Past Awardees

Past Awardees of MPHA’s Annual Spring Awards Breakfast

2016 Health Equity Champions

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. , 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.

Donna Lombardi 2Lemuel Shattuck Award: Donna Lombardi, 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.

2015 Health Equity Champions
Renée Boynton‐Jarret, MD, ScD, Paul Revere Award
Primary Care Pediatrician, Boston Medical Center
Founding Director, Vital Village Community Engagement Network

Benjamin Wood, MPH, Public Service Award
Healthy Community Design Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Community Health and Prevention

José Rafael Rivera, Lemuel Shattuck Award
Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Support, LUK

Max Fripp, MEd, Alfred Frechette Award
Executive Director, Playworks Massachusetts

2014 Health Equity Champions
Karen Darcy, RN, MSN, Paul Revere Award
Director, Mental Health Advocacy and Policy Program, Boston Children’s Hospital

Sarah Perez McAdoo, MD, MPH, Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award
Director, Youth Empowerment Adolescent Health (YEAH!) Network

David Williams , PH.D., MPH, Lemuel Shattuck Award
Professor, Harvard School of Public Health
Professor, African and American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University

Tami Gouveia, MSW, MPH, Alfred Frechette Award
Executive Director, Tobacco Free Mass

2013 Health Equity Champions
Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, M.Ed., Paul Revere Award
Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Andrew Balder, MD, Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award
Physician, Mason Square Health Center of Baystate Medical Center and
Senior Medical Director, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan

Steven Fischer, Alfred Frechette Award
Executive Director, Regional Environmental Council

Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, Lemuel Shattuck Award
Executive Director, MA Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW)

2012 Health Equity Champions
Judith Palfrey, MD, Paul Revere Award
Director, Center for Global Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Boston; T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health

City Fresh Foods, Corporate Citizenship in Public Health Award
A leading meal delivery food service provider in the Boston area, City Fresh Foods was recognized for setting new industry standards by placing an exceptional focus on quality, nutritious, and when possible, locally sourced ingredients, culturally appropriate food, and economic development and jobs for a low-income neighborhood.

Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast coalition, Community Leadership Award
Honored for their leadership and commitment to prevention and health.  For leading the way to make every South Coast community a place where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

2011 Health Equity Champions
Paul Farmer, MD, Paul Revere Award
Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Co-founder, Partners In Health; UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti

Ellen Parker, Chef Kirk Conrad, and Project Bread, Community Leadership Award

Ellen Parker is Executive Director of Project Bread; Chef Conrad is Chef-in-Residence with Project Bread’s Chefs-in-Schools Initiative

Lauren Smith, MD, Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award
Medical Director, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

2010 Health Equity Champions
Harold Cox, Paul Revere Award
Associate Dean of Public Health Practice, Boston University School of Public Health

Fran Anthes, Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award
President and CEO, Family Health Center of Worcester

Frank Robinson, PhD, Lemuel Shattuck Award
Executive Director, Partners for a Healthier Community; Director, Community Health Planning, Baystate Health

EMC Corporation, Corporate Citizenship in Public Health Award
In recognition of innovative workplace wellness policies and commitment to the health and wellbeing of all EMC staff members and the greater community

2009 Health Equity Champions
Helen Caulton Harris, Paul Revere Award
Director, Springfield Department of Health and Human Services

Paula Johnson, MD, MPH, Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award
Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Derek Brindisi, Alfred Frechette Award
Director, Worcester Department of Public Health

Roger Berkowitz, Corporate Citizenship in Public Health Award
Owner and CEO, Legal Sea Foods

2008 Health Equity Champions
John Auerbach, Paul Revere Award
Commissioner, MA Department of Public Health (formerly)

Frances Hubbard, Front Lines Award
Community and Family Medicine Consultant and Educator, Baystate Brightwood Health Center and University of Massachusetts Medical School, Historian CHNA #4


Nancy Turnbull, Lemuel Shattuck Award

Associate Dean for Educational Programs, Harvard School of Public Health