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Barbara Ferrer receives Massachusetts Public Health Association’s highest honor at annual awards breakfast

6/12/2013, 12:54 p.m.
From left to right, Steven Bradley, MPHA Board Chair; Dr. Paula Johnson; Dr. Barbara Ferrer; Toby Fisher, MPHA Executive Director.

BOSTON — Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), was recognized last week by the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) with the organization’s highest honor, the Paul Revere Award. The award was presented during the MPHA’s 11th Annual Awards Breakfast.

“Dr. Ferrer is a tireless and uniquely-effective public health leader,” said MPHA Executive Director Toby Fisher. “Her leadership, innovation, and creativity serve as a national model for attacking the most challenging health problems of our times.”

The award is a tribute to Ferrer’s leadership in promoting public health and social justice through innovative policies, programs, and partnerships in the city of Boston and across Massachusetts.

In presenting the award, the MPHA cited Ferrer’s work to bring attention to the problem of racial and ethnic health inequities in Boston and leading a comprehensive effort to promote health equity; for heading up innovative initiatives to improve opportunities for healthy eating and active living; for reducing exposure to tobacco; and for addressing violence as a public health problem.

The awards breakfast is the MPHA’s signature event of the year and the largest fundraiser to support the organization’s mission. The breakfast honors visionary individuals and organizations that have made a lasting impact on public health in Massachusetts.

This year’s other award winners were: Andrew Balder, MD, physician, Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center and Medical Director, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award; Steven Fischer, MA, Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Council, Alfred Frechette Award; and Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, LSWA, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers, Lemuel Shattuck Award.