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The Health Equity Advisory Committee (HEAC) is an advisory body of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). The HEAC participates in the planning, development, and implementation of BPHC' Strategic Plan's Racial Justice and Health Equity priority area and ensures that BPHC's work is responsive to community needs.

Committee Members

The HEAC is composed of twelve committee members appointed by BPHC's Executive Director. Members serve a 2-year term.

Members are Boston residents that reflect the spectrum of socio-demographic groups most impacted by health inequities and represent a range of community experience and expertise. 


The HEAC meets once a month and no more than ten times per year.


The HEAC advises programs and public health service centers at BPHC on communications and public awareness campaigns, programs and services, strategic planning, and policy development. 


The deadline to be considered for the 2019-2021 cohort of the HEAC ended on July 8, 2019. If you would like to be considered for a future position on the committee, submit your application here. Roxbury residents are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Meet the 2019 – 2021 Committee Members

Apolo J Cátala Gámbaro is an urban farmer with a committment to sustainable farming and firm belief that food is medicine. He currently manages the Oasis on Ballou Urban Farm, has completed the Trustees of Reservation Master Urban Gardener Program, and trained with the Urban Farming Institute. He hopes to establish a cooperatively owned farming enterprise to grow nutritious food that will positively impact the health of city residents. Before farming, Apolo practiced law and earned his degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Durrell J Harris, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, has made a strong commitment to the Boston community in the last seven years. He is the Operations Manager in the Community Coordination Department of Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. Durrell serves on the Dorchester Board of Trade, Athletes without Borders, and the Cummings Foundation – Sustaining Grants Partners Committee. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from American International College and a Master's degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. 

Joyce Clark is a lifelong resident of Boston. She is an executive member, Climate Change & Environmental Justice Chair of the New England Area Council of the NAACP, and formerly Chair of the Boston NAACP Health Committee. Joyce is a doula with a passion for ensuring that Boston families and children are treated with respect and dignity, and can achieve their fullest potential. She is also a Research Program Coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

Kadian Edobor is a Boston native. They are the program coordinator for Sister2Sister at Action for Boston Community Development, Inc and unit coordinator for the emergency department at Boston Medical Center. Their daily work includes STI prevention and intervention implementation for young women 15-25 in the Boston area. Kadian also conducts group level interventions for girls ages 11-19 to promote body awareness, safety, and wellness.

Maeva Veillard is the administrative coordinator at the Immigrant Family Services Institute. She recently graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Health and French. She is pursuing a Master's in Public Health at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her area of focus is healthcare management and health policy. Maeva intends to work in public health to help eradicate racial disparities in healthcare. 

Mervin Adams was born in Dominica, West Indies and emigrated to the U.S. several years ago. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Laboure College in Dorchester and went on to receive a Master's Degree in Nursing from Northeastern University. She is a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on home visits in the community. She is active on various committees in her church and serves as a friendly volunteer visitor at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. 

​Sahar Lawrence is the Program Coordinator for the Boston Housing Authority and leads the Grove Hall Trust, a non-profit that invests in community led projects in Roxbury & Dorchester. Her interest in health and community equity led her to various advocacy roles, such as GirlTrek and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Leaders in Health program. Sahar received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her Master of City Planning from Boston University.  

Tiana L Bonner is the Director of the College and Financial Empowerment Program at Inquilinos Boricuas En Acción (IBA). She has dedicated her work to promoting educational equity, economic sustainability, social and political inclusion for individuals and families of color. She has been featured as a panelist contributing to conversations such as: The Potential of Youth Credit Building with Boston Builds Credit, and Nonprofit Leaders of Color at Bunker Hill Community College. Tiana holds her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Emmanuel College.

Trayce Booth is a long-time resident of the urban community of Boston. She is a single parent of four adult children, a grandmother of seven, and owner of one precious dog. She serves on the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. Trayce volunteers at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club's Business Breakfast and Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp Fair Foods. In 2017, she received her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts with a specialization in Human Services.

Vilma Uribe is a Latinx queer femme from Texas who made Boston her home eight years ago. She attended Oberlin College where she helped run the Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People. She advocates for survivors of domestic, sexual violence, and discrimination, and currently serves as Assistant Director of Advocacy at the Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center of Brandeis University. Vilma also serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, and the LGBTQIA Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition.

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