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Jessica Collins
Executive Director

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 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.  Ms. Collins also serves as the Co-Director of the BeHealthy Partnership, the ACO made up of Health New England, Baystate Health and Caring Health Center.  Before moving to Western MA, Ms. Collins led the nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention efforts  "Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart. Play Hard." And 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 served last year on  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 social justice, walking, and spending time with her family.