Western Massachusetts Health Equity Nummit
November 18, 2016
The second Western MA Health Equity Summit will bring together practitioners and community leaders from across our four counties. We’ll work, learn, and take important steps toward greater health equity in Western MA.
Representative Aaron Vega (Holyoke), 5th Hampden Representative
Representative Aaron Vega was born in South Holyoke, attended Morgan Elementary School and eventually followed his parents’ footsteps by attending Holyoke Community College. In 2009, Aaron was elected one of Holyoke’s first Latino at-large councilors and in 2012 Aaron was elected to serve as the State Representative for the Fifth Hampden district. In his first term he served on the Joint Committees for Higher Education, and Economic Development. He was the only Freshman Rep appointed to a special committee to address Student Debt crisis in the Commonwealth.
In his second term as State Rep Aaron continues to serve on the Joint Committee of Economic Development and is now the Vice Chair of the Committee on Children and Families and Persons with Disabilities where he has become a strong advocate for families and is working on collaborative approaches to address the issues within DCF.
Aaron has served on the boards of the Holyoke Health Center, and the Morgan School turnaround team. He continues to volunteer as a board member for the Homework House and the Connections Afterschool Program. He is also a member of the Holyoke Taxpayers Association, Friends of the Council on Aging, Friends of the Holyoke Public Library and was a Rotary Club member for 3 years. In 2010 he was named one of the “40 under 40” by Business West magazine, a recognition given out to young civic and business leaders in the Pioneer Valley.