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FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Health Foundation presented its Community Health
Leadership Awards at its virtual annual meeting held this week.

Natick resident Guimel DeCarvalho received the Edna Smith Health Equity Award.

DeCarvalho is the Vice President of People and Culture, and Chief Diversity officer at Wayside Youth & Family Support Network in Framingham.

DeCarvalho has propelled Wayside to be a leading organization in advancing equity in the region. Not only has she excelled in increasing the number of managers of color at Wayside, but she has also worked to shift the culture of the organization by adopting Courageous Conversations and other anti-racist programs that focus on implicit bias and discrimination in the workplace.

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Guimel was also instrumental in starting the Wayside Equity Training Center, bringing the skills and tactics she honed at Wayside to other health and social service organizations across the region.

Guimel is also a leader in her hometown having served as a founding member of Natick is United, a group dedicated to fighting discrimination by bringing the community together through conversation, advocacy and celebration.

The Edna Smith Health Equity Award is named for the foundation’s founding trustee Edna Smith who led the Foundation’s focus on advancing health equity as a key strategy to truly impact community health.

The MetroWest Health Foundation is a catalyst for a healthy MetroWest, providing more than $5 million in annual financial support for preventative and responsive health programs that have a positive impact on the health of the 25 communities in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts. To date, the foundation has provided more than $70 million in financial support that helps residents and their families lead healthier lives.

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