Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center To Honor Framingham Health Director Wong

FRAMINGHAM – The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center will be presenting its 2019 Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Awards to: Samuel Wong, PhD, Director of Public Health in the City of Framingham, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank, will be the keynote speaker.

Wong is a passionate public health practitioner; he is currently the Director of Public Health for the City of Framingham and the President of the Massachusetts Health Officers Association.

Wong is a scholar with the Northeast Public Health Leadership Institute and earned his graduate degrees from the University of Rhode Island. He is a gubernatorial appointed Council Member for both the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Massachusetts Food Policy Council and serves on many statewide committees including the Special Commission on Local & Regional Health, Community Advisory Board of Harvard Catalyst, and Massachusetts Cancer Research Roundtable.

Prior to these roles, Wong served as the Director of Public & Community Health Services for the Town of Hudson, the Chair of the MetroWest Prevention & Wellness Partnership, and on the West Boylston Board of Health.

Wong has been recognized a number of times through the years for his work in public health. He has been the recipient of a number of state and regional awards, including the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leadership Award from the MetroWest Health Foundation and the John D. Crowley Award from the Massachusetts Health Officers Associations.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a valuable partner to Kennedy CHC.

MCPHS University’s commitment to educate future healthcare leaders is apparent through their focus on healthcare and broad portfolio of undergraduate and graduate healthcare programs. MCPHS University provides students with an innovative, interprofessional collaborative education that better prepares them for the integrative team-based models of today’s healthcare system.

Accepting the award on behalf of MCPHS University will be Charles F. Monahan, Jr., MCPHS University President and a 1962 graduate of the University with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. He became the fifth president of MCPHS University in 1997 after 35 years as a practicing pharmacist and successful business man.

Prior to being appointed President, Monahan served as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees for eighteen years, six of which he spent as the Chair of the Board.

A 37-year community banker who started his career as a teller, Rivers is Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank and the largest independent community bank headquartered in Massachusetts with $11 billion in assets and over 120 locations. He is also Chair of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and The Dimock Center.

Rivers is involved extensively in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Jobs for Mass, and The Lowell Plan. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stonehill College, the Board of Corporators of Lowell General Hospital, the
Advisory Boards of the Lawrence Partnership and JFK Library Foundation, and is a member of the City of Boston’s Women’s Workforce Council, in addition to providing support and guidance to numerous other non-profit organizations.

Named after the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, River’s passion for advocating for social justice causes and sustainability issues is the result of a personal and professional journey that began early in his life. Bob has been recognized by many organizations for his work in championing
diversity and social justice, including The Boston Globe, The Partnership, Get Konnected!, Color Magazine, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), El Planeta, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, The Theater Offensive, and


The mission of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) is to “help people live healthier lives.” We believe that everyone has a right to accessible, high quality, comprehensive, integrated and compassionate health care. As a community health center, Kennedy CHC has always provided comprehensive care to its patients, who are at disparate risk for chronic disease and poor health outcomes.

The Vision is to be a constantly growing,
financially sound, Federally Qualified Community Health Center that:
 Efficiently delivers high quality, accessible primary care service.
 Becomes the health care home and provider choice of all our patients.
 Achieves excellence in outcomes with our patients as partners.
 Remains at the forefront in innovative health care practices.

Founded in a Worcester housing project in 1972, today Kennedy CHC has three medical facilities, three dental sites, two optometry practices and six school-based clinics serving residents of Worcester, Framingham, Clinton, Milford and the surrounding communities of MetroWest and Central Massachusetts.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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