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Mayor of Boston to be Honored at Commencement of Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, June 3, 2012

May 18, 2012–Boston (West Roxbury), MA–Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston, will be awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) at the commencement on Sunday, June 3 at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA. It is the highest award that a school can bestow and it is awarded for a distinguished lifetime contribution of service, scholarship and professional work by individuals of exceptional character. In addition, Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon General of the United States under President William J. Clinton, will be the keynote speaker and recipient of the Honorary Degree, as well as Dr. Hortensia Amaro and Richard Freedman.

WHAT: MSPP 2012 Commencement

WHERE: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA.

WHEN: Sunday, June 3 ,2012 at 11:00 am

A national leader on neighborhood issues, and elected five times as Mayor of Boston, Mayor Menino has put Boston at the national forefront of healthy, livable cities. In addition, through targeted and aggressive outreach, the Mayor has fought to reduce ethnic health disparities, combat substance abuse and promote health nutrition for both children and adults.

His administration is committed to bringing the city closer together across varied backgrounds. An early advocate for same-sex marriage, the Mayor also launched the Office of New Bostonians in 1998 to welcome immigrants and connect them to the cultural, economic and academic fabric of the city.

As a recipient of the MSPP Doctor of Humane Letters degree, MSPP President, Nicholas Covino, states of the Mayor’s achievements: “Mayor Menino is celebrated for his vision and leadership. His capacity to plan, engage and motivate others is transforming Boston. His humanity, social inclusiveness, and his singular commitment to bring equal access to health care for all citizens is exemplary. Many in the city credit him with single-handedly extending access to critical healthcare services to the poor.”

“I am honored and grateful to be receiving an honorary degree from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “I have long believed in building communities, and in the city of Boston we have tried to build communities that are welcoming to all cultures and lifestyles, and where education and access to quality healthcare are paramount.”

In order to preserve health care access for some of the city’s most vulnerable people, Mayor Menino helped broker the merger of Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center Hospital to create the Boston Medical Center (BMC) in 1996. Emphasizing community-based care, the BMC is the largest safety-net hospital in New England, as well as the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services.

More recently, Mayor Menino and the Boston Public Health Commission launched NeighborCare in 2011 to expand and improve access to community health centers and to reduce the use of emergency departments for non-emergency care. In March, 2012, the Mayor and the Boston Public Health Commission were joined by nine Boston Hospitals, 24 local community health centers and five health plans to announce that significant progress has been made on the NeighborCare initiative.

About MSPP—Founded in 1974 as an independent graduate school of psychology, MSPP provides unique training programs for mental health professionals at the doctoral, master's and certificate level, each designed to immerse students in both academic study and real-life clinical experience. Constantly assessing and evolving to meet the needs of the needs of a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society, MSPP currently offers programs to train highly skilled professionals to care for Latinos, veterans, children and adolescents and families in a variety of settings, including the schools, the courts, the community and the workplace, among others.

Updated 6/25/12

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