Whittier Street Health Center President Frederica Williams Receives Dean Shinagel Award from Harvard Extension Alumni Association

  • June 7, 2022


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Whittier Street Health Center President Frederica Williams Receives Dean Shinagel Award from Harvard Extension Alumni Association


ROXBURY and DORCHESTER, MA, ISSUED JUNE 2, 2022…Frederica M. Williams, President and CEO of 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, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Dean Michael Shinagel Award for Service to Others from the Harvard Extension Alumni Association.


The award, presented on May 24th at the 41st Annual Harvard Extension Alumni Banquet, is named in honor of Michael Shinagel, the former Dean of the Division of Continuing Education and University Extension at Harvard University and the longest serving Dean in Harvard’s history.


“I am deeply grateful to receive an award named in honor of Dean Shinagel who served as our Dean during my years at the Extension School and who consistently demonstrated effective leadership and a deep commitment to creating educational opportunities for others,” said Williams, who received a graduate certificate at Harvard Extension before going on to earn an MBA from Anna Maria College.


In accepting the honor, Williams noted “being of service to others has been my highest purpose in life” and that the prestigious award “is an additional call to action to continue my commitment to expand, grow, share, and build on the values that I believe in.”




About Whittier Street Health Center

Whittier Street Health Center is an independently licensed community health care center with a mission of providing high quality, reliable and accessible primary healthcare for diverse populations while promoting wellness and eliminating health and social disparities. A champion of equitable access to high quality, patient-focused care, social justice and economic equity, Whittier Street Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, and recognized by the NCQA for its Behavioral Health Integration. Through its locations in Roxbury and North Dorchester, and its Mobile Health Van program, Whittier Street Health Center serves more than 30,000 patients and 20,000 community outreach visits annually; its ethnically and racially diverse patient base is primarily made up of individuals from Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the South End and greater Boston. Approximately 28% of Whittier’s patients are uninsured. Whittier Street Health Center 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. For more information, please visit as well as Facebook (, Twitter (@Whittier_Boston), or LinkedIn (, or call 617-989-3221.


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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