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Health Equity Advisory Committee

BPHC's Health Equity Advisory Committee (HEAC) advises BPHC in the development of policy matters, communications, data, and inclusive community engagement practices.

HEAC is comprised of 8 Boston residents, who live in seven different neighborhoods across Boston. This group includes health professionals, social workers, and community organizers, who are native Bostonians and who come from other parts of the country and the world. 

Meet the committee members:


Angelica Sierra
is a native Boston resident of Puerto Rican descent and currently lives in Boston's South End neighborhood. One of Angelica's passions is making sure Boston residents particularly Latino residents are informed of and have access to the resources they need to stay healthy. She is currently an Outpatient Resource Specialist at Boston Children's Hospital and in her free time volunteers at Boston Cares and hikes.  
Damien LimaDamián Lima is an immigra​​nt from El Salvador and lives in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. He works as the Coordinator for the Health Promotion Center at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center. In 2015, he was awarded the Community Luminary Award by The Network/La Red, an organization that provides services to LGBT POC who have experienced partner abuse and in 2016 he was recognized by Fenway Health for his advocacy for the improvement of services for transgender patients.  Damián was one of the organizers of the 2016 Gender Reel Film Festival which focused on the experiences of Transgender People of Color. Damian received his Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 
Paulette Durrett
Paulette Durrett is a life time resident of Boston and lives in the Mattapan neighborhood. As a child, Paulette attended Boston Public Schools and as an adult worked for BPS and the Greater Boston Regional Education Center. Paulette was the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities before retiring from Boston College after 25 years of service.  She serves as a volunteer at her place of worship - the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps (Church) Community Center located in Dorchester. When Paulette was asked "what excites you most about becoming a member of the HEAC?" Paulette replied, "the notion that ordinary people are going to be on this committee excites me the most." 
Kendra Liburd
Kendra Liburd is a Boston native born to immigrant parents from the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. She lives in Dorchester's Codman Square neighborhood and works at Mass General Hospitable (MGH) as a Support Team Lead in the Emergency Department. Kendra is an active member of the Dorchester community where she holds various positions within her church. Kendra is also a proud mentor at Big Sister Association of Boston where she has developed one-on-one relationships with some of Boston's youth.  Kendra received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. 
Kristen Risley

Kristen Risley
has lived in South Boston and has been living in Dorchester's Upham's Corner since 2007.  Kristen is a Senior Project Specialist working in the division of Performance Analytics and Improvement at Mass General (MGH).  Kristen has held different roles on the Board of Directors at the Bird Street Community Center in Dorchester for ten years and sat on the Food Project's Greenhouse Advisory Committee for the greenhouses on Dudley Street in Roxbury for many years. Kristen describes her understanding of health equity as –leveling the playing field.
John Arthur Howard

John Arthur Howard was born in Boston and currently resides in Dorchester's Franklin Field neighborhood. John taught Retailing and Financial Services Programs at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School for 23 years and is a U.S. Army veteran. John's passion for physical fitness and men's health was sparked when his father passed away from diabetes in his 50's.

John's interest in the health well-being of men and seniors has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities in Boston, including but limited, to Whittier Street Health Center's Men's Health Educational Programs. 

​Sindy Ortiz Pimentel is a native of Dominican Republic and has lived in Boston, MA for over 10 years. Since high school, as student council president and her school representative to the Boston Public School Commission, Sindy has had a passion to contribute to and bring positive change to her communities. She has interned and worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since 2011, where she discovered her interest in public health and research. Her desire to change and support those in her community has directed her to a number of volunteer opportunities, including as Lay Health Advisor through the Dana-Farber. Sindy received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Communication from Denison University in Granville, OH through a full-tuition merit scholarship with the Posse Foundation. She hopes to attend and complete graduate school in the area in the near future.
Tim Wang
Tim Wang has lived in Boston for two years and currently resides in the neighborhood of Brighton. He works as a health policy analyst at the Fenway Institute, which is the research division of Fenway Health, a federally qualified health center that primarily focuses on LGBT health and people living with HIV. In his role as a health policy analyst, Tim works on a variety of projects involving research and advocacy on state and federal policies that would help make healthcare more equitable for LGBT people, people living with HIV, and other marginalized populations. Tim states Boston is progressive in terms of LGBTQ issues, but there are issues of structural racism that should be prioritized as well.

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