MPHA Launches New Policy Council to Shape Policy Priorities, Focus Greater Attention on Health Equity

policy-council-sept-2016MPHA is proud to have launched a new Policy Council on September 21st at the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission. The Council will have the responsibility to consider and recommend organizational policy priorities and positions to the MPHA board. It replaces a smaller and more informal Policy Committee, which has performed this role for many years. The Council is comprised of representatives from each region of the state, along with representatives of statewide organizations; a majority of members must represent local and regional organizations. Click here for a list of the 26 current members of the Council.

The Council is based in principles developed over the last six years of part of MPHA’s Act FRESH Campaign. That campaign, which focused specifically on healthy eating and active living, had a similar leadership structure. In launching this new Policy Council, MPHA is “mainstreaming” these principles into our entire organization, charging the Council with recommending positions on all the issues that are important to MPHA. The Council is based in the belief that to select meaningful priorities, we need input from local, regional, and statewide leaders, and that communities of color and low income communities most impacted by health inequities should be represented in MPHA’s decision-making by leaders of community-based organizations.

The Policy Council will play an important role in supporting MPHA to bring an even greater focus to addressing health equity and the impacts of racism on our work. Among its first tasks, the Policy Council will be guiding the creation of a “Health Equity Policy Framework” to guide MPHA’s work in policy development, community partnerships, and internal operations. We are grateful for the commitment of the Policy Council members to play this important role!

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