Shrewsbury – The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) has presented the Lemuel Shattuck Award to Shrewsbury resident Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW), citing her pioneering leadership in promoting community health workers in Massachusetts and across the country.
In presenting the award, the MPHA cited Holderby-Fox's work as a local and national leader in the community health worker (CHW) movement, her successful work to advance the integration of CHWs to improve access to healthcare and reduce health disparities, and her devoted advocacy for policy change.
“Lisa Renee is leading the way to organize CHWs at home and across the country,” said MPHA Executive Director Toby Fisher. “In doing so, she is helping to reshape the fields of community health and healthcare to better address the needs of consumers and communities.”
“Community health workers are essential to public health and essential to our goal of advancing social justice,” said Ms. Holderby-Fox. “I am so honored to work together with members of this incredible profession to promote full and equal access to good health for everyone.”
Holderby-Fox organizes community health workers across the state, develops and conducts workshops for CHWs and their supervisors, and educates others on the important role CHWs have in improving health in Massachusetts.?She has also led successful campaigns to pass several pieces of legislation to advance the field that were signed into law in Massachusetts.
Holderby-Fox has served in several national leadership roles, including as co-chair for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 2007 National CHW Workforce Study Technical Advisory Group. In September 2011, she was reappointed to a three-year term on the National Health Care Workforce Commission created in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The MPHA annual awards breakfast honors visionary individuals and organizations that have made a lasting impact on public health in Massachusetts.