HCFA congratulates Rebekah Gewirtz, who was named yesterday as the head of the Mass Public Health Association.
Rebekah has been a long-time friend and ally of HCFA through her work with the state Association of Social Workers. She’s been an active leader in the ACT!! Coalition, and she and HCFA have collaborated on many projects over many years. She’ll bring a strong strategic vision and commitment to effective action on public health. We look forward to a continued close partnership with MPHA on our many shared priorities.
Here’s the MPHA announcement, from their board chair Steven Bradley:
On behalf of the MPHA Board of Directors, I am very pleased to announce that MPHA has selected a new Executive Director, Rebekah Gewirtz, who will begin on January 2, 2014. Rebekah brings a wealth of experience in state and local policy, community organizing, fundraising, and organizational development. Her skills and leadership will be a tremendous asset to MPHA as we seek to increase our impact on public health in the Commonwealth in the years ahead.
Rebekah is currently the Director of Government Relations and Political Action at the National Association of Social Workers, MA Chapter, where she has served for more than eight years. She has also been an elected alderman in the City of Somerville for eight years. In her role as alderman she has championed public health measures, including acting as a leading proponent and co-sponsor of Somerville’s Urban Agriculture ordinance, which was the first of if its kind in Massachusetts.
Rebekah is a true friend of public health, understands the political and policy landscape, and has the leadership drive to advance MPHA.
Rebekah joins MPHA at an exciting and pivotal time for both the organization and the field of public health. MPHA has successfully led major budget and policy initiatives over the last years, including passage of the landmark Prevention and Wellness Trust. But we cannot rest on our laurels. The public health landscape continues to undergo significant changes here in Massachusetts and across the nation – including changes in healthcare financing and new models and partnerships to address the social determinants of health. The MPHA Board is confident that Rebekah has the skills and the passion to lead MPHA in this time of significant change, so that we remain influential and forward thinking.
As we look ahead to 2014 and beyond under Rebekah’s leadership, we hope that you will continue to support the vision and leadership of MPHA with an end of the year gift.
In her time at NASW MA, Rebekah has served on the senior management team and provided leadership in strategic planning, member growth and retention, and organizational development. She has led passage of key social work priority initiatives including legislation protecting social workers against violence in the workplace, and she has been a leader on the campaigns to close corporate tax loopholes and raise the minimum wage. Rebekah is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, McCormack Institute of Policy Studies where she earned her Master of Science in Public Affairs degree. She has been recognized as a “Woman to Watch” by Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century and received the 2013 Leadership Award from the Greater Boston Labor Council.
On behalf of everyone at MPHA, I hope that you will join me in welcoming Rebekah, and I ask that you join us in re-committing to the work to build a healthier and more equitable Massachusetts for all.