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Spring Awards Breakfast 2023

MPHA’s 21st Annual Spring Awards Breakfast was held on June 2, 2023, 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. It was an inspiring moment that brought together our public health and healthcare communities in honoring the passion and integrity of our award winners!

MPHA’s highest honor, the  Paul Revere Award, was 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 was 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 was presented 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 was presented 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. 

We are so grateful to all of our supporters for attending this event! We could not have had this celebration of public health without you.

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MPHA’s 2022 Annual Conference

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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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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MPHA’s 2021 Annual Conference

MPHA’s virtual Annual Conference & Meeting: Creating Health Equity by Building Community Power was attended by nearly 450 people on November 16, 2021. Our keynote speaker was Xavier Morales, Executive Director of the Praxis Project. Our featured panel, Power Building on the Ground, included staff members from Human Impact Partners and Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE). A workshop for students, The Power of Student Activism, featured faculty and alumni from Northeastern University and Boston University.

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MPHA’s 2021 Spring Awards Breakfast

MPHA’s 19th annual Spring Awards Breakfast on June 4, 2021 was a virtual event for nearly 300 participants.  The 2021 Paul Revere Award went to Michael Curry, Esq., and the Community Leadership Award went to Martha Velez. Additionally, MPHA paid tribute to all local public health professionals across the state for their tireless work and great personal sacrifices throughout the COVI-19 pandemic to keep our communities safe.

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MPHA’s 2020 Annual Conference

MPHA’s Annual Conference on December 8th with special guest MA Attorney General Maura Healey was an inspiring, educational event with our local public health partners and over 600 virtual attendees.

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MPHA’s 2020 Virtual Breakfast

MPHA was joined by public health luminary Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones to present her with MPHA’s Paul Revere Award at our Virtual Breakfast on September 18th. Dr. Jones’ unwavering commitment to eradicate health inequities and structural racism inspires MPHA’s work every day.

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MPHA’s 2019 Annual Conference

MPHA was pleased to be joined by Ronnie Galvin, Vice President for Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy at the Democracy Collaborative, as the keynote speaker at our Annual Conference & Expo on November 13, 2019! Ronnie has committed his life’s work to community building, community organizing, and social change. His current work focuses on fostering racial equity, building community wealth, and creating a new economic system anchored in democratic ownership.

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MPHA’s 2019 Spring Awards Breakfast

MPHA was proud to honor Senator Harriette L. Chandler, First Worcester District with our Paul Revere Award, Thea James, MD, Boston Medical Center with our Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award, Raheem Baraka Baraka Community Wellness Center with our Lemuel Shattuck Award, Nate Horwitz-Willis, DrPH, MPH, MPA Plymouth Public Health Department with our Alfred Frechette Award.

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MPHA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo: Environmental Justice & Health Justice – Action for Healthy Neighborhoods

Thank you to everyone that joined us on November 15 at the DCU Center in Worcester for an energizing conference! MPHA was honored to be joined by Former U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for an insightful keynote on environmental justice, followed by a responsive panel of local activists: Dr. Matilde Castiel
MD, Worcester Health & Human Services, and Dr. Madeleine L. Scammell, DSc, Boston University School of Public Health, moderated by Cate Mingoya, Groundwork USA.

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MPHA’s 2018 Spring Awards Breakfast

MPHA was proud to honor Ralph Fuccillo, MA, Cambridge Concord Associates with our Paul Revere Award, Cheryl Bartlett, Greater New Bedford Community Health Center with our Lemuel Shattuck Awards, Alden Matthew Landry, MD, MPH, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Tour for Diversity in Medicine with our Alfred Frechette Aware, and The Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley with our Community Leadership Award (Accepted by Director Waleska Lugo-DeJesús, MPA, pictured above)

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MPHA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo: Can Health Care Treat Inequity? 

MPHA’s 2017 Annual Conference focused on organizing for a health care system that tackles the social determinants of health. We were honored to by joined by a panel of experts on health care and the social determinants: Dr. Thea James, Boston Medical Center; James Hester, PhD, Population Health Systems and Former Director of Vermont Health Care Reform Commission; 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. This insightful panel was moderated by Nancy E. Norman, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Integration for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership

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MPHA 15th Annual Spring Awards Breakfast: Honoring Health Equity Champions
June 2, 2017

Over 350 friends and partners joined us on Friday, June 2nd to celebrate the inspirational achievements of our 2017 Health Equity Champions: Deborah Klein Walker, Shani Dowd, Jen Slonaker, Matt Sadof, and Megan Sandel. The morning was a powerful reminder of the significance of partnership to achieve impactful programs and policies, which uphold racial justice and move the dial to advance health equity for all people.