Politics and Policy to Create a Healthier World: Lessons Learned from Two Decades of Legislative Experience.
4:30–6:30 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
72 East Concord Street
Services for deaf and hard-of-hearing people provided.
Livestreaming Available During Event
Jeffrey Sánchez spent over 16 years in the Massachusetts House, where he served as both Health Care Financing Committee and Public Health Committee chair. A Jamaica Plain resident, Sánchez also worked for Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, running the city’s efforts around the 2000 Census. Drawing on these two decades of experience, Sánchez will discuss leading and enacting change and how that can lead to the creation of a healthier world.
Cohosted with the Activist Lab.
Please join us for the reception hosted by the Activist Lab following the presentation to learn about legislative priorities and advocacy opportunities across the field of Public Health.
Jeffrey Sánchez, Massachusetts House of Representatives, former Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, and current Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Throughout his time in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Representative Sánchez has emphasized bringing people together to work out their differences and pass laws that improve the lives of residents in the Commonwealth. He played a role passing healthcare reform in 2006, which has brought health insurance to 98% of the state’s population and served as a model for the Affordable Care Act, successfully defeated efforts to repeal gay marriage, championed comprehensive criminal justice reform policies and funding to help people turn their lives around, and voted for Massachusetts’ strongest-in-the-nation gun control legislation, including a ban on bump stocks. And, he has been a successful advocate for English language learners: after filing legislation for 15 years, the Governor signed the Language Opportunities for Our Kids Act, which will improve education for English language learners across Massachusetts.
Previously, Jeffrey served as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and the Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health as well as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development. He worked for Boston Mayor Thomas Michael Menino from 1995 to 2001, and ran the 2000 Census for the City of Boston. He attended Roxbury Community College and received his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston before earning his Masters of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Sánchez also serves as an instructor at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He currently lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Brenda, and two daughters.
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