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MPHA’s 21st Annual Spring Awards Breakfast is coming soon! We hope you can join us on June 2, 2023, from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter to celebrate the critical work of public health and four health equity champions who work to advance equity every day. We cannot wait to bring together our public health and healthcare communities and honor the passion and integrity of our award winners!

MPHA’s highest honor, the Paul Revere Award, will be given to  Kevin Cranston, Assistant Commissioner and Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding impact on public health in the Commonwealth. 

The Local Public Health Leadership Award will be given to Dr. Matilde Castiel, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for the City of Worcester. This award is presented to an individual that has worked directly in municipal local public health and contributed their efforts to a more equitable, efficient, and effective local public health system. 

The Lemuel Shattuck Award will go to Adrienne (Andy) Epstein, RN, a member of the Brookline Advisory Council on Public Health and longtime public health activist. This award is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the field of public health.  

The Emerging Leader/Alfred Frechette Award will be given to Tiana Davis, Deputy Public Health Commissioner for the City of Springfield.  This award is presented to anyone under the age of 40 that has developed an innovative, unique, and original program and shows leadership and promise in public health or a related field in Massachusetts. Individuals in this category are “rising stars”. 

The Spring Awards Breakfast is an opportunity for the healthcare and public health communities to come together and celebrate the passion, integrity, and commitment of our colleagues. It provides both inspiration for the future and recognition of the critical work that is being done across this Commonwealth every day. 

You can help honor the awardees by sponsoring the event, placing an advertisement in the program, or purchasing a ticket. Early bird ticket discounts are available to both members and nonmembers through April 24, 2023!  Early bird tickets are $150 for current members and $200 for non-members. After that time, ticket prices will increase to $200 for current members and $250 for non-members.

If you have questions about your current membership status, please email Veronica Cañas at vcanas@mapublichealth.org.  If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please email Ana Hidalgo at ahidalgo@mapublichealth.org.

Recent Events

With more than 400 attendees, MPHA’s 2022 Annual Conference & Meeting – Rooted in Community: Building Equity-Driven Policies – was a tremendous success. The event featured a keynote address by Dr. Lauren Smith, Chief Health Equity and Strategy Officer for the CDC Foundation, who discussed the importance of data collection as a means of measuring health inequities and developing effective strategies to address them. Other highlights included an inspiring video conversation with State Senator Liz Miranda, who shared her thoughts on public health and environmental justice, and a session run by MPHA Deputy Director Oami Amarasingham and Board Member and Boston University School of Public Health Associate Dean Dr. Craig Andrade on how MPHA works to implement our Health Equity Policy Framework. Finally, MPHA Staff and Policy Council Members unveiled our 2023-2024 Policy Agenda!

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Presenting Sponsor


Boston University School of Public Health

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center

Health Leads

Massachusetts Councils on Aging

Massachusetts Nurses Association


Greater Lowell Health Alliance


Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Public Health Programs

Quinsigamond Community College

University of Massachusetts Lowell- Department of Public Health

Community Supporters

Geoffrey Wilkinson

2022 Spring Awards Breakfast

MPHA held our 20th Annual Spring Awards Breakfast on June 3, 2022 in Boston. Mayor Michelle Wu and Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Dr. Bisola Ojikutu provided the keynote remarks and received a special MPHA award, the Catalyst for Justice Award. Together, Mayor Wu and Dr. Ojikutu have championed transparency, reliance on clear data benchmarks, and a commitment to health equity in the city’s response to COVID-19.  They have also focused on achieving more equitable health outcomes by working to improve the social conditions in which Boston residents live, including access to healthy food and stable affordable housing.

MPHA’s highest honor, the Paul Revere Award for Lifetime Achievement, was given to to Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, in recognition of his outstanding impact on public health in the Commonwealth. Dr. Jha is a physician, health policy researcher, and a global expert on pandemic preparedness and response as well as on health policy research and practice. He served as the Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health until appointed by President Biden as the national Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response.  

We presented the first-ever Local Public Health Leadership Award to Phoebe Walker, Director of Community Services at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG). In addition to her dedication to addressing the public health needs of the communities she serves, Ms. Walker has played a leadership role in the multiyear statewide advocacy effort to reform Massachusetts’ inefficient and inequitable local public health system. 

The Lemuel Shattuck Award was presented to Chien-Chi Huang, Executive Director of Asian Women for Health, a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellbeing. In addition to founding Asian Women for Health, Ms. Huang has been a persistent advocate for the collection, analysis, and reporting of race and ethnicity data for Asian Americans, because without such data, health inequities among different Asian populations will never be visible nor effectively addressed. 

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Alosa Health

American Heart Association

Association for Behavioral Healthcare

Baystate Health

Beacon Health Options/Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership

Beth Israel Lahey Health

The Boston Foundation

Boston Medical Center

Cambridge Health Alliance

Dana-Farber Cancer Insitute

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University of Massachusetts Medical School

Fenway Health

Lachlan Forrow

Liberty Mutual Insurance


Greater New Bedford Community Health Center

Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Health Resources in Action

Home Health Foundation

John Snow, Inc.

Justice Resource Institute

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Tufts University School of Medicine, Public Health Program


Boston Healthcare for the Homeless

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Health Equity Partnership of North Central Mass Inc. (CHNA9)

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association

Massachusetts Medical Society

Massachusetts Nurses Association

Neil Maniar & Ami Bhatt

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine



Alfred DeMaria Jr.

Cynthia A. Tschampl

Ralph Fuccillo

Deborah & Paul Walker

Massachusetts Association of Health Boards

Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Organizational Members

Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs

American Heart/American Stroke Association

Association for Behavioral Healthcare

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Boston Children’s Hospital

Brookline Public Health Department

Casa Myrna

Citizens for Juvenile Justice

City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force

Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals

Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

DOVE, Inc.

Fenway Health

Greater Lowell Health Alliance

Groundwork Lawrence

Harvard Catalyst

Health Equity Partnership of North Central Mass, Inc. (CHNA 9)

Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Health Resources in Action

Heywood Hospital

John Snow, Inc.

Justice Resource Institute

Lowell Health & Human Services

Mass Peace Action

Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Massachusetts Association of Health Boards

Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery

Massachusetts School Nurse Organization

Metrowest Health Foundation


Needham Board of Health

New Bedford Health Department

Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Project Bread

Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts

Revere on the Move

Tufts University School of Medicine

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Science

Women’s Lunch Place

Worcester Division of Public Health

Past Events

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