John Mulqueen, M.D.
Dr. Mulqueen, along with his wife Paula, founded Forward in Health in 2006. Both had traveled to Haiti doing medical missions since 2001 with The Haitian Apostolate, a mission of the Catholic Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Dr. Mulqueen, a graduate of Boston College, The University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the residency program at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine, has been a practicing pediatrician in private practice in Gardner, Ma. since 1989.
Dr. Mulqueen has said, "After traveling to Haiti for the first time in 2001, I was profoundly shaken by the poverty and lack of basic medical care that I encountered. Although life would have been easier, I found it impossible to forget what I saw and not assume the responsibility we all have to right a wrong. I have the medical knowledge to help. The resources are available. Bringing a life saving medical clinic to Fonde Fred , Haiti is not an impossible task."
Dr. Mulqueen has been recognized for work in Haiti with the following awards:
- 2004 - Along with his wife Paula: Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.
- 2006 - The Diocese of Worcester and The St. Luke Society award for recognition of medical work
- 2008 - Inducted into the Gardner High School Hall of Fame as an outstanding alumnus
- 2008 - Along with his wife Paula: American Red Cross Hero Award
- 2008 - Along with his wife Paula: Mount Wachusett Community College Service Above Self Award
Paula Mulqueen, R.N.
Paula Mulqueen, along with her husband John, founded Forward in Health in 2006. Both had traveled to Haiti doing medical missions since 2001 with The Haitian Apostolate, a mission of the Catholic Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Paula is a former surgical technician at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Ma. Trained for open heart surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital , she was on the first cardiac surgery team at St. Vincent Hospital . She received her associate's degree from Mount Wachusett Community College in nursing and is a registered nurse. Currently she is a private duty nurse.
Paula spends much of her time sharing her experiences in Haiti with others. She does outreach for Forward in Health speaking at schools, churches, nursing homes, and other civic groups. She prepares groups for trips to Haiti making sure that travelers are emotionally prepared for the extreme poverty they will be seeing.
Paula has said, "The poverty in Haiti is not having enough, it is not having any. This is a poverty that kills." She encourages students and other travelers to "step out of your comfort zone. You will return a better person and better member of your community."
Recognized for work in Haiti with the following awards:
- 2004 - Along with her husband John: Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.
- 2008 - Along with her husband John: American Red Cross Hero Award
- 2008 - Along with husband John: Mount Wachusett Community College Service Above Self Award