Francis J. Doyle, Esq.- Chairperson
Executive Director, Boston HealthNet Inc.
Francis J. Doyle is the Executive Director of Boston HealthNet Inc. (BHN), an integrated health care delivery system comprised of fourteen community health centers, Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Boston HealthNet was formed in 1995 as a result of the Mayor of Boston's vision to merge Boston City Hospital with Boston University Hospital to create Boston Medical Center. Since BHN's inception, Mr. Doyle has created a wide variety of collaborations around cutting edge clinical initiatives, business opportunities and health information technology that enhances HealthNet's mission to provide high quality health care services to the underserved and underinsured in Boston's neighborhoods. As a result of twenty years of careful strategic planning and continuous building on successful programs, Boston HealthNet has become a national model for health center controlled networks and academic medical center collaborations with community health centers.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Boston HealthNet, Mr. Doyle was the Executive Director of the Boston-Fenway Program where he managed and directed a thirteen-member consortium made up of cultural and educational organizations in Boston's Fenway area. He also implemented government relations strategies to impact area public projects and stimulate economic growth and development.
Francis J. Doyle, an attorney, provided consulting services on legal, government, community and public affairs issues from 1994 to 1996. He created and implemented proactive grassroots advocacy plans for businesses, trade associations and community groups to impact federal, state and local government leaders. While monitoring state and federal government policy proposals, he was able to coordinate public advocacy and lobbying activities among interest groups. Attorney Doyle was a key member of Boston Mayor Menino's leadership team that successfully merged Boston City Hospital with University Hospital and created Boston Medical Center and the Boston Public Health Commission. Other key clients included the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, the City of Lynn and the Dewey Square Group.
From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Doyle was employed by the United States Department of State as the Attaché/Chief of Staff at the United States Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican), Rome, Italy. He served as a U.S. diplomat duly accredited to the Holy See. He supervised the Ambassador's staff and coordinated Embassy projects and assignments, served as public affairs officer for the Embassy and planned, coordinated and accompanied the Ambassador on foreign missions. These missions to India, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Bosnia and Haiti involved presidential assignments to assess America's response to natural disasters, the African refugee crisis, the worldwide AIDS epidemic and other crises where the coordination and collaboration of American assets and agencies with Vatican officials and affiliated non-governmental organizations were critical.
Attorney Doyle served as the Director of the Boston Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs from 1988 to 1993. He coordinated federal, state and local legislative issues for the City of Boston, developed the administration's positions on public policy issues and represented the Mayor on numerous statewide associations and organizations.
Mr. Doyle is a member and serves on the Boards and committees of numerous organizations including: America's Essential Hospitals, National Association of Community Health Centers, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, Marion Manor for the Aged and Infirmed and the Boston Accountable Care Organization.
Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
Director, Disparities Solutions Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Betancourt’s primary interests include
racial and ethnic disparities in health care, cross-cultural medicine, minority recruitment into the health professions, and minority health/health policy research. He has served as Principal Investigator on grants from the
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the
Commonwealth Fund, the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the
California Endowment, in addition to being co-investigator on a project funded by the
National Cancer Institute and the
Health Resources and Services Administration.
Dr. Betancourt has served on several Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committees, including those that produced “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care”, “Guidance for a National Health Care Disparities Report”, and “In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce.” and served on the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy. He was a member of the Massachusetts State Committee on Racial/Ethnic Disparities and served on the Boston Public Health Commission Committee on Racial/Ethnic Disparities. Dr. Betancourt currently co-chairs the Massachusetts General Hospital Committee on Racial/Ethnic Disparities and the Harvard Medical School Cross-Cultural Care Committee.
