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Our dedicated team works hand-in-hand with community leaders and the Massachusetts General Hospital health centers and brings diverse expertise from a wide range of disciplines--including public health, coalition building, communications, program evaluation, and youth programming.
Joan Quinlan is the Vice President for Community Health. She has led the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, and its predecessor, the MGH Community Benefits Department, since 1995. 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 Mass General’s Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI). She started at CCHI in 1999 as Manager of Evaluation and Research, moved to Director in 2006, and became the Associate Director of the Center in 2009. A big picture thinker, Leslie has spent much of the past eight years focused on the development and implementation of CCHI’s strategic direction. A staunch advocate for community engagement and working in partnership with others, she works alongside residents and stakeholders to problem solve and assess health needs, building strong, collaborative relationships with elected officials, community activists, policymakers, hospital and health center leaders. Leslie oversees the work of four community coalitions supported by CCHI, and serves on multiple community and hospital task forces championing a collective approach to addressing the social determinants of health. She is a member of COBTH, a unique collaboration of 13 Boston area teaching hospitals seeking to leverage their collective impact on the communities they serve. Leslie has presented locally and nationally for the America Hospital Association (AHA), Association of Academic Medical Centers (AAMC), Association for Community Health Improvement and the Office of National Drug Control Policy on hospital community partnerships. Leslie received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters.
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.
Sylvia Chiang is the Director of the Revere CARES Coalition. She has led Revere CARES since 2015, and, prior to that, she managed Revere on the Move, the Coalition’s healthy eating/active living initiative. Revere CARES partners with the community to implement strategies aimed at developing permanent policy, systems, and environmental changes that promote healthy behaviors. As its Director, Sylvia oversees all of the Coalition’s work, especially around its two major priorities—substance use prevention and healthy eating/active living. Sylvia holds an MD from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A native of Honduras, she has a special interest in equity and is passionate about social justice.
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.
Ann-Marie Duffy-Keane, MPH, is the Director of MGH Community Health Associates (CHA). She oversees the work CHA does with the MGH Community HealthCare Centers including program development, implementation/management, grant writing, contract management, health education and promotion, as well as advocacy with state and other funding agencies. CHA also manages several programs directly—Living Tobacco Free, Hepatitis C, Access to Resources in Community Health (ARCH), and Stay in Shape. Ann-Marie has more than twenty five years experience in program management and leadership roles in community health centers. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Simmons College and her Master’s in Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health.
Christy Egun is the Director of Boston Partnerships for CCHI. 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.
Danelle Marable is the Director for Evaluation at CCHI, where she applies the techniques of Community-Based Participatory Research to evaluate 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.