2024 Black History Month and Annual Meeting: Whittier Street Health Center Celebrates Black History Month

  • February 12, 2024

On February 15th, Whittier Street Health Center will host its annual Black History Month Celebration, emphasizing its commitment to advocating for health equity, social justice, and the elimination of economic inequities.

The national theme for this year’s Black History Month is African Americans and the Arts. To help us explore this topic Carmen Fields, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast news journalist, producer, host, and author will give the keynote address. Ms. Fields will share insights from her book “Going Back to T Town: The Ernie Fields Territory Big Band,” which chronicles the inspiring story of her father, Ernie Fields, a Southern Trombonist in the 1960s who overcame segregation, racial prejudice, and threats of violence to leave a lasting musical legacy.

Frederica M. Williams, President & CEO stated: “Whittier is proud to celebrate the impact of its diverse staff, patients and community. During Black History Month, we will be celebrating the right cultural heritage, accomplishments and addressing the ongoing challenges that are a critical part of our country’s history. By recognizing the challenges and celebrating the accomplishments of people of African descent, we hope to empower them to reach their full potential and educate our allies and partners.”

Whittier will present the prestigious President’s Award to Ms. Beulah Fagan Providence for her outstanding contributions to the betterment of lives in the Black community. Ms. Providence has been a driving force behind the Caribbean Foundation, fostering job opportunities and creating a supportive community for trainees, workers, and clients who share a common culture.

Frederica M. Williams, President & CEO of WSHC, will provide insights into the organization’s efforts during the past fiscal year, which has served as a “Beacon of Hope: Championing Health Equity and Social Justice.” The annual report showcases the strategies implemented by Whittier to support health equity and social justice, ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard with dignity and respect.

Please join us on February 15th as we celebrate Black History Month, acknowledging the past, addressing the present, and paving the way for a future of inclusivity, equality, and health equity. Whittier remains dedicated to being a catalyst for positive change in our community. 

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.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).