Mattapan’s Vivien Morris honored at health center annual meeting

From left: Mattapan Community Health Center board chair Glenola Mitchell, Vivien Morris and Guale Valdez, President and CEO at MCHC.

Mattapan Community Health Center presented Vivien Morris with its 2018 Dr. T. Leon Nicks Exemplary Service Award at the 46th annual meeting on October 17.

Morris is a pediatric dietitian with extensive experience as a clinical nutritionist, public health practitioner, program manager, and researcher.

She currently serves as the Mattapan Community Relations Manager at the Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action at Boston College, where she facilitates mutually beneficial connections between the Mattapan community and the varied programs at Boston College.

Morris’ work in Boston’s communities is extensive. She is a founding member of the Boston Organization and Nutritionists and Dietitians of Color (BOND), an organization created to meet the specific culture-based nutritional and health needs of low income community members of African and Afro-Caribbean descent.

She has lived for 29 years in the Edgewater community of Mattapan where she coordinates the Kennedy Community Garden and Playground and the Edgewater Neighborhood Association.

At the state level, she serves on the board of the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative. She is most proud to serve as the founder and chairperson of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, a community-based organization which aims to galvanize the creativity and passion of local residents and community organizations to transform the food and fitness environment of Mattapan into a haven of good health, active living, and healthy affordable food.