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Hubbard honored with Front Lines Award

SPRINGFIELD Calling her a "true pioneer in countless social change movements," Springfield resident Frances Hubbard is being honored by the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) with their 2008 Front Lines Award. Hubbard's achievements were recognized at MPHA's annual "Our Health, Our Future" ceremony in Boston on Friday. "As a passionate activist and dedicated educator, Frances continues to inspire and motivate change in her community and beyond," AJ Juarez, MPHA's Western Massachusetts Community Organizer, said. "Hubbard has been a key ally in MPHA's work to protect the health and safety of our communities, workplaces and environment." Hubbard serves as historian of the Greater Springfield Community Health Network Area (CHNA #4) and works with the Springfield Adolescent Health Project to address issues affecting teenagers in Springfield. She is also a consultant and educator at Baystate's Brightwood Health Center. Hubbard was a founding member of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, R.W.D.S.U., A.F.L.-C.I.O., 1199, New York. She later served as a delegate organizer, area director/vice president and member of 1199. In addition, Hubbard taught Community Health and Social Medicine at the Sophie Davis School for Biomedical Education at the City College of New York, and Black/Africana studies in the Black Studies Department. She also taught Occupational Safety and Health for the Howard University School of Public Administration. Hubbard's advocacy took her abroad as well. Hubbard went on two commissions to El Salvador (1980, 1983) and participated in the United States/Canadian Delegation to Nicaragua (1982), the Academic Women's Tour of China (1980), and the Board of Global Ministries Delegation to West Africa (1983). She was the guest of the University of Tokyo, Department of Economics and the Japan Peace Council in her trip to Japan (1980). Hubbard served on the Massachusetts Board of the Haymarket People's Fund for five years and currently serves on the boards of the Spanish American Union and the Performance Project as well as as the regional board of the United Methodist Church. To learn more about the Massachusetts Public Health Association, visit www.mphaweb.org.