Please lend your support as we enter the next phase of the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). This first-in-the-nation effort was launched in 2012 after a hard fought effort by MPHA and many allies. But funding will sunset next summer without further legislative action. We call on all of our local, regional, and statewide allies to join a sign on letter calling for the program’s reauthorization. Policy action will be deliberated in 2017, but now is the time to create a powerful narrative in support of continued funding.
In support of this goal, more than 125 people packed into a small State House hearing room on June 14th to highlight the important work of PWTF in improving community health and combatting health inequities across the Commonwealth. The occasion was an informational hearing held by the legislature’s Public Health Committee. Speakers at the hearing and other supporters took advantage of the day to make their case not just to the committee members, but to legislators and the public more broadly. Powerful testimony was provided by DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel, local PWTF partnerships from Quincy/Weymouth and MetroWest, residents who have received services, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs. Click here to read press coverage of the hearing. MPHA appreciates the support of Public Health Committee chairs Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Kate Hogan in organizing the hearing.
Following the hearing, PWTF supporters fanned out to visit more than 20 legislators to share local success stories. Simultaneously, MPHA organized a letter from nine major health policy organizations – including the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, and the Alliance for Business Leadership – calling for everyone concerned about the health of Massachusetts to work together to ensure this invaluable program continues into the future. To learn more or get involved in this effort, contact Maddie Ribble at firstname.lastname@example.org.