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Nomination Letters – Whittier Street Health Center

Julianne Ahern

After graduating with honors from MGH Institute of Health Professions with a Masters of Science in Nursing in 2006, Julianne joined Whittier as a R.N. in the adult and pediatrics department. Upon completion of her nurse practitioner’s program (NP), she served as an NP for several years. Due to her exemplary leadership skills, she was promoted to the position of clinical manager of pediatrics in 2010. Julianne is the first mid-level provider to serve as a clinical department manager at Whittier. As a member of the Whittier organization, Julianne works with her colleagues to provide equitable access to high quality and culturally appropriate healthcare and social services to the underserved communities in Boston.

Whittier’s mission is to provide high-quality, reliable, and accessible primary healthcare and support services to diverse populations to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare and the social disparities confronted by our predominantly minority and low-income patients from 25 different countries. Although Julianne, a nurse practitioner primarily manages pediatrics, she brings members of the community into Whittier to receive care in our Asthma Clinic, Refugee Clinic, Healthy Weight Clinic, and Adolescent Clinic, all of which have benefited tremendously from her contributions. Most recently, NP Ahern has worked on the development and implementation of Centering Parenting. This program is a model of care that allows a small group of new parents to have two-hour sessions with doctors and other new families. Here they receive individual and group care. Although the first official session took place in November 2012, Julianne and our planning committee have worked diligently over the past two years to create this program, which has allowed new parents from diverse backgrounds to find comfort and understanding throughout the first year of their infants’ lives. Julianne has been involved in every crucial step, ultimately leading to its success.

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—Nominated by Adra Darling

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