Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers http://www.maps-inc.org Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:58:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres named MAPS Person of the Year http://www.maps-inc.org/u-n-secretary-general-antonio-guterres-named-maps-person-of-the-year/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:10:27 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2318 O JORNAL

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António Guterres, secretário-geral das Nações Unidas, nomeado “MAPS Pessoa do Ano 2018” http://www.maps-inc.org/antonio-guterres-secretario-geral-das-nacoes-unidas-nomeado-maps-pessoa-do-ano-2018/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:10:01 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2316 Portuguese Times

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António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, named MAPS 2018 Person of the Year http://www.maps-inc.org/antonio-guterres-secretary-general-of-the-united-nations-named-maps-2018-person-of-the-year/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:40:51 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2297 The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers will honor the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal, with the MAPS’ 2018 Person of the Year Award at the organization’s 2018 Awards Gala on April 28, in Cambridge. Before being appointed as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Portuguese diplomat […]]]>

The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers will honor the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal, with the MAPS’ 2018 Person of the Year Award at the organization’s 2018 Awards Gala on April 28, in Cambridge.

Before being appointed as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Portuguese diplomat and politician served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015. During this period, he played a key role in dealing with a massive refugee crisis triggered by conflicts and crises in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and Yemen. Mr. Guterres served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor.

“We are ecstatic to be able to honor Secretary-General Guterres for his exemplary career in service to the people of Portugal—and now, all nations,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “The MAPS Person of the Year Award is our way of honoring him for his outstanding career in government and diplomacy, and extraordinary devotion to humanitarian principles—a great source of pride for the Portuguese-speaking communities that MAPS has served for nearly 50 years.”

Past Person of the Year Award recipients include well-known world banker and philanthropist Lawrence K. Fish; David Simas, former Assistant to President Barack Obama and current CEO of the Obama Foundation; and the late Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino.

Everyone is invited to attend the MAPS 2018 Awards Gala, a black tie-optional event with a red carpet arrival, banquet, awards ceremony, silent auction, dancing, entertainment and much more. The audience will include more than 400 distinguished business and community leaders, elected officials and other health and human service providers.

The other previously announced 2018 honorees are Dr. Lourenço Garcia, Principal of the Revere High School, Community Service Award; Osvalda Rodrigues, MA, former Program Director at MAPS, Lifetime Community Service Award; Fernando Castro, philanthropist and owner of Income Tax Plus, Outstanding Business Award; and Regina Rodrigues, a longtime volunteer with the MAPS HIV/ STI Services, Outstanding Volunteer Award.

The event will be presented once again by Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners Apres, Cafua, Couto and Riverside Management Groups, and Fernando Sardinha Administration, Diamond level sponsors.

Click here for Gala Sponsorship Opportunities, RSVP and more information.

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MAPS announces award winners http://www.maps-inc.org/maps-announces-award-winners-2/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:43:07 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2260 O JORNAL

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MAPS announces award winners http://www.maps-inc.org/maps-announces-award-winners/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:41:59 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2258 O JORNAL

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Meet Four of our MAPS 2018 Gala Award Recipients http://www.maps-inc.org/meet-four-of-our-maps-2018-gala-award-recipients/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:10:17 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2171 The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) has selected four of the five individuals to be honored at the non-profit health and social services provider’s 2018 Awards Gala on April 28th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA. The event will once again be supported and presented by Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners Apres, Cafua, […]]]>

The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) has selected four of the five individuals to be honored at the non-profit health and social services provider’s 2018 Awards Gala on April 28th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA. The event will once again be supported and presented by Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners Apres, Cafua, Couto and Riverside Management Groups, Diamond level sponsors.

The MAPS Jorge Fidalgo Community Service Award will be presented to Dr. Lourenço Garcia, Principal of the Revere High School. Dr. Garcia is a nationally recognized and award-winning educational leader with more than twenty-four years of teaching, research, leadership, and consultancy experience. A Cape Verdean-American, Dr. Garcia has restructured the school by designing and implementing innovative, student-centered, and results-driven structures and programs rooted in the 21st century learning model. Under his leadership, the school has won various prestigious awards, including the Schools of Opportunity National Award (Gold, 2016) and the Best Urban High School in America (Gold Medal, 2014).

Osvalda Rodrigues, MA, a former Program Director at MAPS, will receive the MAPS Mary & Manuel Rogers Lifetime Community Service Award. During her time working with the health and social services organization, Rodrigues, a Portuguese-American, was instrumental in growing the MAPS’ Domestic Violence program, adding support services for victims of sexual assault, and planning and implementing many other events and programs.

