CHA Celebrates Black History Month with local elected officials

Pictured left to right is Everett City Councillor Gerly Adrien, Cambridge City Councillor Denise Simmon and Claude Jacob, chief public health officer of the Cambridge Public Health Department.

By Avlot Quessa, Senior Director, Multicultural Affairs & Patient Services; Co-Chair, CHA Diversity Council

Cambridge Health Alliance is a mission-driven institution that makes special efforts each year to celebrate Black History Month. Since its formation in 1996, when Cambridge and Somerville Campuss came together to form CHA, we have come together as a community to recognize the strengths and struggles of African Americans in the United States and the work that is still ahead.

This year, we were thrilled to convene a panel presentation with Cambridge City Councillor and former Mayor Denise Simmons and Everett City Councillor Gerly Adrien titled "African Americans and the Vote" on February 28 at CHA Cambridge Hospital. The theme, presented by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, speaks to the ongoing struggle of African Americans across the country for the right to vote. The discussion was moderated by Claude Jacob, chief public health officer of the Cambridge Public Health Department.

Also, as part of the celebration, we were excited to welcome Noche Latina Dance Company to our hospital locations in Everett, Cambridge and Somerville for dance performances. They brought a diverse group of dancers who celebrated the multicultural backgrounds of the countries of South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Black History Month programming was sponsored by the CHA Diversity Council, a multidisciplinary group of employees who foster equity, inclusion, and excellence at CHA through educational programming, quality initiatives. Learn more about diversity at CHA.

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Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health care system committed to serving all members of our communities. We have expertise in primary care, mental health and substance abuse, and caring for diverse and complex populations. CHA patients receive high quality care in convenient neighborhood locations, and have seamless access to advanced care through CHA’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville Everett and Boston’s Metro North, CHA is working hard to offer the integrated services its communities need now, and in the future.