2017 MHSA Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is a time for us to reflect on the successes of the past year and look ahead at next steps toward our mission to end homelessness.

HONORING

United Health Foundation
Recipient of the Cornerstone Award

Commissioner Joan Mikula
Department of Mental Health
Recipient of the Canon Brian S. Kelley Public Servant Award

Jayms Battaglia
Campus and Community Coordinator
University Lutheran Church / Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
Recipient of the Ed O'Neil Award

Learn about this year's honorees!

 

 
 

 

HONOREES

 

 
Recipient of the Cornerstone Award

Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed nearly $358 million to programs and communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthgroup.com/SocialResponsibility.

 


Commissioner Joan Mikula
Department of Mental Health
Recipient of the Canon Brian S. Kelley Public Servant Award

Joan Mikula was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) on May 11, 2015.

Commissioner Mikula has worked for DMH since 1985, serving as Deputy and Assistant Commissioner of the Department’s Child and Adolescent Services Division. She has dedicated her career to ensuring that children, youth, families and adults have every opportunity to participate in their growth and recovery and to be successful in their homes, schools and communities.  Passionate about family voice and choice among individuals served and their families, Commissioner Mikula’s experience in education, child welfare and juvenile justice as well as mental health administration in the private sector is significant and has guided the Department during her tenure. She brings a strong foundation of building collaborative partnerships which underscore the importance of culture and community in effective prevention, early intervention and treatment approaches that can make a difference in people’s lives.

 

 


Jayms Battaglia
Campus and Community Coordinator
University Lutheran Church / Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
Recipient of the Ed O'Neil Award

Jayms began her career in 1992 as a community organizer with the Healthy Boston Coalition of GLBTQ Youth while also working with the Commission of GLBT Youth to advocate for the first legislation in the country banning discrimination against gay and lesbian students in public high schools. She was a co-founder of the Out Youth for GLBT Youth of Peterborough, NH before going on to work with young people in Roxbury and Boston at Urban Ministry and Girl Scouts of Eastern MA. Jayms joined University Lutheran Church in 2003, bringing her years of experience working with students, teenagers and community members. Recently, Jayms has served as an advisory board member for the Y2Y shelter and co-founder of a newly soon to gather youth group for GLBTQ in Stoneham, MA. Over her years at University Lutheran Church, Jayms has been a supporter and mentor to the many students who work and volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. 

 

For more information about this event, please contact Meg Hoffman at mhoffman@mhsa.net or 617-367-6447 x18.