MPHA to honor Plymouth health director

PLYMOUTH — The Massachusetts Public Health Association will honor Plymouth Health Director Nate Horwitz-Willis at its 17th annual Spring Award Breakfast on June 7.

Horwitz-Willis is being awarded as a rising star in the field of public health in Massachusetts. He has strengthened the Health Department’s internal and external communications, engaged in greater community outreach, and formed new partnerships with local institutions to strengthen local public health in Plymouth.

Presenting the award will be Horwitz-Willis’ previous commanding officer in the Air Force, Alesia C. Ferguson, now an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Built Environment at North Carolina A&T. Horwitz-Willis credits Ferguson with helping him to pursue his doctorate of Public Health.

“Nate is an inspiring young leader destined to be remembered as a great contributor in the field of public health. With a big heart and a warm personality, he has the ability to draw people into this circle,” said Ferguson in a statement.

Horwitz-Willis was nominated for this award by his friend and professional colleague, Plymouth Board of Health Vice Chairman Barry Potvin.

“Plymouth is so fortunate to have such a forward-looking, dedicated and energetic public health leader,” said Potvin.

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