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Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission to Hold Annual International Human Rights Day Awards Celebration

Virtual celebration will include presentation of awards and a roundtable discussion to highlight healthcare and health inequity issues on Cape Cod

November 22, 2022 (Barnstable, MA) – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) is pleased to announce its Annual International Human Rights Day Awards Celebration. The celebration will be held virtually, on December 14, 2022, from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. The public is invited to attend.

Event registration can be found here:

The BCHRAC will present two human rights awards at the celebration: Matthew Levesque will receive the Rosenthal Community Champion Award and Barbara Burgo will receive the Cornerstone Award. Multiple Unsung Hero Awards will be presented as well. This event will also honor the late Susan Quinones, former Human Rights Coordinator.

The theme of this year’s award celebration is Healthcare is a Human Right: Promoting Quality Healthcare for All.  A roundtable discussion will highlight healthcare and health equity issues on Cape Cod. Speakers include: Dr. Brian O’Malley, Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates; Dr. Kumara Sidhartha, Cape Cod Healthcare ACO; Leo Blandford, Outer Cape Health Services; and Cecilia Phelan-Stiles, Cape Cod Healthcare.


The Rosenthal Community Champion Award, named after Irving Leopold Rosenthal, is given to individuals in the public sector (law enforcement, elected officials, etc.) recognized by their peers, community, and associates as individuals who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals, particularly those who have worked to advance human rights and to eliminate discrimination against immigrants in Barnstable County.

2022 Rosenthal Community Champion Nomination Form

The Cornerstone Award is given to individuals recognized by their peers, community, and associates as those who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals. 2022 Cornerstone Award Nomination Form

The Unsung Heroes Recognition is an honorary recognition given to individuals or organizations working to improve healthcare equity and access in Barnstable County.      

2022 Unsung Heroes Recognition Nomination Form

ABOUT THE BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION: The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit, and health care. Learn more at

ABOUT BARNSTABLE COUNTY REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CAPE COD:  Barnstable County provides exemplary government functions and services to keep our community healthy and safe, promote sustainable growth, and offer a proactive, open government that enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Barnstable County. Learn more at