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MetroWest Health Foundation selects 10 local health professionals for 2013 Health Leaders Program

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 31, 2012 01:59 PM

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The MetroWest Health Foundation has selected 10 community health professionals to participate in the 2013 class of the Health Leaders Program.

Established in 2005, the Health Leadership Program aims to strengthen and improve leadership within health and social service organizations that are located in, or provide services to, the MetroWest region. The foundation hopes by grooming emerging and established leaders through training and networking, it can strengthen area organizations and ultimately, the community.

“We welcome this year’s class of seasoned professionals who are working in the areas of children’s mental health, domestic violence and access to health services for vulnerable adults,” said Rebecca Donham, a senior program officer at the foundation. “They bring significant experience and dedication to improving the health of MetroWest residents.”

Members of the Class of 2013 Health Leadership Program include:

  • Alexandra DePalo - Program director, health promotion and disease prevention, Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center.
  • Wendy Doremus - School and community health nurse consultant, Worcester Public Schools.
  • Kenia Franjul - Clincial coordinator, Assabet Valley Collaborative’s Family Success Partnership.
  • Robin Gordon - Program coordinator, prevention and screening, JRI Health’s Program RISE.
  • Mary Gianakis - Component director, South Middlesex Opportunity Council’s Voices Against Violence.
  • Rebecca Harrington - Guidance counselor, Framingham Public Schools.
  • Jennifer Pontillo - Clinical care coordinator, Framingham Public Schools.
  • Susan Rowlett - Manager of care consultant and clinical education, Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Penny Russell - Director of day services, Wayside Youth and Family Support Network.
  • Gregory Tutuny - Executive director, Natick Service Council

The monthly program, which is in its eighth year, runs from January to June. Leaders gather at the foundation’s office to learn about topics such as cultural competency, data for decision-making, strategic thinking, coalition building, negotiation and communication strategies. At the end of the program, leaders make a group presentation to the foundation’s board of trustees.

This year’s speakers include John McDonough, a professor of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, and former executive director of Health Care for All where he was instrumental in the passage of the Massachusetts 2006 health care reform law.

The MetroWest Health Foundation seeks to help support and create a healthy MetroWest, providing more than $4 million in annual financial support for preventative and responsive health programs. To date, the foundation has provided over $30 million in financial support that helps residents and their families lead healthier lives.

For more information about the foundation, visit the organization's website.

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