BNHC recipients of the state’s loan repayment program celebrate with special guests. From left are recipient BNHC’s Linda Alvarez, Deputy CEO Maria Celli, Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kate Walsh, recipient Schneida Faustin, Mass League CEO Mike Curry, Sen. Stephen Lynch, recipient Kara Powell, CEO Sue Joss, recipient Mike McDonald, Mayor Bob Sullivan, and recipients Marleny DePina, Brian Kapfunde and Catherine Sugrue.
BNHC’s Kara Powell, RN, shares her story at the Mass. RePay event on Aug. 21, 2023.
Loan repayment recipients Mike McDonald and Linda Alvarez of BNHC react at co-worker Kara Powell shares her story.
CEO Sue Joss addresses the gathering as Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll and BNHC recipients Kara Powell, Mike McDonald and Linda Alvarez look on.
U.S. Rep. Steve Lynch thanks BNHC’s Mike McDonald, LICSW, after speaking.
U.S. Rep. Steve Lynch addresses the audience at BNHC’s conference room.
Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll, second from left, with BNHC’s Linda Alvarez, Kara Powell and Mike McDonald after the three spoke at the event.
Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll address the gathering and media.
BNHC’s Linda Alvarez shares her story.
BNHC’s Wadezah McCullough congratulates Mike McDonald after he spoke at the MA RePay event held Aug. 21, 2023, at BNHC.
Mike McDonald shares his story at the event.
Brockton Mayor Bob Sullivan addresses the audience as BNHC CEO Sue Joss and Mass. League President Michael Curry listen.
Loan repayment recipients Marleny DePina and Mike McDonald share a laugh after the event.
Kara Powell, RN, tells what the loan repayment program means to her.
Mass. League of Community Health Centers President Michael Curry meets with BNHC’s Mike McDonald.
MA Repay recipients Brian Kapfunde and Steve Coulombe react as BNHC’s Mike McDonald speaks.
Kara Powell, center, reacts as Mass. League President Michael Curry announces her.
From The Enterprise: Growing up, Kara Powell played organ at Central United Methodist. After earning her associate’s degree in nursing from Massasoit Community College, she worked with the homeless, who rely on services offered at the church.
On Aug. 21, Powell faced a roomful of politicians and TV cameras at BNHC’s conference room as she sketched the challenges she had to overcome to become a registered nurse with her hometown Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, including chronic disease and having to leave her job to care for family members.
But thanks to a state health-care loan repayment program, she and others like her won’t have to any longer.
Read the full article at The Enterprise: State repays student loans for community health care workers, including Brockton’s own