2021 – 2022 Policy Priorities

In FY 22, MPHA’s policy priorities reflected our commitment to addressing the health impacts and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we worked to advance health equity across the Commonwealth by addressing the underlying causes of health inequities, including poverty and racism. 

Access to Healthy Affordable Food
  • Securing funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust.
  • Supporting the Mass in Motion Program.
    • Closing the SNAP Gap.
Transportation Justice
  • Convening the Regional Transit Authority Advocates Coalition (RTAAC) to fund and modernize Regional Transit Authorities.
  • Passing An Act to Increase Regional Transit Accessibility in the Commonwealth.
  • Passing An Act Relative to Transportation & Environmental Justice.
Moving Healthcare Upstream
  • Convening the Alliance for Community Health Integration.
  • Restoring the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund.
Transforming Local Public Health
  • Passing the Statewide Accelerated Public Health for Every Community (SAPHE 2.0) Act.
  • Securing state and federal funding to create a 21st century local public health system.
  • Supporting the Coalition for Local Public Health.

Responding to COVID-19
  • Ensuring emergency paid sick time for every Massachusetts worker.
  • Supporting the Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition.
  • Advocating for equity in the state’s COVID vaccination program by improving outreach to hard-hit populations, including low-income communities of color, and increasing transparency and accountability.
Expanding Access to Quality, Affordable Housing
  • Stabilizing housing and avoiding mass eviction by passing the COVID-19 Housing Equity Bill.
  • Supporting eviction sealing and the right to counsel.
  • Generating significant funding for new affordable housing by supporting the Housing and Environment Revenue Opportunities (HERO) Act.
  • Building partnerships for affordable housing and health equity.
Supporting Ballot Questions
  • Supporting Question 1: The Fair Share Amendment.
  • Supporting Question 4 for Safer Roads.
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