Organizational Accomplishments

2018 Highlights:

  • Securing funding for in the state budget and release of $1M in capital dollars for MA Food Trust Program, providing loans to local businesses to sell healthy and affordable food in areas of the state that currently don’t have that.
  • Organizing the Regional Transit Authority Task Force, a task force that was crucial in getting increased funding in this year’s state budget in order to maintain current capacity and routes for public transportation in cities across the state.
  • Leading the push for continued state funding for the Mass in Motion Program – which addresses food, transportation and other local built environment issues.
  • Increasing attention to the social determinants of health and community needs in the Attorney General Community Benefit Guidelines governing hospitals.
  • Bringing the voice of public health and consumer advocates to the table with MassHealth and others as we have worked with our allies to build the Alliance for Community Health Integration.

Prior Legislative Successes:

  • Passed legislation to create a Special Commission on Local Public Health, which will allow the Commonwealth to strengthen the local public health system and provide essential protections for communities throughout the Commonwealth (2016).
  • Passed legislation to create the Massachusetts Food Trust Program—increasing local retailers’ capacity to offer healthy, affordable foods in communities that need it most (2014).
  • Passage of the Active Streets Bill as part of the Transportation Bond Bill (2014), and securing commitment of $20 million from MassDOT to implement the Complete Streets Program (2014).
  • Establishment of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund in cost containment legislation, funded at $60 million over 4 years (2012).
  • Passage of School Nutrition Legislation (2010), promulgation of strong school nutrition regulations (2011), and convening of the School Nutrition Implementation Working Group (2011-2012).