These two leaders will join us at MPHA’s Spring Awards Breakfast on June 3, 2016 and share their work to reduce health inequities in Massachusetts.
Welcoming Remarks: Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General
Since taking office, AG Healey has tackled issues touching the lives of residents across Massachusetts including the heroin and prescription drug epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan debt. She intends to enhance the background check system for guns to include information on recent restraining orders and any relationship to domestic violence. In regards to women’s rights she aims to ensure that every woman in the state has access to reproductive health care regardless of where she lives, her occupation or her income.
Healey is an advocate for a more equal and inclusive workplace. In May 2015, she announced that her office would provide six weeks of paid family leave for all employees – making the AG’s Office the first state agency to offer paid parental leave. The office has also helped shape state legislation that would expand opportunities for women in the workplace including Pay Equity and Pregnant Workers Fairness bills.
As a civil rights attorney, Healey is committed to ensuring that all residents are treated fairly. As former head of the office’s Civil Rights Division, Healey was the architect of the state’s successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and argued the case in federal court. As Attorney General, she has advocated for marriage equality and in support of bills to fight discrimination against transgender people. Prior to her election, Healey helped lead the Attorney General’s Office as head of the Civil Rights Division and as Chief of the Public Protection and Business & Labor Bureaus.
Award Presenter: U.S. Congressman, Jim McGovern
Congressman McGovern joins MPHA in awarding Donna Lombardi for her efforts in creating healthy food options in the Worcester School System and in the fight against hunger for youth in Massachusetts.
As a leading champion of the push to tackle poverty and end hunger, McGovern partnered with a broad range of elected leaders and advocacy organizations working to help the most vulnerable families in our communities. As a National leader on hunger, McGovern has kept the issue in the spotlight in Congress, calling for stronger investments to help the 48 million Americans who struggle with hunger every year. The Congressman actively speaks out about the costs of hunger and the devastating impact it can have on health outcomes.
McGovern has taken a leadership role in the fight against hunger at home and abroad, successfully expanding the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. This program, named after one of his mentors, Senator George McGovern (D-SD), has changed lives around the globe, helping to alleviate child hunger and poverty by providing nutritious meals to children in schools in the world’s poorest countries.
As a widely recognized and tenacious advocate for his district, McGovern has been a long standing supporter for underserved populations. Over the past 19 years, McGovern has steadily delivered millions of dollars for jobs, vital local and regional projects, small businesses, public safety, regional and mass transportation projects, and affordable housing around Massachusetts. Congressman Jim McGovern (D- MA) is currently serving his tenth term in Congress, on behalf of the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts. Congressman McGovern is also Co-Chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and is Co-Chair of the bipartisan House Hunger Caucus.