Jessica J. Collins, MS
Jessica Collins has over twenty years of experience in domestic and international community health leading communities to create and sustain programmatic, policy and infrastructure change that supports quality of life. Ms. Collins is the Executive Director at Partners for a Healthier Community, the public health institute of Western MA leading initiatives that address public health issues that stem from unjust systems and policies such as Live Well Springfield, Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition, YEAH! Network and the BEST Oral Health program recognized as a national best practice. Partners for a Healthier Community leads work addressing the racial hierarchy in our society and released the first Springfield Health Equity Report highlighting alarming health disparities in our region. Ms. Collins’ main focus and passion are the issues of nutrition, physical activity, and environmental change improvements. Ms. Collins has been a leader in childhood obesity prevention through community based participatory research. She was the Project Manager at Tufts University’s “Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart. Play Hard.” study, nationally recognized for the successful results of effectively reducing BMI-z score in high risk 1st-3rd grade students in the Somerville Public Schools. She was also the Project Manager at the Institute for Community Health, overseeing a pilot study that sent health report cards with height, weight and fitness data home to parents in the Cambridge Public Schools, which has now become a nationally recommended obesity prevention strategy. She currently serves as the Board Chair for the Massachusetts Public Health Association and was appointed earlier this year to Governor Baker's Special Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention. Ms. Collins has a Master’s Degree in Applied Nutrition and Food Policy from Tufts University. Jessica is passionate about walking, enjoying locally grown food and spending time with her family.