In the news: Christine Pajarillo
Christine Pajarillo has been named the vice president of Programs and Social Services at Whittier Street Health Center. As head of the Social Services Department, Pajarillo will oversee Behavioral Health, Youth Services, Infectious Disease and Special Populations, WIC, Nutrition, Food Pantry, Community Garden, Fitness Center, Community Outreach, Support and Education and the Department of Children and Families funded Lower Roxbury Coalition.
She held the title of Director of Behavioral Health from 2015-2020, and is a member of Whittier’s Executive Leadership team.
“Christine Pajarillo is a gifted and compassionate caregiver and leader who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to implement and lead high quality and culturally sensitive programs and social services to improve the overall health and well-being of our diverse patient population,” said Chief Executive Officer Frederica M. Williams. “During the 15 years that she has served our patients, I have been pleased with her commitment and grateful for her service.”
Pajarillo has participated in the successful accreditation process for the center’ Behavioral Health Department’s Joint Commission and NCQA Behavioral Health Integration recognition. As Director of Behavioral Health, Pajarillo’s extensive experience in the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in women informed her work as the clinical lead of the Boston Public Health Commission funded Roxbury Neighborhood Trauma Team, and in the development and implementation of Whittier’s Mom’s Do Care Program, which provides wrap-around recovery support for pregnant or parenting women with opioid use disorder.
Under Pajarillo’s leadership, in 2018, the Crossroads Group, Inc. recognized Whittier as having the top-scoring Behavioral Health service in their nationwide database in terms of overall patient satisfaction among organizations using the same standardized questionnaire and methodology.