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)
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.
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
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.
MPHA 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo: Moving the Public Health Agenda #NoRacialJusticeNoPublicHealth!
November 16, 2016
Across America, entrenched norms and practices continue to influence social determinants of health like income and wealth, educational, and housing with a disproportionate impact on communities of color. On November 16th, more than 450 public health professionals, activists and students came together for the Massachusetts Public Health Association Annual Meeting to address racism as a key social determinant of health, and eliminate racism and its negative impact on health in the Commonwealth.
Digging Deeper: the Public Health and Criminal Justice Implications of Marijuana Legalization
September 16, 2016
As the state’s leading voice for public health, MPHA hosted a panel discussion in collaboration with the MetroWest Health Foundation with experts who hold vastly different positions on the public health and criminal justice implications of the ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana (Question 4).