Frances M. Anthes
Family Health Center of Worcester
Fran Anthes’ commitment to public health and education is rooted in her belief in social justice and patient empowerment, and has spanned her entire career. Born in Cranford, New Jersey, Fran graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA in 1973. She taught for two years at the Worcester New School, a “Model Cities”-funded parent cooperative alternative grammar school, and then worked for five years as an advisor at Worcester Dynamy and associate director of the Dynamy-Clark Urban Institute. Early in her career, she recognized the impact of health on children’s academic performance. From that time, she’s made supporting health within the community, particularly for at-risk populations, a priority.
Fran served as the founding program director of the Access Teen Pregnancy Program and developed the Access Futures Program, an educational program for teen mothers, at Health Awareness Services from 1980-1991. She served on the statewide Department of Public Health Infant Mortality Task Force which led to the development and initiation of the Commonwealth’s “Healthy Start” program of medical coverage for all pregnant women. She completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Connecticut and then served as an instructor and lecturer on the UConn School of Social Work faculty. Frances joined Family Health Center of Worcester in 1991 and was named president and CEO in 1997. She oversees the nonprofit health center which has a staff of more than 300. Under her leadership, the creative staff at Family Health Center of Worcester expanded its long term commitment to medical education for family medical residents in partnership with UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Healthcare with the development of additional residency programs in oral health and a pioneering program for nurse practitioners.
Fran is the immediate past Chair of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and is a member of the Worcester Infant Mortality Task Force. She has served on the Central Mass Oral Health Initiative, the Board and Committees of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Community Health Centers. Fran received the Katherine F. Erskine Award in 1998, the Assumption Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the UMass Medical General Physician Outstanding Administrator in Primary Care Award in 1999. In 2009, the Worcester Business Journal recognized her with the First Annual Women in Business Award.
Elena T. Carbone
DrPH, RD, LDN
Dr. Elena Carbone is an associate professor and graduate program director of nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In June 2012, she became the first director of Community Engaged Research at Commonwealth Honors College. She completed her doctorate in health behavior/health education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to that, she served for six years as nutrition education advisor with the Office of the Assistant Surgeon General in Washington, DC. She also worked for several years as a clinical dietitian at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a Licensed/Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Science degree in nutrition communications from Boston University. She completed a dietetic internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Her research focuses on child and adult nutrition education, health communication, and health literacy among low-income multicultural audiences to better understand how people attend to and process health information related to obesity, diabetes management, cancer prevention, and food safety.
Suzanne Cashman, ScD
Formally trained in health services research, evaluation and administration, Suzanne Cashman has spent the thirty-five years of her professional career teaching graduate courses in public health, conducting community-based evaluation research, and developing partnerships aimed at helping communities improve their health status. Currently, Dr. Cashman has leadership responsibilities for developing the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s community health agenda as well as administrative/teaching responsibilities in the school’s preventive medicine residency. In addition, she carries out community-based evaluation research, provides evaluation technical assistance to the Area Health Education Center, and works with other faculty to advance the use of service-learning as a pedagogical approach. She co-chairs UMMS’s Community Engagement Committee and has been instrumental in developing Worcester’s Healthy Communities Initiative. Dr. Cashman has additional skills related to developing and implementing community-oriented primary care (COPC) as well as teaching skills needed for interprofessional teamwork. She has been a core faculty member of the Master’s in Public Health Program.
G. Dean Cleghorn, EdD
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
UMass Medical School
Having come to Massachusetts in 1996, Dean is now Chief of Quality Management & Research at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and the principal investigator for the REACH New England Latino Latino Center of Excellence for Eliminating Disparities. He is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. The central aims of Dr. Cleghorn’s work are to improve health quality and health equity. In pursuit of these aims he is involved in multiple research efforts and building capacity for continual improvement at the Health Center and in the community.
Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dr. Hayman is the Associate Dean for Research and Interim Director, PhD Program in Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She also serves as the Director of Research, GoKids! Boston. Dr. Hayman’s program of research and scholarship focuses on primary prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in children, adolescents and families. Her research, in collaboration with colleagues from several disciplines, has included clinical, school, and population-based studies of bio-behavioral risk factors for CVD. Dr. Hayman’s recent work combines both individual/clinical and community-based approaches to identifying children at risk for obesity and cardiometabolic conditions and theory-based interventions designed to increase physical activity and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Dr. Hayman has served on numerous national and international interdisciplinary advisory and expert panels relevant to primary prevention of obesity and CVD in childhood and adolescence.
