Congratulations to this year’s awardees and thank you to the many sponsors and donors who helped us raise nearly $90,000!
Michael Curry, Esq., CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, received MPHA’s Paul Revere Award for his unwavering leadership and commitment to reducing health inequities in our Commonwealth. Special guest Leon W. Russell, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, presented the award to Mr. Curry.
Martha Velez, Director of Human Services for the City of Lawrence, MA, received MPHA’s Community Leadership Award for her inspirational and outstanding service to residents of Lawrence and surrounding communities, both during the COVID-19 epidemic and following the Columbia Gas explosions in 2018. Special guest Kendrys Vasquez, Mayor of Lawrence, presented the award to Ms. Velez.
We also paid tribute to the thousands of local public health professionals and volunteers in Massachusetts who worked heroically throughout the pandemic to keep our communities safe. State Senator Joanne Comerford and State Representative Hannah Kane presented a joint resolution from the Legislature honoring local public health workers for their tireless efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. MPHA unveiled “A Tribute to Local Public Health,” a 5-minute video recognizing the work of local public health workers during the pandemic and announced a new award that will be given in future years to recognize the work of an outstanding local public health professional in Massachusetts.
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