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FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Health Foundation presented its Deborah Blumer Community Health Leadership Award to Anne Pelletier Parker of Framingham.

Pelletier Parker serves as the Senior Vice President of Health Systems Integration at Advocates, Inc. and is also the Executive Director of Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest LLC, a partnership among Advocates and three sister organizations—SMOC, Spectrum Health Systems, and Wayside Youth and Family Support Network—to create better access to combined continuums of care and partner more effectively with local health systems and payers.

As the leader of the Behavioral Health Partnership, Anne led the effort to implement the foundation funded MetroWest Care Connection, a community health hub improving access to and supporting residents as they seek a host of health and social services. In a short period of time the Care Connection hub has become the “go to” place bringing community agencies, police, public health, and others together every week to collectively coordinate care for those needing assistance. Its network of providers, community members, and municipal employees are working to assess gaps in services, identify underserved populations and individuals in greatest need, establish systems to support people across organizations, and coordinate care.

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Foundation President Martin Cohen said, “Anne’s is deserving of this honor for her leadership and commitment to seeing how cross-agency collaboration and
communication can truly improve service delivery across the region.”

The Deborah Blumer Community Health Leadership Award is named for the late State Representative Deborah Blumer who served as the founding chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees.

The MetroWest Health Foundation is a catalyst for a healthy MetroWest, providing more than $6 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 $77 million in financial support that helps residents and their families lead healthier lives. Information about the foundation can be found at

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