Hayman’s passion for overcoming the obesity crisis in children and adolescents has prompted her to formulate her research and community outreach projects around the epidemic focusing primarily on the minority and underserved population in the Dorchester area and Boston Public Schools. Dr. Hayman’s program of research and scholarship focuses on primary prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in children, adolescents and families. Her research, in collaboration with colleagues from several disciplines, has included clinical, school, and population-based studies of bio-behavioral risk factors for CVD. Dr. Hayman’s recent work combines both individual/clinical and community-based approaches to identifying children at risk for obesity and cardiometabolic conditions and theory-based interventions designed to increase physical activity and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Susan Crocker Houde, PhD
Dr. Susan Crocker Houde is the Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She received a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in social policy with a specialty in aging, a MS degree from University of Lowell in gerontological nursing preparing a nurse practitioner, and a B.S. in nursing from Lowell State College. She is certified from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an adult nurse practitioner. Dr. Houde is a gerontological research scholar with the Hartford Institute. She serves as a public policy editor for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, as well as reviews for several professional journals in the area of aging.
She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and has served on the Education Committee of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. She has numerous publications and has presented research findings at national and international meetings. She has edited a book, “Vision Problems in the Older Adult” and co-edited the two editions of the textbook titled “Geropsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing” with Dr. Karen Devereaux Melillo. She is the PI of a recently funded 3 year funded project from HRSA: “DNPs Caring for the Undeserved after Health Care Reform”. Her research interests include caregiving of functionally impaired older adults in the home setting and long-term care issues.
Stephenie C. Lemon, PhD
Dr. Lemon is an epidemiologist whose program of research focuses on public health approaches to understanding and reducing the obesity epidemic. Current funders of her work include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Previous funders include the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and the American Cancer Institute. Dr. Lemon is the Director of the Worcester County Prevention Research Center, which establishes local capacity to conduct community-based participatory research addressing obesity and associated chronic conditions. Dr. Lemon is an active member of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Coalition Advisory Committee and its Survivorship Working Group and the Common Pathways Coalition. She is a core faculty member in the Ph.D. Program in Clinical and Population Health Research.
YWCA of Greater Lawrence
City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force
Vilma Lora has been an employee at the YWCA of Greater Lawrence for the past 18 years. As the Co-Director of Women’s Services, Ms. Lora provides oversight management of the numerous Women’s Services contracts, including the Domestic Violence Program, Sexual Assault & Rape Crisis Program, the Child Advocacy Project, and Women’s Health Advocacy Services. Other responsibilities also include developing, maintaining and expanding cooperative and collaborative relationships with community providers and establishing linkages between the YWCA and city entities and area organizations at local, statewide, regional, and national levels. She serves in various coalitions and committees, including the GLFHC Latino Center of Excellence to Eliminate Disparities: REACH New England, the statewide Refugee and Immigrants Working Group for Jane Doe, Inc., the Lawrence Diabetes Today Coalition, and most recently, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Mass. Yoplait Hispanic/Latina Statewide Advisory Council, and Harvard Lung Cancer Disparities Center’s Advisory Board as a community member representative for various research and CBPR projects funded by the National Institute of Health.
Ms. Lora has been a leader in the Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF) since 2003, where she’s served as executive committee member and has co-chaired its Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Months. Since April of 2010, Ms. Lora has been serving as interim coordinator for the MHTF.
Toni McGuire, RN, MPH
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Antonia (Toni) McGuire, RN, MPH joined Great Brook Valley Health Center as President and CEO in 2008. Having worked either in or with community health centers for over 25 years, Toni is committed to creating access to high quality, comprehensive health care for all people.
Toni received her RN from the Community College of Rhode Island, and her BA degree from Maryville University in St. Louis. While serving as the Health Services Director at the Family Care Health Center in St. Louis, MO, Toni received a United States Public Health Service scholarship and earned her MPH from St. Louis University. Toni then worked for the National Association of Community Health Centers as the Vice President of Clinical Services, and traveled across the United States assisting health centers determine their readiness for managed care. After moving to Massachusetts, she assumed the role of System Director for Health Education and Promotion at Fallon Health Care System. And when asked, Toni assisted in helping to organize the first ever Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center as the Director of Administration and Community Affairs at Boston Medical Center. Among her accomplishments at BMC, she worked with others to establish a Family Practice Residency program embedded in Boston community health centers.
