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.
- 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.
- 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.