Education MSW, Boston University MPH, Boston University
Abigail Ortiz, MSW, MPH, has worked at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center (SJPHC) since 2003. She has more than 17 years of experience working with youth, youth organizing, and teaching. She has master’s degrees in social work and public health from Boston University with a focus on program management, community organizing, and racial justice and equity. She is committed to eliminating racial inequities in health through public health strategies; community engagement; and youth-driven, youth-authored programs. As Director of Community Health Programs, Ortiz currently oversees numerous health promotion programs and has extended SJPHC’s youth programming and engagement by expanding their peer leadership model and further developing relationships with community partners. Ortiz oversees the Health Promotion Center, next door to the health center, where a number of in- and out-of-house public health initiatives are offered, such as family planning, nutrition and movement classes, youth employment organizing, and The Jamaica Plain Racial Justice and Equity Collaborative and the Racial Reconciliation and Healing Team. Ortiz facilitates trainings on health equity, the impact of racism on health, and racial justice framing.
She is the recipient of multiple awards and honors, including Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 recognition for social entrepreneurship in 2013, the 2010 Change Maker Award from The City School, and the Hubie Jones Urban Service Award from Boston University School of Social Work in 2008.