Dr. Betancourt has authored peer-reviewed articles on topics including racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care; public health; hypertension, diabetes, and cerebrovascular disease in minority communities; cross-cultural care and education; clinical decision making; ethics; workforce diversity; and the impact of language barriers on health care. Dr. Betancourt also teaches cross-cultural medicine, health disparities, and health policy to medical students and residents at and to students at the
Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Harold D. Cox
Associate Dean of Public Health Practice, Boston University School of Public Health
Harold D. Cox, MSSW, serves as the Associate Dean of Public Health Practice at
Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and as an associate professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr Cox was chief public health officer for the city of Cambridge from 1996 until he joined the BUSPH faculty. In that role, he managed all aspects of the city’s health department, including public health planning, service delivery, and regulatory activities. He has coordinated a regional emergency preparedness response for 27 local health departments and co-chaired a regional “no tobacco initiative” in 19 communities. He also facilitated citywide discussions on homelessness, developed a health-oriented walking program in Cambridge, and helped establish a Domestic Violence Free Zone. Before working for the City of Cambridge, he was director of client services for the
AIDS Action Committee of Boston from 1992 to 1996.
Dr. Cox is a member of the Statewide Commission on Health Disparities, president of the
Massachusetts Public Health Association, and past president of the Multicultural AIDS Coalition. He is a recipient of the Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work from the American Public Health Association and the Rebecca Lee Award for outstanding commitment to public health from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Dr. Cox graduated from North Texas State University, where he received a B.A. in Psychology. He received his MSSW at the University of Texas in Austin.
President and CEO, Boston Medical Center
Kate Walsh became the president and CEO of
Boston Medical Center (BMC) on March 1, 2010.
BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 639-licensed bed, academic medical center with a community-based focus. The primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center has approximately 5,000 employees, 1,300 physicians and an annual operating budget of roughly $1.5 billion. BMC is a founder of Boston HealthNet, a network affiliation of the Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine and 15 community health centers. Boston HealthNet, is an integrated health care delivery system whose partners provide outreach, prevention, primary care, specialty care and dental services at sites located throughout Boston's neighborhoods and Quincy.
In addition to the Medical Center and its affiliated health community health centers, BMC owns and operates the BMC HealthNet Plan, a statewide Medicaid Managed Care Organization with more than 240,000 members across the Commonwealth.
Prior to her appointment at Boston Medical Center, Ms. Walsh served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital for five years. During her tenure, Brigham and Women’s Hospital moved its patient satisfaction scores to the 95th percentile of benchmark institutions nationally, produced strong operating results based on consistent ambulatory and inpatient growth and set a new standard in patient-focused multidisciplinary care with the opening of the Carl J and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center.
She served previously as the chief operating officer for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.
Ms. Walsh began her career in health care as a summer intern at
Brookside Health Center in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Upon finishing graduate school, she worked as a shift supervisor in the emergency department at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx. From there Ms. Walsh moved to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Saint Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She relocated to Boston and joined Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as an assistant general director in medical services and was promoted to vice president of medical services and primary care and then to senior vice president of medical services and the MGH Cancer Center.
Ms. Walsh received her bachelor’s of arts degree and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University. She also is a member of the Board of Visitors for Northeastern University’s School of Business and is on the Board of Trustees at Emmanuel College.
Ms. Walsh, a native of Brookline, is married and has two children.
Chief Executive Officer, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
More than two decades ago, Manny joined EBNHC as an 18-year-old researcher, working with Dr. Jim Taylor on a blood pressure study. In the ensuing years, Manny went on to hold positions in the Human Resource and Operations Departments. After a mid-career stint outside the health center, during which Manny worked as a business consultant and project manager for Fortune 1,000 companies, helping CEOs, CIOs, and CFOs redesign critical business processes, Manny served as the health center’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer, providing organizational vision and leadership with an eye for technology and collaborative innovation. Manny attended Lesley University School of Management and has a master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business.
In 2010, Manny assumed the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and began working closely with Jack as part of the health center’s strategic succession plan. He has seamlessly adopted increasing responsibility and has proven his readiness to take over at the EBNHC helm. Jack will continue in the role of President through 2014, concentrating on external relationships and providing advice and support to the new management team.
Manny’s breadth of experience at EBNHC provides him with an unparalleled understanding of the health center, our community, and the vital importance of providing high-quality health care to those we serve.
Manny serves on the boards of NACHC (AmeriCorps Steering Committee Member); the Mass League (Member of Executive Compensation Committee); the NHP Advisory Board; BMCHealthNet Board; and is Chair of BMC Chart. He also serves on the Metropolitan Beach Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a member of Mayor Walsh’s transition committee.
