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Annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration

  • September 29, 2023

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION: “Prioritizing Health: A Prescription for Prosperity, Power and Progress!” with Paul Francisco, SVP and chief diversity officer at State Street Bank

 

Whittier Street Health Center, a community health center with a mission to serve as a center of excellence that provides high quality and accessible health care and social services that achieve health equity, social justice, and the economic well-being of a diverse patient population, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday, October 13th from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at 1290 Tremont Street, 2nd floor.

The theme for this year’s annual event is “Prioritizing Health: A Prescription for Prosperity, Power and Progress!” with Paul Francisco, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at State Street Bank as keynote speaker. Mr. Francisco stated “I’m honored, and thrilled to have this full circle moment with Whittier Street Health Center, as their Hispanic Heritage Month speaker. As an immigrant to this country, I received my first primary health care from this organization. The access, care, and welcoming environment they provided me, is a hallmark of what makes Whittier Street Health Center a special place, a vital provider, and somewhere where our communities health outcomes can thrive because of exceptional care.”

“Whittier Street Health Center serves a large immigrant population and Paul Francisco exemplifies the health center’s belief that by promoting equity and equality, its patients are better positioned to realize their American dream and the possibility of prosperity, power and progress. We are proud to celebrate and recognize the significant contributions and rich and diverse backgrounds of our patient population,” said Frederica M. Williams, president and CEO of Whittier Street Health Center. “An estimated 41% of Whittier’s patients identify as Hispanic or Latino, and more than 50% of our employees identify likewise. We stand united in addressing the health equity of all and look forward to honoring our Hispanic community, friends, patients and colleagues with this special program.”

The afternoon’s event will also feature musical entertainment and a discussion about preventable chronic conditions including diabetes and led by Whittier staff members in Spanish. All are welcome to attend this free event.

 

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A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

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