Toni came to Great Brook Valley Health Center from Manet Community Health Center in Quincy, MA where she was Chief Executive Officer. As a result of Toni’s leadership through an intensive strategic planning process, Great Brook Valley Health Center was renamed the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in August, 2010, one year after the death of Senator Kennedy, the legislative ‘godfather’ of the national community health center movement.
Toni currently serves as the First Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MLCHC), is on the Neighborhood Health Plan Advisory Board, and is a Board Member for the Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE). She serves on the Alumni Association Board at the Community College of Rhode Island and works to encourage youth to consider jobs in health professions.
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) recently presented Toni with the 2011 John Gilbert Award, which recognizes longstanding excellence and leadership in community health.
Ira Ockene, MD
Dr. Ockene is a clinically active cardiologist with a particular interest in prevention. He has been continuously NIH funded for over 25 years, with research interests specifically directed at increasing knowledge of methodologies to improve preventive interventions directed at the patient, the provider, and the system. Recognizing that real improvement in population health must take place at the community level, for the last decade he has become increasingly involved in community-based research. He was the principal investigator of the NIDDK-funded Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention Project, a low-cost intervention which demonstrated favorable outcomes in weight, HgbA1C, and insulin resistance in a lower socioeconomic-status Latino community in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and has done considerable work revolving around nutrition, physical activity, and behavior change. In his work in Lawrence, he partnered with Dr. Dean Cleghorn, who is Chief of Quality Management & Research at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and played a central role in the present proposal, and became very aware of the quality of their work and the pioneering nature of their electronic health record system.
Robin A. Robinson is Associate Professor of Sociology and Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Simon Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester School of Law (UK). She earned the PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University, and the PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. Her scholarship and activism consider psychological trauma from social contextual, social policy, and clinical perspectives, as well as cultural phenomena that reflect them, considering psychosocial and feminist theoretical frameworks. Recent work includes an exploratory study of psychological foundations of power and relational violence amongst rural adolescents. Recent publications include her speculative essay: “What would a feminist, psychoanalytic perspective of crime and justice look like?” She is completing a book, “Violations of Girlhood: Voices of Delinquent Girls,” a psychosocial analysis of girls’ traumagenic behaviors and marginalization within social environments. Her work includes interpretations of vicarious traumatization as a product of trauma work, public traumas and individual response to terror, including an ethnographic-mixed methods study of vicarious traumatization amongst anti-violence workers in New York City, and work in Ireland and the UK on matters of vicarious traumatization with frontline workers and managers in domestic violence refuges and support services. Other current research includes a social history of the transportation and transformation of 4000+ convict women and girls shipped from Britain to the American colonies in the 17th and 18th C, sold as unfree plantation, mill, and reproductive labor, and social legacies they created. She is also revisiting John Ruskin’s work related to social and cultural contexts of girlhood, in Britain and beyond, and current policy legacies as they relate to gendered dynamics of virtue and personhood.
Milagros Rosal, PhD
UMass Medical School
Dr. Rosal is Associate Professor in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). She is also a faculty member in the Ph.D. Program in Clinical and Population Health Research, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UMMS, and co-director of the CDC-funded Worcester County Prevention Research Center. She has been a PI or co-led 30+ studies, most federally funded. Trained as a clinical psychologist, her research focuses on culturally and literacy sensitive health behavior change interventions to eliminate disparities. It includes lifestyle interventions targeting dietary and physical activity change for prevention and management of type 2 diabetes and obesity, and interventions to enhance adherence to cancer screening recommendations. Her studies are community-based and have included qualitative methods, clinical trial designs and community-based participatory approaches. Currently, she is PI of two studies of health care utilization among Latinos (CDC - U48 DP001933; and R01 MH085653-01A2), and multi-PI of a study that compares a diabetes management intervention delivered to African Americans via virtual world (Second Life) groups vs. in-person groups (1 RC1LM010412-01). She was PI of a recently completed pilot study that evaluated a translation of the Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Intervention to be appropriate for low-income women enrolled in the Women Infant and Children’s program (WIC). She is also a Co-I of a study that evaluates a brief lifestyle intervention on gestational diabetes prevention among Latinas, and a study of a case management system that targets barriers to diabetes control among Latinos with type 2 diabetes.
