15th Spring Awards Breakfast

This June, join us and more than 300 friends and partners in public health for a special celebration, as we honor five visionary leaders advancing health equity here in the Commonwealth.

This year we are delighted to recognize the achievements of:
 Debbie Klein Walker, Shani Dowd, Jen Sloanaker, Dr. Matt Sadof, and Dr. Megan Sandel

We are also pleased to announce Monica Bharel, MD, MPH Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as Honorary Chair of the Awards Breakfast.

The Awards Breakfast is the signature networking event of the year for the public health community to come together, celebrate the achievements of our collective power, and reinvigorate our commitment to promote social justice, and advocate for programs and policies that reduce health inequity across Massachusetts.

For questions about sponsorship call us at 857-263-7072, ext 114

2017 Spring Awards Breakfast Honorees

Paul Revere Award
Deborah Klein Walker, EdD

Debbie Klein Walker, Ed.D, Recently retired Vice President and Senior Fellow, U.S. Health Division at Abt Associates

Dr. Deborah Klein Walker, recently retired from Abt Associates where she was Vice President and Senior Fellow, Ms. Walker dedicated her 40+ career to maternal and child health and behavioral science research, she also served as a leader in public health, and as an advocate for public health and social justice. Dr. Walker spent 16 years with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she was the Maternal and Child Health Title V Director and Associate Commissioner for Programs and Prevention. MPHA’s Paul Revere Award is our highest honor, and we are proud to celebrate Dr. Walker’s trailblazing contributions to the promotion of public health in Massachusetts.


Shani Dowd, BA, LHD (hc), LCSW, Director of Health Equity Roundtable at Harvard Pilgrim Health Foundation


Lemuel Shattuck Award
Dr. Shani Dowd, BA, LHD(hc), LCSW

Dr. Shani Dowd, currently serves as Director of Culture InSight, an operating program of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the charitable foundation of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc., a nationally recognized health plan. Ms. Dowd is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine.                               


Jen Slonaker, BA, MSW, Vice President of Education & Training at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Alfred Frechette Award
Jen Slonaker, B.A., M.S.W

Jen Slonaker, is the Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM), where she oversees the delivery of high-quality, comprehensive sex education and information to 10,000 parents, youth, and professionals across Massachusetts annually, as well as the Internal Training program for the organization. During her time at PPLM, the department authored a middle and high school curriculum, Get Real: Sex Education That Works, which is the first evidence-based program to incorporate social-emotional-learning into sex education, and is in use in 30 states, reaching over 200,000 young people a year.

Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award
Dr. Matt Sadof, MD & Megan Sandel, MD MPH


Dr. Matt Sadof, MD,  Pediatrician at Baystate Medical Center

Dr. Matt Sadof, currently serves as chair of the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition. Since 1998, Dr. Sadof, has worked to develop sustainable systems of care and further medical education for medically and socially fragile children at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, MA. This work helped to create an asthma community health worker program for children. Currently this effort is part of the Green Healthy Homes Social Investment Bond Initiative to create a regional center of excellence for asthma community health workers for seniors and children. Dr Sadof also serves as an Associate Professor in Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate.

Dr. Megan Sandel, MD, MPH,  Associate Director of the GROW Clinic, Boston Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Boston University

Dr. Megan Sandel, is the Associate Director of the GROW clinic at Boston Medical Center, a Principal Investigator with Children’s Health Watch and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She is the former pediatric medical director of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless program, and is a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health. She has served as a Principal Investigator for numerous NIH, HUD and foundation grants, working with the Boston Public Health Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to improve the health of vulnerable children, particularly with asthma.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
boston childrens hospital
Bronze Sponsors
Cambridge Health Alliance
Beacon Strategies Group
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Benefactor Sponsors
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Alfred DeMaria, Jr.
Denterlein Worldwide
 University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Thank you to our sustaining Advocate, Bronze and Silver members and partners in public health:

AIDS Action Committee | Association for Behavioral Healthcare | AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals | Fenway Health | Harvard Street Health Center | Health Foundation of Central MA | John Snow Inc. | MA League of Community Health Centers | MetroWest Health Foundation | Novo Nordisk | Partners for a Healthier Community| Planned Parenthood League of MA