The 2016 Kraft Center Symposium

June 24, 2016
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA

Presenters and Participants




Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH
Executive Director
Kraft Center for Community Health Leadership

DERRI SHTASEL, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health, serves as the Michele and Howard J. Kessler Chair and Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Public and Community Psychiatry, and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In her dual leadership roles Dr. Shtasel focuses on strengthening relationships among community health centers, community mental health centers and academic medical centers, enhancing fellowship and residency education in community sites, increasing access to care for underserved and marginalized populations and narrowing the gap between community health and academic medicine. Her work is informed by a public health perspective and commitment to social justice. Her clinical work has centered on persons with severe mental illness and homelessness. Dr. Shtasel is a recipient of an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Jim O'Connell Award from the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless as well as the 2014 MGH Department of Psychiatry Clinical Mentorship Award. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College, Temple University School of Medicine, NYU/Bellevue Psychiatry Residency Training, and the Harvard School of Public Health.





Josh Kraft
Nicholas President & CEO
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

JOSH KRAFT, Nicholas President and CEO, is in his 25th year of serving youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Prior to accepting his current role in 2008, he was the Founding Executive Director of BGCB's Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club in Chelsea. For 15 years, he led the after-school program from the basement of a public housing development, until the current state-of-the-art building could be built. Josh serves on the boards of Beaver Country Day School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as teh Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, is an Overseer for the Museum of Science and Lasell College, and is also a volunteer soccer coach in Newton. He received his Bachelor's from Williams College and his Masters in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  

Greetings from the City of Boston



Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH
Executive Director
Boston Public Health Commission 

MONICA VALDES LUPI, JD, MPH, joined the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) as Executive Director in February 2016 where she manages a $162M budget and leads 1,100 employees. In addition to operating a broad range of public health programs, the BPHC includes Boston Emergency Medical Services, school-based health centers, several substance abuse treatment facilities, and the largest homeless services program in New England. In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Valdes Lupi serves as the key advisor to Mayor Walsh on health issues and continues to build innovative partnerships across city agencies to leverage strategic opportunities for housing, economic development, transportation, education and environmental policies to positively impact the health of all Boston residents, Prior to joining BPHC, Ms. Valdes Lupi served as the Chief Program Officer for the Health Systems Transformation team at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and was formerly the Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) before joining ASTHO. She also served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner John Auerbach at BPHC where she managed the City’s campaign to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities and oversaw the distribution of nearly $2 million in grants aimed at improving the health for Boston’s most vulnerable residents. Ms. Valdes Lupi worked previously at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers as a policy analyst where she coordinated the activities for the Boston Conference of Community Health Centers. She received her JD from the Dickinson School of Law, her MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health, and her BA from Bryn Mawr College.

Keynote Speaker



John Auerbach, MBA
Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Acting Director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support

JOHN AUERBACH, MBA,  is the Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Acting Director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). He oversees the Office of the Associate Director for Policy which focuses on the promotion of public health and prevention as components of health care and payment reform and health system transformation. As the Acting OSTLTS Director he oversees key activities and technical assistance that support the nation’s health departments and the public health system. Prior to his appointment at CDC, he was a Distinguished Professor of Practice in Health Sciences and the Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University from 2012 to 2014  He was the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2012. Under his leadership the Department developed new and innovative programs to address racial and ethnic disparities, to promote wellness (including the Mass in Motion campaign), to combat chronic disease and to support the successful implementation of the state’s health care reform initiative.  Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Auerbach had been the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission for 9 years during which time health equity, emergency preparedness and tobacco prevention became priorities. In addition to the city’s public health programs, he oversaw Emergency Medical Services, homeless services and substance abuse services for Boston. He had previously worked at the State Health Department for a decade, first as the Chief of Staff and later as an Assistant Commissioner overseeing the HIV/AIDS Bureau during the early years of the epidemic.

Kraft Center Graduate Presentations




Tiffany Blake-Lamb, MD, MSc
Kraft Fellow and OB/Gyn, MGH Revere

TIFFANY BLAKE-LAMB, MD, MSC,  is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist at MGH who completed her clinical experience during the Kraft Fellowship at the MGH Revere Health Center. Tiffany attended the University of Arizona for undergraduate and medical school and earned a MSc in Society, Human Development, and Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Following graduation from medical school, Tiffany completed the Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham & Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Tiffany’s Kraft project positioned her as the Obstetrics program leader and the clinician champion at MGH Revere for the First 1000 Days program, an intervention funded by the Boston Foundation that utilizes Collective Impact strategies to create systems-level changes at community health centers during prenatal and the first two years of pediatric care. These system-level changes are designed to decrease risk factors for development of childhood obesity in high-risk communities. After finishing the Kraft Fellowship, Tiffany plans to complete the final years of the First 1000 Days program, as well as pursue additional research interests in prenatal substance use, while continuing to provide clinical care for women at the MGH Revere Health Center.

 photo of Alex Keuroghlian


Alex Keuroghlian MD, MSc, MPH
Kraft Fellow and Psychiatrist, Fenway Health

ALEX KEUROGHLIAN, MD, MSC, MPH,  is a psychiatrist who completed his clinical experience at Fenway Health during the Kraft Fellowship. Alex received a BS in Biology from York University and an MSc in Neuroscience from Stanford University. After receiving his MD from Stanford University, Alex completed his internship at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident of Public and Community Psychiatry. Alex’s Kraft project, focused on HIV prevention for male-to-female transgender women, incorporates cognitive-behavioral treatments for substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress with strategies for pre-exposure prophylaxis adherence and sexual decision making. Through the project, Alex hopes to address transgender women’s significantly high rates of HIV. With support from the Trefler Foundation’s gift to the Kraft Center for cancer-related work, Alex has also implemented a health center project to enhance Human Papillomavirus screening and vaccination to prevent squamous cell carcinoma among sexual and gender minority patients at Fenway Health. After his Kraft Fellowship he plans to remain at Fenway Health and also direct the public and community psychiatry didactic curriculum for MGH/McLean resident physicians.

Closing Remarks




David Torchiana, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Partners HealthCare

DAVID TORCHIANA, MD,  is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Partners HealthCare, an integrated not-for-profit academic health system founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 1994. In addition to its two academic medical centers, Partners includes McLean Hospital, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network of post-acute institutional and home care services, six community hospitals, Neighborhood Health Plan (a non-profit health insurance company), and a community physician network. Partners also includes the Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school that is a subsidiary of MGH with 1,200 students in nursing and other allied-health professions.

Dr. Torchiana graduated from Yale College in 1976, was a Churchill scholar at Cambridge University in 1977, and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1981. He completed residences in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the MGH before joining the Department of Surgery in 1989. Dr. Torchiana became Chief of Cardiac Surgery at MGH in 1998 and Chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization in 2003. His principal career interest has been to make healthcare better and more cost effective. He was appointed as President and CEO of Partners HealthCare in March 2015.