Baril, a Dorchester resident and director of the Boston Public Health
Commission’s REACH US program, was recently honored with a “Hero Among
Us” award by the Boston Celtics. The award is presented to individuals
who, through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made
exceptional and lasting contributions to the community.
“Nashira has worked tirelessly to eliminate racial and ethnic health
disparities,” said Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston
Public Health Commission. “She has helped us make tremendous progress
in closing the gap.”
Under Baril’s leadership, REACH has touched the lives of more than
8,000 women and families by providing health education workshops,
wellness seminars and direct health services to those in need. Last
year, she led the city’s effort to get the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to designate Boston as a Center of Excellence in
the Elimination of Disparities.
Baril started her public health career as a case manager at the
Brookside Community Health Center in Jamaica Plain. She joined the
Commission’s REACH program in 2001 and became its director in 2005.
“It is an honor to receive this award,” Baril said. “I accept it on
behalf of our dedicated REACH members and staff whose commitment has
made the progress we’ve made in eliminating health disparities
The Heroes Among Us program is one of the premier community outreach
programs in professional sports. Established as an initiative of the
Boston Celtics in 1997, Heroes Among Us honors individuals who have
made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others. At each home game,
the Celtics and their fans have saluted the exemplary efforts of these
citizens during a special in-game presentation on the legendary parquet
To date, over 380 individuals have received Heroes Among Us awards.