Judith L. Steinberg
Judith L. Steinberg is Deputy Chief Medical Officer for UMass Medical School's Commonwealth Medicine division and also serves as Senior Director of Clinical Affairs for the Center for Health Policy and Research. In these roles, she provides oversight to all of Commonwealth Medicine's clinically focused services and programs and focuses on enterprise-wide quality improvement. She also helps to develop linkages with academic departments of the Medical School to foster collaborative initiatives.
Dr. Steinberg leads the UMass Medical School team that is supporting the implementation of the statewide, multi-payer Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative in Massachusetts. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in UMass Medical School's Department of Medicine and Department of Family Medicine & Community Health.
Before joining Commonwealth Medicine in 2008, Dr. Steinberg served as the Medical Director of Neponset Health Center in Boston. Prior to that, she was the HIV Program Director at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. She was an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center, as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She continues to practice medicine at Neponset Health Center and at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
Dr. Steinberg is a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers, serving as Vice-Chair of its Clinical Practice and Program Committee and as a member of its HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Committee. She serves on several committees and boards in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, focusing on quality improvement, primary care service delivery, payment reform, public health, and global health.
Dr. Steinberg received her medical degree from the University of Texas at Dallas Southwestern Medical School and completed an infectious disease fellowship at Beth Israel/Brigham and Women's hospitals in Boston. In 2007–2008, she was a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy. She holds a master's degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in biology from the State University of New York.
Lawrence Council on Aging
Martha Velez has been an employee of the City of Lawrence for the past 21 years and a lifetime resident of Lawrence. As the Director she provides oversight management of the numerous elder programs. She is a passionate member of the community who has a unique ability to bring people together to achieve common goals. She models the “La Familia” culture at the Senior Center. Thanks to her visionary leadership, the Lawrence Council on Aging/Senior Center provides a range of services and programs for adults of all ages, including health and social services, educational activities, nutritious meals, exercise programs, legal and housing services; providing not only access to resources but also aiming to decrease isolation and fostering a sense of community belonging.
Additional responsibilities include developing, maintaining and expanding cooperative and collaborative relationships with community providers and establishing linkages between the Council on Aging and area organizations at local, statewide, regional, and national levels. She serves in various coalitions and committees, including the GLFHC Latino Center of Excellence to Eliminate Disparities: REACH New England, City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force Executive Committee, American Diabetes Association National Latino Subcommittee, Merrimack Valley Community Service Core, Lawrence Diabetes Today Coalition, She was one of the leaders to develop the well-known “Winning with Diabetes” program at the Lawrence Senior Center. Co-Chair Men’s and Women’s Health Working Group, and is on the Advisory Board as a community member representative for research and CBPR projects funded by the U-Mass Worcester.
Linda Weinreb, MD
UMass Medical School
Linda Weinreb, M.D. is Vice Chair and Professor, in the Department Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School. A family physician, Dr. Weinreb is a nationally recognized expert on the health and support needs of homeless families. For more than 20 years, Dr. Weinreb has provided direction to the Worcester-based Family Health Center’s (FHC) Homeless Families Program (HFP), which takes advantage of the health care setting to provide trauma-informed, integrated health, mental health, and support services to the community’s homeless families. Under her leadership, the HFP has developed into a nationally recognized model for addressing the comprehensive needs of homeless families and one that been recognized by the Surgeon General and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration for its innovative service approaches. Prior to her work in Worcester, Dr. Weinreb served as Medical Director of the San Francisco-based St Anthony Foundation Medical Clinic, also recognized for its model service approach for homeless adults and families, by the Institute of Medicine.
In addition to her extensive program development expertise and continuing clinical care of homeless and at risk families, Dr. Weinreb is also a nationally known researcher with extensive experience conducting epidemiologic and intervention studies with homeless and low income families and other vulnerable populations. She has published extensively on the health needs of, and interventions for, homeless women and children. For over 20 years, she has partnered with the Worcester community, as well as community and health care partners in other Massachusetts communities, New York and Boston, in the conduct of multiple research studies. She recently completed a study to better understand factors associated with time to exit from homelessness for homeless families. Dr. Weinreb also has particular expertise in developing integrated behavioral health and primary care interventions for low income adults and families. Currently, Dr. Weinreb is Principal Investigator of two NIH funded intervention studies - one focused on integrating alcohol identification and management services in primary care for homeless women and the other focused on management of depression in primary care for homeless mothers.