By Katinka Podmaniczky

Last week, the Public Health Commission accepted two awards from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: a Commissioner’s Leadership Award and a Community Transformation Award.

The Commissioner’s Leadership Award is for exceptional leadership in promoting institutional change that leads to better community health. The Commission was recognized for its Racial Justice and Health Equity Initiative. One example of this effort in action was that all Commission employees have engaged in workshops about racism, social determinants of health, health inequities, and strategies to advance health equity through our work.

The Community Transformation Award recognizes individuals, organizations, programs or partnerships/coalitions that have demonstrated leadership, innovation, excellence, and success. The Boston Asthma Home Visiting Collaborative received this award for launching an initiative to offer home visits to Boston children with asthma. These visits help families address factors that cause asthma attacks, and reduce the number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

We also congratulate the other 2012 Community Transformation Award recipients: Jeff Harness of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Supporting an Alcohol Ad Free Environment in Massachusetts (SAFE-MA), Darcy Fernandes of the Roosevelt Middle School in New Bedford, the Everett Community Health Partnership, and the Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts; and the other 2012 Commissioner’s Leadership Award recipient, Sue Schlotterbeck of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester.

Watch a 15-minute video of the awards presentation

Katinka is the assistant director of communications.