Our dedicated team at the Community Center for Health Improvement works hand-in-hand with community leaders and the Massachusetts General Hospital health centers.
We bring diverse expertise from a wide range of disciplines, including public health, coalition building, communications, program evaluation and youth programming.
Joan Quinlan, MPA, is the Vice President for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has also led the Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) since 1995. In her current capacity, Ms. Quinlan leads the hospital’s efforts to fully integrate community health into all of its missions including patient care, teaching and research, and to engage with local underserved communities to address challenging community-identified public health problems. She is the hospital co-lead for the Substance Use Disorders Initiative, the leading clinical initiative of Mass General’s most recent strategic plan. The need for this initiative, which focuses on the opioid epidemic, was identified through the Community Health Needs Assessment, conducted by CCHI and now required by the Affordable Care Act. Under Ms. Quinlan’s leadership, Mass General won the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2011 and the Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service from the American Hospital Association in 2015.
From 1990 to 1995, she was the administrative director for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. She has also been the advisor on woman’s issues to Governor Michael Dukakis and the executive director of 9to5, the Organization for Women’s Office Workers. She is a graduate of Boston College and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she received a master’s of public administration.
Leslie Aldrich is Executive Director for 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 American 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 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 Senior Director of Boston Partnerships, Equity & Inclusion 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.
Jennifer Kelly is the Director of Healthy Chelsea. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience working in the mental health and substance use disorder fields. With a passion for those most in need, Jen has driven the work of the Coalition toward greater impact. Under her leadership, the number of community partners has grown, and the Coalition now collaborates with other communities across the region.
Healthy Chelsea has received the SAMHSA Drug Free Communities Grant, a competitive grant which supports community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance misuse among youth. Healthy Chelsea was also a recipient of a grant aimed at reducing the impact of trauma on the city’s residents. Prior to coming to Chelsea, Jennifer worked at the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (now the Charlestown Coalition), which is also supported by CCHI. She then moved on to direct the Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition in the town where she grew up. While in Melrose Jen obtained Drug Free Communities grant funding, and various youth prevention programs, often designed and delivered by youth themselves, were implemented. She was also instrumental in developing programs and interventions for new mothers and babies addicted to substances.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and her Masters in Social Work from Salem State College. Jen enjoys the outdoors, and, after moving from the green mountains of Vermont, she has found her way to the ocean, where she enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding near her home in Gloucester.
Danelle Marable is the Senior Director of Evaluation, Assessments & Coalitions 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.
Winifred Tobin is the Communications Director for CCHI. In that role, she balances high-level strategic thinking with the identification and implementation of actionable steps to achieve the Center’s communications goals. An accomplished writer, editor and content developer, Winnie is responsible for driving external and internal communications across a wide variety of platforms and channels, including digital and print, media outreach, websites and social media. She is passionate about community engagement and empowerment in pursuit of safer, equitable healthcare and is driven by the desire to serve those who are marginalized and underrepresented. This spark was ignited during her years at a nationally recognized patient-driven non-profit dedicated to providing a stronger voice for patients and their families. Winnie has presented at conferences and workshops and participated on a number of statewide task forces around the emotional impact of adverse events on patients, families and clinicians. She received a BSBA from Suffolk University.
Working with our community and hospital partners, the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) brings together people and resources to address challenging health problems and foster sustainable improvement.