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2017 Annual Meeting & Expo
DCU Center, Worcester, MA | Wednesday, November 29 | 8:30 am 

Registration is closed for MPHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo. You may register on-site, but you will incur a late registration fee.

View the event agenda here!

The meeting will feature a panel of national and state leaders who are leading the way in shaping health care transformation by focusing specifically on the social determinants of health. With massive changes to health care delivery and financing taking place right now in Massachusetts and nationally, we will explore together how the public health community can influence our health system to meaningfully address non-medical barriers to health in Massachusetts.

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Monica Bharel, MD, MPH

Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Welcoming Remarks

Thea James, MD

Vice President, Mission & Associate Chief Medical Officer at Boston Medical Center

Panel Speaker

James Hester, PhD

Principal,  Population Health Systems and
Former Director of
Vermont Health Care Reform Commission

Panel Speaker


John E McDonough, DrPH, MPA 

Former Senior Advisor on
National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate & Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Panel Speaker

Nancy E. Norman, MD, MPH

Medical Director of Integration for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership


At MPHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo, you can participate in one of five dynamic, thought-provoking workshops led by experts in their field! Three of these workshops will take a deeper dive into each of the subject areas discussed by our morning panel. We will also offer two skill-building workshops to support organizations, coalitions, and even individuals in their efforts to address the social determinants of health:

Hospital Community Benefits: Better Aligning Investments with Community Needs: Enid Eckstein, MS, Massachusetts Communities Action Network Paul Hattis, MD, JD, MPH, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

What are Accountable Care Organizations and Can They Meaningfully Address Social Determinants? Alyssa Vangeli, Esq., MPH, Health Care for All & Maddie Ribble, MPH, Massachusetts Public Health Association

Breaking Down Financing Silos to Address Social Determinants: Innovations and Challenges Jim Hester, PhD, Population Health Systems

Health Data 101: How to Identify and Sift Through Health Equity Data
Sanouri Ursprung, PhD, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Being an Effective Advocate and Mobilizing Others for Change
Andrea Freeman, MS, Massachusetts Public Health Association & Liz Wills-O’Gilvie, Consultant, Chair of Springfield Food Policy Council and of Gardening the Community

Thank you to our Sponsors so far!

Pioneer Sponsors:JRI_logo_360bphc logo

Mobilizer Sponsors:

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Montachusett Opportunity Council logo


Educator Sponsors:

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Lasell College Department of Health Sciences

Quinsigamond Community College

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Sciences

Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Boston University School of Public Health

Merrimack College

Emerson College

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Clark University

Leader Sponsors:

Worcester State University

Greater Lowell Health Alliance

Thank you to our sustaining Advocate, Bronze and Silver members and partners in public health!

AIDS Action Committee | Association for Behavioral Healthcare
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Fenway Health | Harvard Street Health Center | Health Foundation of Central MA | John Snow, Inc. | Justice Resource Institute | Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
MetroWest Health Foundation | Partners for a Healthier Community | Planned Parenthood League of MA

For more information about MPHA Annual Meeting & Expo, contact MPHA Events Manager, Alexa Piacenza at

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