MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MONICA VALDES LUPI
Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH, joined the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) as Executive Director in February 2016. Among other public health priorities, she is committed to advancing health equity and racial justice for all Bostonians and strengthening strategic collaborations across diverse stakeholders.
As the Executive Director of the BPHC, the city's health department, Ms. Valdes Lupi manages a $162M budget and leads 1,200 employees. In this role, her portfolio includes Boston Emergency Medical Services, school-based health centers, several substance abuse treatment facilities, and the largest homeless services program in New England. As Executive Director, Ms. Valdes Lupi serves as the key advisor to Mayor Walsh on health issues and builds on innovative partnerships across city departments by leveraging strategic opportunities for housing, economic development, transportation, education and environmental policies to positively impact the health of all Boston residents.
Prior to returning to BPHC, Ms. Valdes Lupi led the Health Systems Transformation team as a Chief Program Officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). In this role, she led initiatives related to health equity, public health integration with primary care, Medicaid/Public Health Partnerships, public health informatics, government relations, and state health policy. Through this diverse portfolio, she guided her team in strengthening the technical assistance and capacity building services provided to state and territorial health officials, senior deputies, and their leadership teams.
Ms. Valdes Lupi also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) before joining ASTHO where she led the day-to-day operations of an agency with a budget of nearly $1B with 3,100 employees that included: four public health hospitals, several regulatory bodies, and numerous programmatic divisions that addressed chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse services, environmental health, tobacco control, maternal, child and adolescent health, and emergency preparedness.
Ms. Valdes Lupi also served as the Chief of Staff at the BPHC. One of her key accomplishments included leading the City's first campaign to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in partnership with the Mayor's Office, hospitals, community health centers, higher education, and community-based organizations. As part of this initiative, she oversaw the initial distribution of nearly $2 million in grants aimed at improving the health for Boston's most vulnerable residents.
Ms. Valdes Lupi worked previously at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers as a policy analyst where she coordinated the activities for the Boston Conference of Community Health Centers. She received her JD from the Dickinson School of Law, her MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health, and her BA from Bryn Mawr College. She lives in Boston with her husband, Louis, and two kids, Niko and Elie.
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