Myriam Hernandez Jennings

Consumer and Community Engagement Advisor, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation

Myriam Hernandez Jennings is an advisor for the Center’s work on consumer and community engagement working to build collaborative relationships with health plans and providers, hospitals, state agencies and others who serve vulnerable populations. Myriam provides skill-building, training and strategic guidance to support efforts aimed at engaging consumers in order to improve health care services and the overall health of vulnerable populations.

Myriam comes with a background in public health and community well-being, and has most recently worked at the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers as its Director of Policy & Organizing. Born in Chile, Myriam credits the cruel dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet with catalyzing her active and lifelong commitment to community organizing, social, political and economic justice, starting at the age of 12. She is profoundly moved and influenced by liberation theology, and has more than 15 years of experience applying its theory in the public health field, including leading the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, as their Executive Director, and in her role as the National Project Director for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Teenage Pregnancy Prevention project, working as the Director of Diversity and Health Equity Center at the JSI Research & Training Institute in Boston, and being a board member of the feminist collective Our Bodies Ourselves, where she edited the first Spanish edition of their best-selling guide to women’s health and well-being.

Myriam has an MA in Theology from Andover Newton Theological School, a certificate in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health, and she is certified in HIV/AIDS & Substance Abuse Education through Boston University's School of Medicine and Public Health.

Community Catalyst works to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill.

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