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PRESS RELEASE- Local Woman Appointed to Statewide Health Policy Council: Downing's recommendation for Appointment Endorsed by Senate President
July 11, 2007

Pittsfield- Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that Pittsfield resident Elizabeth Baldwin, Program Manager for the REACH Community Health Foundation in North Adams, has been appointed by Senate President Therese Murray to the Massachusetts Health Disparities Council.


“When nominating Elizabeth Baldwin, I knew she would be a natural choice for this appointment,” remarked Downing.  “Having a representative from Berkshire County on the Health Disparities Council who is in tune with the gaps in the health care delivery system will be a tremendous asset to the Council.  I congratulate Ms. Baldwin on this notable achievement.”


The Health Disparities Council, as defined in statute (Subsection 16O of Section 3 of Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006), is a 34 member Council tasked with examining and making recommendations to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services regarding the reduction and elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in health care and health outcomes within the Commonwealth.  The Health Disparities Council also addresses diversity in the health care workforce including doctors, nurses, and physician assistants, and makes recommendations on strategies to increase the health care workforce.  Of these 34 members, four are appointed by the Senate President and must represent communities that are disproportionately affected by health disparities. 


The statute outlining the Health Disparities Council is available at:




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