In the news: Phillomin Laptiste
Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently nominated Phillomin Laptiste to the Board of Health, the governing body of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). Laptiste brings extensive experience in community engagement and constituency building to the Board, and currently serves as the executive director of the Bowdoin Street Health Center, a community health center in Dorchester. Her appointment requires City Council approval.
“It is an honor to nominate Phillomin to be appointed to the Board of Health,” Walsh said. “She is a notable advocate in creating a healthy, peaceful, and safe community through resident engagement. I am confident Phillomin will be a great addition to the Board as she understands the importance of creating social and physical environments that promote health for everyone.”
Born and raised on Bowdoin Street, Laptiste served as manager of community health, operations manager and associate director at Bowdoin Street Health Center prior to being appointed to executive director. In her current role, she oversees health center operations and develops, implements, and evaluates health center programs in response to changing community and patient needs. She supervises BSHC’s administrative staff, medical staff, and nursing management, and manages all external relationships and marketing efforts.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity,” Laptiste said. “Having worked closely with the Boston Public Health Commission over the last ten years in both a programmatic and advocacy capacity, I’m very excited to continue this work on a broader scale to impact change and ensure equity in the City of Boston.”
Laptiste graduated from Boston Latin School, holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Communications from Emerson College and master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Suffolk University. In 2015, she graduated with a certificate from the Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership, one of only 19 professionals in the state to participate in this program.