Robert Torres, a 2015 graduate of the master of public administration (MPA) program at the McCormack Graduate School, has been chosen for the next cohort of 40 Culture of Health Leaders, a leadership development initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Torres will join leaders from across the country to collaborate and innovate to solve persistent challenges and advance a culture of health—one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life.
As part of the program, Torres, the director of community engagement at Urban Edge, will help bridge the health care gap for residents in the Jackson Square and Egleston Square neighborhoods of Boston by providing trauma and other health services. He will do so by working with elected officials, community organizations, and resident leaders to address major issues regarding crime, housing conditions, and quality of life that will positively impact the entire city, and eventually will lead to positive health and education outcomes.
Along the way, he will develop high-level leadership skills through professional coaching, mentoring, networking, and an advanced leadership curriculum. While participating in the program, he will continue working full-time, applying new knowledge and leadership in his workplace and community.
Christine Thurlow Brenner, chair of the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, notes, “The faculty of the MPA program and I are delighted for Robert. We know this leadership program will help him in his goal of positively impacting healthcare in Boston.”
Reflecting on the first-rate graduate training he obtained in the public administration program, Torres states, “The work I did at the McCormack Graduate School was a very important part of my path into this prestigious program. Thank you for the quality program you've designed at the McCormack School. I couldn't have done it without the education I've received at UMass Boston.”
The Culture of Health Leaders program is co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION. Partners providing training and coaching to leaders include the American Planning Association, Build Healthy Places Network, Center for Creative Leadership, Institute for Alternative Futures, and Leadership Learning Community.