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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Humorous hand-off

By Alice Dembner, Globe Staff

Insurance expert Nancy Turnbull joined the board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector today for the first time, bringing along her trademark sense of humor.

Before getting down to business, Turnbull had a gift for the man she was replacing, Charles Joffe-Halpern, president of the board of the advocacy group Health Care for All, who is quick with a quip himself. The gift: a t-shirt proclaiming the wearer a Health Reform Rock Star, complete with Joffe-Halpern’s face attached to Bruce Springsteen’s body.

The funniest thing was, given the small size of the image, Joffe-Halpern didn’t recognize either Springsteen’s body or his own visage until it was pointed out to him. Even funnier, he later said, he plans to attend his first rock concert in years in a few weeks – seeing no other than the New Jersey rocker himself.

Joffe-Halpern, a long-time social worker who is executive director of Edu-Health Care, a Berkshire County health outreach group, typically sports a bowtie when he’s out and about on business. He presented a bright red, clip-on version to Turnbull, an associate dean at the Harvard School of Public Health, who prefers more casual dress.

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