Nominations due November 20, 2017!

The BACH Healthy Community Leadership Award has been designed to highlight and honor Bostonians who are either immigrants, persons of color, or from an underrepresented group who have taken a leadership role in a community based coalition or organization, to help improve the health of the community and address racial and ethnic health inequities in Boston.

BACH has identified five strategic issues:

  • achieving racial and ethnic health equity;
  • improving coordination and integration of healthcare and community-based prevention activities and services;
  • building and increasing resilience in communities impacted by trauma;
  • improving health outcomes by focusing on education, employment, and transportation policies and practices; and
  • increasing the number of immigrants, people of color, and other underrepresented residents in meaningful leadership roles and decision-making processes.

The selection committee, comprised of members of the BACH Steering Committee, will make every attempt to make one award connected to work in each of the five strategic priority areas and from different neighborhoods. Nominees can be of any age and we are interested in getting nominations of youth leaders also.

Nominees should work, either as a paid employee or a volunteer with a community-based coalition or organization, be an immigrant, person of color, or from another underrepresented group and have made a significant contribution to the health of one of these groups. Current members of the BACH Steering Committee and BACH staff are not eligible for these awards.

Awardees will be announced by December 1, 2017 and the awards will be presented at the BACH Annual Meeting on the evening of Tuesday, December 12 at the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square, Roxbury.

For more information, contact Jamiah Tappin at Nominations due November 20, 2017.

Past awardees:


  • Raheem Baraka, Baraka Community Wellness
  • Michelle Cook, Roxbury Rides & Let’s Get Healthy, Boston!
  • Edna de Paula, Healthy Community Champion & Allston-Brighton CDC
  • Lisa Melara, Healthy Community Champion & Union Capital Boston
  • EJ Slater, The Charlestown Coalition


  • Amal Anwar, The 84
  • Carol Miranda, Smart from the Start
  • Shavel’le Olivier, Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition
  • Reginauld Williams, Press Pass TV
  • Corey Yarbrough, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition

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