Sylvia R. Chiang-Raposo, MD, MPH, Director of the Revere CARES Coalition, was presented with a Latinx Excellence on the Hill award at a ceremony held in the Great Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Chiang-Raposo was nominated by Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.
This inaugural award celebrates Latinx culture, excellence and achievement across the Commonwealth and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. Chiang-Raposo was honored for her work in making the City of Revere a healthier place to live along with thirteen other Latinx leaders being celebrated for their contributions to health, education, public safety and social justice as Massachusetts and the nation commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Speaker DeLeo expressed his district’s pride in honoring Chiang-Raposo, a former practicing physician in her native Honduras and now the director of RevereCARES, a community-based coalition supported by Massachusetts General Hospital which “aims to promote active living and healthy choices.” He praised Chiang-Raposo’s tirelessness in helping people access healthy foods, raising awareness of youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and encouraging physical activity.
“The City of Revere is stronger and healthier thanks to her service and her dedication,” the Speaker said.
Upon receiving her award, Chiang-Raposo said, “This award reflects the commitment of our Revere CARES team and our partners in the City of Revere and the critical public health mission that MGH supports here and in other communities. I am privileged and humbled to work with so many dedicated individuals including the coalition of community leaders who make the work possible. Special thanks to Speaker DeLeo—an incredible partner in all that we do.”
“We are so proud of Sylvia and all that she has accomplished in Revere,” said Joan Quinlan, vice president of Community Health for Massachusetts General Hospital. “The work Sylvia leads in Revere is all about empowering the community to address issues that affect health, and she does it so effectively. Revere CARES has a strong track record in preventing teen substance use and increasing healthy eating/active living. Today, the coalition is working to build social capital and connectedness in the broader community which, evidence suggests, keeps communities and individuals healthier.”
Quinlan added, “We not only celebrate Sylvia Chiang-Raposo during this important month, but we honor our staff members, community partners and residents of Latinx heritage whose daily contributions move the work forward and improve health and wellbeing for all.”
Winifred N. Tobin
Communications Director, Mass General CCHI