An engaging and dynamic speaker, Manny’s previous speaking engagements include: NACHC’s Winter Strategy Meeting (Succession Planning); NACHC CHI (Succession Planning); Suffolk University Health Center Management (Graduation Keynote Speaker); Kaiser Family Foundation (Massachusetts Health Care Reform); Massport/COPA Airlines (Introduction); Revere Chamber of Commerce Harvard School of Public Health (Health Center Overview).
Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA
President & CEO, The Dimock Center
Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA is the incoming President & CEO of The Dimock Center, a community institution serving Boston's Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods. As the second largest health center in Boston, Dimock is considered a national model of comprehensive health and human services with an emphasis on the integration of clinical and behavioral health practices.
Dr. Jordan earned both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. After graduation, she joined Johns Hopkins first as an attending physician and instructor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and subsequently as director of medical consultation services at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Coming from a family that stressed the value of giving back, in 2007 Dr. Jordan was inspired to leave a successful career in academic medicine to lead the Dimock Community Health Center. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jordan was a fierce advocate for increasing access to care for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Her collaborative approach led to significant partnerships linking Dimock to world class institutions such as The Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Partners HealthCare. An innovative physician administrator, Dr. Jordan was responsible for the successful transition to the Electronic Medical Record, established Dimock’s first Institutional Review Board to pave the way for research using human subjects and recently led the effort to secure a $4.9 million federal grant to expand the capacity of Dimock’s health center facility. In the clinic, the impact of her medical practice and emphasis on transformative care was a major benefit to the communities served by Dimock and beyond.
Widely respected for her expertise and insight, Dr. Jordan has published articles in various medical publications including The New England Journal of Medicine, was recently appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Planning Council Advisory Committee and served as one of seven governor-appointed physician members of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration.
From 2009-2011, Dr. Jordan hosted a segment on New England Cable News entitled, "Community Health" which disseminated factual information and explored important health topics and issues.
As incoming President & CEO of The Dimock Center, Dr. Jordan plans to continue to strengthen Dimock’s integrated care model as well as explore innovative ways to increase access to care.
An avid runner and biking enthusiast, Dr. Jordan is also engaged in community programs and active in the PTO. She and her husband Larry, an educator, live in West Roxbury with their two young daughters.
Tyrék D. Lee, Sr.
Executive Vice President, 1199SEIU
For more than a decade, 1199SEIU Executive Vice President, Tyrék D. Lee, Sr., has been a tireless leader in the Massachusetts labor, healthcare and social justice movements. Lee was elected a Vice President of 1199SEIU in 2010, overseeing the union's work at Boston Medical Center and other area hospitals and health centers. As a vice president, Lee played a key role in the union's organizing, political, coalition building and strategy negotiation. He is a leader in the effort to advance the Fight for a $15 minimum wage, leading 1199SEIU members who have secured new contracts at Boston Medical Center, Lynn Community Health Center, South Boston Community Health Center and Whidden Hospital – all of which ensure a pathway to $15/hour for workers.
Tyrék D. Lee, Sr. was appointed the Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU Massachusetts in January 2016, becoming the first African American man to lead a major statewide union in the Commonwealth. As a labor leader, Lee is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council, a vice president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Eastern Region President for the SEIU African American Caucus (AFRAM), and an executive board member of the Greater Boston Labor Council.
Born in Boston, MA and raised in Cleveland, OH by his grandmother and great-grandmother, Lee has overcome a host of challenges. He moved back to Dorchester with his mother at the age of 13, attending many different schools during his childhood. He became a father early in life and in 2002, he accepted a job as a telephone operator at Boston Medical Center (BMC), not knowing it would become the launch pad for a career in healthcare and advocacy. Prior to his employment at BMC, Lee also worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Inspired by the power of organizing with his coworkers through the union at BMC, Tyrék was elected to be a delegate of Local 2020 in 2003. He went on to work on the union's national presidential election campaign in support of John Kerry in 2004. As the Boston-based SEIU Local 2020 underwent a historic merger with the multi-state 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East in 2005, Lee began working as a political and administrative organizer full-time. He completed his high school diploma through the union's worker education program in 2005 and completed Cornell University's Union Leadership Institute program in 2011. Lee currently resides in Randolph, MA and has three children.