Guest blogger Toby Fisher

MPHA logo for WebOn June 7, health officials and community leaders from across the Commonwealth will gather at the Massachusetts Public Health Association’s (MPHA) 11th Annual Spring Awards Breakfast to honor four inspiring leaders who embody the spirit of public health.  They remind us that public health is everywhere: in community health centers and hospitals, in social justice movements, in government and academia, and in workplaces around the Commonwealth.

barbara_ferrer_03_LQWe are proud to present Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Boston Public Health Commission, with the Paul Revere Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership and inspired pursuit of health equity and social justice for the residents of Boston and beyond. Through her commitment to change, Dr. Ferrer has established herself as a remarkable leader in the field of public health. Her innovative approach to public health and unwavering dedication to protecting the health of Boston’s most vulnerable residents has changed the way we view public health departments in Massachusetts.

Join us in celebrating the achievements of Dr. Ferrer on Friday, June 7from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at The State Room in Boston. Mayor Thomas Menino will be on hand to present Dr. Ferrer with the award.

Click here to register and learn more about the event. If you have any questions, please contact Kara Keenan at (857) 263-7072 x113 or

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is a private, non-profit, statewide membership organization that promotes a healthy Massachusetts through advocacy, public education, community organizing, and coalition-building.  Our focus is on policies and programs to prevent illness, disease, and injury, particularly to promote health equity among all communities. To achieve our goals, we strengthen the voice and power of public health by engaging new constituencies, broadening understanding of public health, and developing grassroots local leadership in order to promote good public health policy. Click here to learn more about MPHA .

Toby Fisher is the executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association.