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Health Equity Advisory Committee

The Health Equity Advisory Committee (HEAC) advises BPHC in its work to advance racial justice and health equity for all Boston residents.

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. View HEAC's accomplishments from 2017-2018.

Interested in participating in the HEAC? Please consider applying if you:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Live in a Boston neighborhood
  • Represent diverse cultures and experiences
  • Have ideas and lived experiences to share

Click here to access an application

Please remember to download and save the application onto your device.

Applications are due Monday July, 8, 2019, to Jannet Sanchez via mail or email at You can also mail them to: Boston Public Health Commission, Office of Health Equity, Attention: Jannet Sanchez, 1010 Massachusetts Ave, 2nd floor, Boston, MA, 02118.

Meet the 2017-2019 Committee Members

The current HEAC consists of 8 Boston residents from 7 different neighborhoods across Boston. This group includes health professionals, social workers, and community organizers who work to make Boston a city where all residents can live healthy lives. 

Angelica Sierra is an Outpatient Resource Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is passionate about health care access for Latinos and volunteers at Boston Cares.

Damian Lima is a Coordinator for the Health Promotion Center at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center and has been recognized for his work in improving transgender patient services.

John Arthur Howard is a teacher and U.S. Army Veteran. He is passionate about physical fitness and men’s health. 

Kendra Liburd
 is a Support Team Lead in the Emergency Department of Mass General Hospital. She is an active member of her church and proud mentor to Boston youth.

Kristen Risley
is a Senior Project Specialist in the division of Performance Analytics and Improvement at Mass General Hospital and has served on boards and committees in Dorchester and Roxbury.

​Paulette Durrett
is a lifetime resident of Boston having attended and worked for BPS. She retired as Assistant Dean of Students with Disabilities from Boston College after 25 years of service. 

Sindy Ortiz Pimentel
has previously worked at Dana Farber and hopes to bring positive change to her communities.

Tim Wang
works on policy and advocacy for LGBTQ equitable healthcare in his role as Policy Analyst at the Fenway Institute. 

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