Whittier Street Health Center’s 17th Annual Men’s Health Summit

  • June 9, 2017


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Whittier Street Health Center Hosts 17th Annual Men’s Health Summit

 (Boston, MA) June 2017 Whittier Street Health Center will host its 17th Annual Men’s Health Summit on Saturday, June 24th 2017 and will honor eight Men’s Health Champions for helping promote health and well-being in the community. WBZ sports reporter Paul Burton to serve as the keynote speaker.

The Men’s Health Summit, which is free and open to all, will take place at the Whittier Street Health Center at 1290 Tremont Street in Roxbury on June 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme is Healthier Men: Stronger Families and Stronger Communities. The event will include health screenings, a keynote speech, a panel discussion on men’s health, workshops and award presentations to eight men’s health champions from diverse backgrounds.

“The Men’s Health Summit is an opportunity to illustrate the importance of educating men and their families, and to take control of their health – physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially,” says Frederica Williams, President and CEO of Whittier Street Health Center. “This year’s health summit aims to actively mobilize men from all walks of life to use the opportunities and resources available to them. This in turn can improve their wellness and that of their families and the surrounding communities,” Williams continues.

Whittier’s 2017 Men’s Health Champion: eight men from diverse backgrounds will be awarded Men’s Health Champions awards at the event:

  • Javier Barrientos: Senior Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Biogen Idec
  • Mothusi Chilume: Director of Adult Medicine and Urgent Care, Whittier Street Health Center
  • Richard Derosa: Director, Father Friendly
  • Courtney Grey: Director of Trauma Services, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Gene Lindsey: President and CEO Emeritus of Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
  • John O’Neil: Nurturing Fathers’ Program Director, Family Nurturing Center
  • Hector Pina: Owner of Merengue, Vejigantes and Dona Habana restaurants
  • Marc Spooner: President, Commercial Products, Tufts Health Plan

Research shows that adult African Americans are 40 percent more likely to die of a stroke than the white population in the U.S., 30 percent more likely to die of a heart disease, 40 percent more likely to be obese, and 60 percent more likely to be diabetic. Black children in the U.S. are twice as likely to have asthma and 73 percent more likely to be obese than white children in this country.

The Whittier Street Health Center, which provides health services to the region and features an onsite Wellness and Fitness Club, is easily accessible by public transportation and has ample parking, making it convenient as well as affordable for those who live outside the community. The Whittier Street Health Center is housed in a new six-story 78,900-square foot building (it opened in 2012 at its current location) that is across from the city’s police headquarters. Many of its patients visit from Mattapan, Dorchester, Jamaica Plan and the South End, as well as Roxbury, and hail from more than 20 countries.

For more information about the event, or if your organization is interested in participating, call Robert Edwards a 617-989-3028.

About Whittier Street Health Center
About Whittier Street Health Center ( Whittier Street Health Center is a Joint Commission accredited, private, non-profit, independently licensed community health center dedicated to providing high quality, reliable and accessible primary healthcare and support services for diverse populations to promote wellness and eliminate health and social disparities. Serving close to 30,000 clients with approximately 120,000 clinic visits and 20,000 community outreach visits annually, Whittier has a patient base which is ethnically and racially diverse and includes significant numbers of individuals from Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the South End and Greater Boston. Whittier provides a comprehensive array of 40 healthcare programs and services designed to meet the primary health care, behavioral health, and social needs of the community. Whittier is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a level 3 (highest level) patient-centered medical home. Learn more at

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