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Racial Health Equity Advisory Committee


The Racial Health Equity Advisory Committee (RHEAC) is an advisory body of the BPHC.  The RHEAC makes recommendations in the planning, development, and implementation of BPHC's Anti-Racism Policy and Action Plan. RHEAC ensures that BPHC's work is responsive to community needs.


A culture of equitable community engagement where the lived experiences and expertise of Boston residents historically impacted by health inequities, is reflected in BPHC decision-making.

Committee Members

The RHEAC represents Boston’s ethnically and culturally diverse populations, neighborhoods, languages, and other life experiences.  RHEAC membership reflects the communities impacted by health inequities. 

Member Responsibilities:

  • Serve a 2-year term and represent the concerns and interests of their communities
  • Review health data reports, planning documents, and other materials to help ensure alignment with BPHC’s policies, procedures, programs, and departments
  • Share information about BPHC, public health, racial and health equity with their community
  • Collaborate with BPHC’s programs and departments to plan, support, and facilitate community meetings and special events 

 2021-2023 Committee Members


​Abby Burkland

Abby (they/them) is a resident of Dorchester who finds grounding in the queer community, the adoptee community, the neurodiverse community, and all of their overlaps.  They are the Grow Grants Program Manager for the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, working to support environmental justice in frontline communities.  Abby enjoys learning about all of the urban farms Boston has to offer.

Angel Moran

Angel is a proud Boston resident. Born in Mexico, he was brought to the U.S. as an infant and grew up in Connecticut.  At JPMorgan Chase,  Angel partners with departments across the Corporate and Investment Bank to create training content that meets the strategies and priorities of the business.  A longtime advocate for literacy, he currently serves on the Board of Corporators for the Norwich Free Academy and has volunteered with Tutor Mate

​Anh (Arianna) Chung

Anh is a long-time Boston resident of Dorchester/ South Boston. She is the rock of an immigrant family in which there’s a member with mental illness. Aiming to empower the community to heal, grow, and thrive, she hopes to establish Generation 1.5, a nonprofit to lead this joint-hands movement. She also liaisons between multiple organizations, health centers, governments, and social media platforms.

Deryck Reid

Deryck is a Human Services professional with 12 years of experience working with underserved populations in the African American community.  His expertise falls within instituting, managing, and directing progressive policies to serve the community.  A passionate community advocate, he helps individuals and families experiencing homelessness, substance use disorder, and mental health challenges to get the resources that they need. 

Icey Washington

Icey is a born and raised Bostonian. She is a mother of 3 children and has worked in healthcare for almost 25 years. She is passionate about accessible mental health resources, maternal and child health, and affordable healthy food options in the city. Icey is a very active community resident in the neighborhood of Mattapan where she lives with her family.

​Joseli Alonzo

Joseli is a Latinx individual who grew up in Boston.  As a licensed certified social worker, her personal and professional work has always focused on health issues related to housing stability, mental health, trauma, medical conditions, and immigration. She volunteers her time with the Allocation Committee at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Violence Intervention and Prevention program.  

​Lucille Culpepper-Jones

Lucille is a long-time resident of the urban community of Boston. She is Vice President of the Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association and the Trustee Board of Pleasant Hill Baptist church. She is an activist and advocate and has dedicated her work to promoting equity and inclusion. She serves in several advocacy groups and organizes and runs a food pantry in her community church. Lucille holds a Master's degree in Urban Policy and Planning from Tufts University. She is a proud single parent of two adult children. 

Myrtise Maurice

Myrtise Maurice is a licensed independent clinical social worker and public health professional with over 20 years of experience in community health and mental health.  She is the Founder of Perspectives Health Services, LLC, a virtual behavioral health organization that offers culturally informed and linguistically appropriate services for individuals and communities of color.  

Talissa Adrien

Talissa has been a resident of Boston for the past decade after moving from Haiti as a teenager. She is a Case Manager in Hematology and Medical Oncology at BMC where she assists patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Before joining the team at BMC, Talissa worked as a program manager at the RIAN Immigrant Center where she helped new immigrants navigate the American immigration process. In her free time, she enjoys documentaries and writing. 

Tyshaun Perryman

Tyshaun is a native of Boston. He is a Certified Addictions Recovery Coach at BMC. Through a grant sponsored by the Office of Minority Health, Tyshaun worked with Project Recover to demonstrate that Recovery Coaches are effective in breaking barriers to treatment and healthcare services as it relates to racial disparities for Black and Latinx communities. He endeavors to continue to break barriers in racial disparities in health care.

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