From the Community
Raheem Baraka Posthumously Receives Massachusetts Public Health Association’s Lemuel Shattuck Award
The late Raheem Baraka of the Baraka Community Wellness Center received the Massachusetts Public Health Association’s Lemuel Shattuck Award for significant contributions to the betterment of public health practice across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at their 17th Annual Spring Awards Breakfast on June 7. Baraka was a visionary and influential leader who has made significant and long-lasting contributions to the field of public health and Boston at-large. He was the Executive Director and founder of Barak Community Wellness Center, a nonprofit dedicated to using its resources to foster wellness and co-design solutions to improve community health, particularly among low income communities of color. He was nominated by Nineequa Blanding of the Boston Foundation and five other colleagues who had worked with him and shared his commitment to health equity. Blanding presented the award.