BOSTON – Peggy Mandosa, a physician assistant with the Boston Public Health Commission’s school-based health center program, has been awarded the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Outstanding Collaborator-Clinician Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment and leadership. The award was presented by the Massachusetts Coalition of School-Based Health Centers at their annual Awareness Day, Thursday, April 9.
The Boston Public Health Commission - in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and Boston Medical Center - operates eight SBHCs. The SBHCs provide full service health care, including physical exams, mental health and dental screenings, and health insurance enrollment.
Mandosa, who lives in Roslindale, is being honored for her work at the Madison Park Vocational Technical High School, one of the first SBHCs established in Boston. For the past 16 years, Mandosa has provided medical care to more than 10,000 students, connecting them with resources and treatment, many who would not have had access to these services outside of school. Working to bring teens to the discussion table on public health topics, she facilitated panels on violence prevention, teen pregnancy, and wellness. Mandosa has also served as a mentor and role model for her fellow health care providers, including mental health counselors, dental hygienists, and dietitians.
The Massachusetts Coalition of School-Based Health Centers, Inc. (Coalition) was established in 1994 and incorporated in 2000. The Massachusetts Coalition of School-Based Health Centers is the statewide organization leading the movement to put health care where kids spend the majority of their time – in schools.
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