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Congratulations to 2016 CHW of the Year Award Winner Troix Bettencourt!

MACHW’s CHW of the Year award was announced at the 7th Annual Patient Navigator/Community Health Worker Conference on May 12.  Troix Bettencourt, has worked for the Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) for eight years as Senior Case Manager for Project Housing, Engagement, and Assistance in Lowell (HEAL), a Shelter Plus Care program, and more recently with IHR’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, also in Lowell. In this capacity, Troix provides supportive case management, which includes assisting HIV positive clients with housing, as well as addressing their medical needs, and facilitating client access to vocational and social opportunities.  He also possesses a long history of selfless dedication to the health and well-being of disadvantaged members of the community.
As a thoughtful and fearless leader, who has set high standards of excellence, we were proud to present him with this award as appreciation from us all.

Honorary Mentions were given to CHWs Casandra V. Farguheson from the Lynn Community Health Center and Nathalie Bazil from the Boston Public Health Commission for their excellence in coaching clients to better health.

Other award winners included a tie between the Fishing Partnership Support Services in and the Vietnamese Health Project from the Greater Springfield area, both winners for the Outstanding CHW Program Award.  An Honorary Mention was given to JRI Health PACT Program in Boston, as a program that optimizes the work and impact of CHWs.  In addition, Emily Johnson, from Lynn Community Health Center, was awarded Outstanding CHW Supervisor of the Year for her excellence in supervising and promoting the work of CHWs.  Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, founding leader of MACHW, was awarded the Outstanding CHW Advocate of the Year Award with gratitude for her long-time leadership, advocacy and inspiration for CHWs in Massachusetts.

Many thanks to MACHW’s Advisory Board members for helping in this competitive process.


Vietnamese Health Project, Greater Springfield area




 JRI Health PACT Program, Boston