Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. Virginia's guest is Cathy O’Connor. Cathy O’Connor,MPA, is Director, Community Health Planning, Office of Health Planning, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Cathy has over 32 years of experience working in government agencies designing andmanaging collaborative programs that provide innovative approaches to improving public healthservices to residents of Massachusetts. She has extensive experience working with diverse groups,facilitating discussion and building consensus both within the organization and in the community. Her work is deeply motivated by a desire to assure that social justice and health equity are built intoall public health policies and that we, in government leadership positions, promoteenvironments that support healthy communities. This requires that those most affected by health,economic, educational challenges are integral in developing the solutions and become full partnersin efforts to improve theirlives.
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