Boston Alliance for Community Health

About Us

True health equity is achieved when every person, regardless of their socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other status, has the opportunity to achieve their full health potential and the highest quality of life appropriate for each stage of life.

Steering Committee

BACH is governed by a 21-member Steering Committee whose members are dedicated and experienced community and professional volunteers. They are responsible for guiding BACH through participatory decision making on important strategies and policy advocacy issues that lead to improved health among Boston’s residents. They are advised by the BACH Director and a representative from MDPH.

As of January 2016, Steering Committee Members:

Community Coalitions

Arnesse Brown, South End Healthy Boston Coalition

Sarah Coughlin, Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition

Valerie Frias, Allston Brighton Health Collaborative, Chair

Daryl Goldstone, Codman Square Neighborhood Council

Chien Chi Huang, Healthy Chinatown Alliance

Cynthia Lewis, Mattapan United

Jamiese Martin, Franklin Field/Franklin Hill Dorchester Healthy Boston Coalition

Matt Parker, North Dorchester Coalition

John Riordan, Jamaica Plain Tree of Life/Arbol de Vida

Kay Walsh, South Boston Collaborative Advisory Network

Vivien Morris, Mattapan Food and Fitness

Community-Based Organizations or Residents

Philip Gonzalez, Community Catalyst

Lilly Marcelin, Resilient Sisterhood Project

David Price, Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation

(open seats)


Magnolia Contreras, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

John Erwin, Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals

Health Centers

Jean Bernhardt, MGH Charlestown Health Center

Ryan Ribeiro, Harbor Health Services


Margaret Reid


Damon Chaplin, (non-voting)

BACH Staff

David Aronstein, Program Director (non-voting)

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