Kay Walsh

Project Coordinator, South Boston Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative
“I am interested in continuing my work with BACH because I believe in the power of our citizen to strive for health, equality, and resilient lives for themselves and their children.”

For close to 40 years, Kay Walsh has been working in public health. Working directly, for many years, with substance abuse, trauma, organizing communities, and with youth, she has taken a lead role in addressing trauma and substance abuse in South Boston and throughout the City of Boston. Kay is a “grassroots community organizer” tested while working with 16 coalitions for 10 years with Boston Against Drugs.

Kay is a proud first generation Irish, a child of two immigrants, a mother, a grandmother, and a trained therapeutic storyteller. Forever committed to her work, Kay sees the potential spirit of change in “Southie” and the City of Boston for the betterment of future generations. For this reason, Kay works with the South Boston Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative Network, neighborhood coalition SB Fans/Can Advisory Network, & SB SAPC/BACH Trauma Community of Practice, and she joined the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) in 2001.

In an interview, she emphasized the crucial role residents’ play in coalitions, trauma response work, and the prevention of underage drinking. The role of community coalitions, made up of residents and providers, is essential to bring good health care to our city’s residents. Our coalitions value the power of the grassroots resident’s voice in demanding change and in working hard to make it happen. She acknowledges the importance of these people and their tenacious work to improve the quality of life in Boston.

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