Our dedicated team works hand-in-hand with community leaders and the Mass General health centers and brings diverse expertise from a wide range of disciplines--including medicine, communications, coalition building, program evaulation and youth programming.
Joan Quinlan is the Executive Director of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI). Prior to joining MGH in 1995, Joan was the administrative director of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (1990-1995) and the Advisor on Women’s Issues to Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis (1983-1987), where she worked on issues of concern to low-income women, such as child care and teen pregnancy. She holds a BA in English literature from Boston College, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Leslie Aldrich is Associate Director for the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College. Ms. Aldrich started at the Center in 1999 as manager of evaluation and research and then moved on to direct this work in 2006. Since 2009, as Associate Director, Leslie focuses her time working with communities to assess their health needs. She works with communities, hospital, health center and CCHI staff to help prioritize and strategically address identified health concerns. Prior to joining CCHI, Leslie worked at EF Educational Tours in Cambridge, MA, where she worked and traveled with teachers and students promoting educational travel.
Sarah Abernethy Oo has served as the Director of Community Health Improvement at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Chelsea HealthCare Center (MGH Chelsea) since 1995. She leads a team of 45 staff members who implement 18 public health and community health programs and strategies targeting hunger, obesity, cancer, refugee and immigrant health and social services, family violence, navigation and language services, maternal, paternal and child health, and pediatric asthma. Prior to joining MGH Chelsea, Sarah worked as a Health Program Officer for UNICEF in Bangladesh. Sarah holds a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University, and has had extensive experience working with underserved communities both in the United States and overseas.
Kitty Bowman is the Director of Revere CARES, a nationally-recognized Healthy Communities Coalition as well as a CCHI program. Prior to joining MGH in 1997, Kitty was the outreach manager for Joseph Smith Community Health Center (1994-1996) and a Boston School Committee member (1988-92), where she led efforts to adopt the first HIV/AIDS curriculum and establish the first school based-health centers in Boston. She holds a BA in Psychology from Boston State and a Masters in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Christy Egun is the Director of Boston Partnerships for CCHI. She has led the transformation of CCHI’s Boston student initiative over the last three years. She develops and maintains relationships with key constituents including Boston Public School officials/leadership, the Boston Private Industry Council and Mass General leadership. Christy previously worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay driving marketing and volunteer recruitment. Earlier in her career, she was an academic advisor in the University of Minnesota’s Upward Bound Program, helping to direct the academic performance of low-income, first generation, college-bound high school students to post-secondary success. She received her Master’s degree from Emerson College.
Sarah Coughlin, LICSW, is the Director of the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition. She oversees the work of the Coalition to provide prevention programs and to offer treatment resources for individuals with substance use disorders in Charlestown. Sarah previously served as the Coalition's Youth Prevention Director for two years. Prior to joining CSAC, Sarah was the District Based Clinical Social Worker for Youth Connect in Charlestown. Youth Connect is a program of the Boys and Girls Club, in partnership with the Boston Police Department, that provides therapy and clinical case management services to at-risk teenagers and families. Sarah received her Bachelors in Social Work degree from Providence College and her Masters in Social Work degree from Boston College.
Sarah Wakeman, M.D. recently joined CCHI as Medical Director for Substance Use Disorders. Sarah will be working with Joan and the staff to design systems of care that draw on the strengths of the communities served by MGH to care for patients and residents with addictions. Sarah also practices in the Adult Medicine Department of the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. Following her residency at Mass General she served as a chief resident in medicine at MGH. She also completed the Chief Resident Immersion Training in Addiction Medicine through Boston University. Sarah is the author of many peer-reviewed articles on substance use disorders and incarceration.
Danelle Marable is the Director for Evaluation at CCHI, where she applies the techniques of Community-Based Participatory Research tp evaulate community-based programs. Her work is focused on adolescent risk and protective factors, specifically relating to drug use and violence, refugee and immigrant health, maternal, paternal and child health, and healthy eating and active living. Danelle received her B.A in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida and her M.A in Applied Social Research from West Virginia University.
Susan Leahy is the Communication Manager for CCHI and has helped elevate public awareness of the Center's work in Boston, Chelsea and Revere. Prior to joining Mass General, Susan was the Senior Director of Public Relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Science in Public Affairs degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.