The MAPS Álvaro Lima Outstanding Business Award will honor Fernando Castro. One of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Brazilian community in Massachusetts, Castro is the owner of Income Tax Plus and other businesses, and a philanthropist who has helped many organizations in the area, such as the Brazilian Women’s Group and the Brazilian Immigrant Center. He is also a co-founder of the “Digaai Space” in Boston, an organization that aims to aggregate and curate Brazilian cultural manifestations abroad, serving as a bridge for Brazilian immigrant communities across the world.

MAPS will award the MAPS Manuel N. Coutinho Outstanding Volunteer Award to Regina Rodrigues. A native of Brazil, Regina has been doing volunteer work for many years with several different community organizations. Since 2015, she has been a regular volunteer with the MAPS HIV/ STI Services, collaborating with the organization’s team of Community Health Workers and supporting MAPS ‘mission of building and growing a healthy community.

Final details regarding the MAPS 2018 Person of the Year Award are under way, and the award recipient will be announced soon.

“The theme for this year’s Gala is ‘Diversity’, and we’re very excited to have such a wonderful and diverse group of extraordinary award recipients,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “Their stories are ones of hard work, persistence and dedication to our communities, and we can’t wait to honor them at our 2018 Gala.”

The organization is still looking for more sponsors for the April 28th event. There are six different sponsorship levels available, with a different set of benefits, and any business or organization interested in sponsoring may contact Andrew Carten, Development Manager, at (617) 864-7600, or download the sponsorship form here.

The MAPS Awards Gala is a black tie-optional event with an elegant red carpet arrival, banquet, awards ceremony, silent auction, dancing, entertainment and much more. The audience will include more than 400 members and leaders of the Brazilian, Cabo Verdean and Portuguese communities, business owners, elected officials and other health and human service providers.

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Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund to award scholarships to two Portuguese-Americans studying Medicine http://www.maps-inc.org/dr-edward-leitao-memorial-scholarship-fund-to-award-scholarships-to-two-portuguese-americans-studying-medicine/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:52:21 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2262 O JORNAL

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Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund to Award Scholarships to 2 Portuguese-Americans Studying Medicine http://www.maps-inc.org/2076/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:09:52 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2076 The Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund will award two $2,000 scholarships to Portuguese-American medical resident Tracey DaFonte and medical student Bryan Rego, according to Dr. Helena Santos-Martins, Chair of the Dr. Leitão Memorial Fund Committee.  The scholarships will be presented at an Awards Luncheon on January 28, at 1 PM at the Sunset Café […]]]>

Tracey DaFonte

Bryan Rego

The Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund will award two $2,000 scholarships to Portuguese-American medical resident Tracey DaFonte and medical student Bryan Rego, according to Dr. Helena Santos-Martins, Chair of the Dr. Leitão Memorial Fund Committee.  The scholarships will be presented at an Awards Luncheon on January 28, at 1 PM at the Sunset Café Restaurant, 851 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.

The community is invited to attend the Dr. Leitão Scholarship Awards Luncheon, which will also serve as a fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund. The price per person is $50 (free for children under 12). For more information, please contact Dr. Santos-Martins, by emailing drleitaofund@gmail.com.  For reservations, please contact Lucinda Morais, MAPS Administrative Manager, at 617-864-7600, or lmorais@maps-inc.org.

According to Dr. Santos-Martins, “These scholarships provide much-needed support for our future Portuguese-American physicians. We strive to continue to grow our Scholarship Fund in order to increase the number and amount of the scholarships, as well as to encourage and nurture Portuguese-American students to pursue a career in Medicine and deliver culturally and linguistically sensitive care to our Portuguese-speaking communities.”

A daughter of immigrants from northern Portugal, DaFonte is a 1st-year pediatric resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Pediatrics Residency Program in Worcester, MA.

“My desire is to help Portuguese-speaking patients express their medical needs and worries and to offer them patient care that is respectful of their culture and values,” she told the Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee. Tracey grew up in Norwood, Massachusetts and graduated from the Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont in 2017. She had previously worked in research at Tufts Medical School and volunteered at their free clinics in Malden, providing services in Portuguese.

Rego, of Fall River and of Azorean background, is a 2nd-year medical student at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has travelled to Lisbon this past summer to study how Portugal has reversed its addictions epidemic and he is working on the opioid epidemic in his local area. In addition to working on publishing a scholarly paper on this subject and writing for the Fall River Herald News on this topic, Bryan has also started a Portuguese elective at his medical school.

