Whittier Street Health Center to Hold Annual Meeting and Black History Month Celebration; Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director of Embrace Boston, Keynote Speaker

  • January 20, 2023


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 Whittier Street Health Center to Hold Annual Meeting and Black History Month Celebration; Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director of Embrace Boston, Keynote Speaker

BOSTON, MA, ISSUED JANUARY 20, 2023…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 conduct its annual meeting in conjunction with a Black History Month celebration on Thursday, February 9th from noon at its 1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury address.

Imari Paris Jeffries, the executive director of Embrace Boston (, with a mission “to dismantle structural racism through our work at the intersection of arts, culture, and research and policy,” will serve as the keynote speaker. Embrace Boston recently unveiled a 22-foot tall bronze sculpture on Boston Common inspired by a photograph of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King hugging Coretta Scott King after learning he had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The sculpture depicts just the couple’s arms and hands and is intended to serve as a symbol of Boston, representing love, belonging, and hope.

Paris Jeffries was named executive director of Embrace Boston in June of 2020, bringing a wealth of experience from the nonprofit management, community activism, education reform, and social justice sectors to the role. He has served in executive roles at Parenting Journey, Jumpstart, Boston Rising, and Friends of The Children, and sits as a Trustee of the UMass System, as well as on the boards of USES and Providers Council. He also served on former Governor Baker’s Black Advisory Commission.

“We look forward to welcoming Imari Paris Jeffries and discovering more about the remarkable work Embrace Boston conducts to realize its vision of an inclusive and equitable Boston where all belong and prosper,” said Whittier Street Health Center’s President and CEO Frederica M. Williams, who will share the State of the Health Center address during the annual meeting portion of the event.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

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.

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).