service, directed a drug abuse treatment facility for adolescents, worked in community mental health and alcoholism services in Vermont, and was a special education teacher in a psychiatric hospital in Connecticut.   Ray has extensive experience in nonprofit management, administration, and public health with a professional background in institutional resource development, personnel administration, budgeting and nonprofit finance.

In addition to serving as HRiA’s President, Ray is also the Executive Director of the Charles H. Hood Foundation. He is the Treasurer/Secretary of the National Network of Public Health Institutes Board of Directors and currently serves on various nonprofit organization Boards including Tobacco Free Massachusetts and the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Public Health and Community Health Advisory Board.  Ray holds a master’s degree in Social Work in Administration and Planning. 

Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award:  Elsie M. Taveras,Elsie MGH approved pictureM.D., M.P.H.  Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Population Health Management at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and an Ofer and Shelly Nemirovsky MGH Research Scholar.

Dr. Taveras is Pediatrician and is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Management at Harvard Medical School.  She received her BS and MD degrees from New York University.  After receiving her MD, she did her internship, residency and chief residency, at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics.  Dr. Taveras also holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Taveras is Pediatrician and a childhood obesity researcher who has published more than 130 studies.  Her main focus of research is understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the life course to prevent obesity, especially in underserved populations. Her work spans the spectrum of observational studies and interventions – to identify and quantify risk factors for health promotion and disease prevention.   She has served on Committees for the Institutes of Medicine to develop recommendations for prevention of obesity in early life and for evaluating the progress of national obesity prevention efforts.  The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation cited her work as on one of the most influential studies of 2010 and was cited in the White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity in May 2010.

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Front Line Award: Durrell J. Fox, B.S., Technical Advisor for the MA DPH Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, Community Health Worker & Health Equity Consultant

Durrell is a Community Health Worker (CHW) with over 25 years of experience providing support and direct services to adolescents and their families in the Boston area.  Durrell has had a leading role in efforts to develop statewide certification for CHWs in Massachusetts and has been involved in numerous community based initiatives related to HIV/AIDS, young adults, and the elimination of health and healthcare disparities in MA.

He has volunteered at the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self Development (PRI), a Saturday program operated by Concerned Black Men of MA, for the past 20 years working with high school students in a “rites of passage program”.  He has been with NEHEC, a HRSA Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) special capacity building funded project, for 15 years. He has also worked at Children’s Hospital Boston with adolescents/young adults living with or at risk for HIV.

Lemuel Shattuck Award: Donna LDonna Lombardi 2ombardi, M.Ed., R.D., Child Nutrition Director, Worcester Public Schools       

In her 27+ year career, Donna has worked in school nutrition in urban settings including: nutrition education and promotion, school based and field operations and food sales. For the past 17 years, Donna has directed a financially solvent 60+ unit school nutrition program with a preference for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Her programs serve over 10,000 breakfasts; 18,000 lunches; 6,300 fresh fruit/vegetable snacks; 1800 afterschool snacks daily; with an additional 26,000 summer meals when school is not in session delivered via a “mobilized” meal program.  

Donna has been instrumental in developing, piloting and implementing new programs in Worcester classrooms, such as the Farm to Table Program and Breakfast in the Classroom Program. These programs have become models for the state of Massachusetts and beyond.  Commencing in August 2015, Worcester Public Schools adopted the Community Eligibility Provision where all students throughout the school district are now able to participate in all school meal programs at no charge regardless of economic status.