“The sense of community instilled in me by my heritage is one that I believe will empower me to impart real change in immigrant communities,” Rego told the committee.

The Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund, fiscally managed by the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), was created in 2015 in the name of the well-respected and beloved physician, who passed away that year. It aims to fill the urgent need for more Portuguese-American medical professionals in the Portuguese-speaking communities of New England. To donate to the Scholarship Fund, please visit http://www.maps-inc.org/dr-edward-leitao-memorial-fund/.

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Community Health Worker/ Full-Time (35 hours minimum per week) http://www.maps-inc.org/community-health-worker-full-time-35-hours-minimum-per-week/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:58:07 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2013 This position coordinates health education activities for Portuguese-speaking men, living in the Greater Boston area. The primary responsibilities of this full-time Community Health Worker are to:

  1. Identify and reach target population, geographic areas, venues/settings and peak times in the targeted areas that are at high risk for transmission of HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis.
  2. Maintain a flexible weekly schedule to include days, nights, and weekends as necessary to deliver services to target population at most risk.
  3. Work as part of a team with health educators and community volunteers to develop strategies for providing prevention and education to identified populations.
  4. Recruit and establish relationships with volunteers
  5. Work in teams with designated program staff to provide mobile CTR and STI activities such as community level interventions and large events.
  6. Conduct brief and comprehensive HIV/STI/VHP risk assessments. Develop an individualized risk reduction plan.
  7. Screen for HIV/STI/VHP via collection processing, packaging and submission of blood and urine specimens to State Laboratory.
  8. Distribute educational and harm reduction materials including condoms, lube, and printed material.
  9. Assess and prioritize need for supported referrals that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
  10. Identify, foster and network with community-based organizations, community leaders/stakeholders, businesses, churches, coalitions, task forces, public events, etc. in order to identify and plan new recruitment and outreach/mobile clinic initiatives.
  11. Produce weekly progress/program reports in English and fulfill required data collection and funder reporting requirements.
  12. Perform duties consistent with agency/program policies and procedures.
  13. Responsible for performing other duties as required by supervisor, directors or designee.

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, candidates must have outstanding knowledge of target populations, organizational skills and have a solid understanding of HIV/AIDS.

  • Have a general understanding of HIV, STI and harm reduction services.
  • Staff will be trained and certified as Health Educators/ Community Health Workers on HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis.
  • Knowledge of area resources.
  • Experience in working with vulnerable populations.
  • Sensitivity to IDUs, homeless, those with MH/SA issues.
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in health and human service field preferred.
  • HIV rapid and STI testing technology certification and/or phlebotomy preferred.
  • Good organizational, communication (oral and written) and time management skills required.
  • Computer proficient in Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Required Bilingual/Bicultural Portuguese, Cape Verdean, and English.
  • Must possess valid Massachusetts driver’s license, access to a vehicle and extensive travel.
  • Full-time position (minimum 35 hours per week): Flexible days/hours, and expectation to work nights and weekends.
  • Starting salary range commensurable with experience and education $38.000 – $42.000

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to:

MAPS Personnel Office
1046 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

via email to jobs@maps-inc.org

or via fax to 617-864-7600

No phone calls please

Affirmative Action/EOE

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Community Health Worker/ Part-Time (20 hours minimum per week) http://www.maps-inc.org/community-health-worker-part-time-20-hours-minimum-per-week/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:56:40 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=2011 This position coordinates health education activities for Portuguese-speaking men, living in the Greater Boston area. The primary responsibilities of this position are:

  1. Identify and reach target population, geographic areas, venues/settings and peak times in the targeted areas that are high risk for transmission of HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis.
  2. Work as part of a team with health educators to develop strategies for providing prevention and education to identified populations.
  3. Prepares and conducts group presentations and workshops on HIV/STD’s and other health issues
  4. Have a general understanding of HIV, STI and harm reduction services.

This is a minimum 20 hours (flexible) position. Expected to work nights and weekend. Preferred: 1-2 years of experience in Health and Human Services field. Must possess valid Massachusetts driver’s license and access to a vehicle; computer proficient in Outlook, Word, Excel; Experience in working with vulnerable populations. Required bilingual/bicultural in Portuguese/English.

Salary hourly range commensurable with experience and education $20.00 – $22.00/ hour

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to:

MAPS Personnel Office
1046 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

via email to jobs@maps-inc.org

or via fax to 617-864-7621

Affirmative Action/EOE

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