Who we are

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is a private, non-profit, statewide membership organization that promotes a healthy Massachusetts through advocacy, education, community organizing, and coalition building. Our focus is on policies and programs that prevent illness, disease, and injury, especially among individuals and communities facing inequities. MPHA was founded in 1879 and is a leading affiliate of the American Public Health Association.


The Massachusetts Public Health Association is the champion for public health in the Commonwealth. We are a catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and creating healthy communities for all.


A Commonwealth where optimal health conditions exist for all.

Our Approach

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  • Action – Advocating purposefully to solve problems and achieve measurable results
  • Collaboration – Achieving systematic change in public health by working together to leverage the resources, time, energy, and ideas of many
  • Commitment – Pursuing with tenacity strategic objectives that positively impact public health, both immediate and long-term
  • Equality and Social Justice – Working together with communities adversely affected by inequities and promoting policies that contribute to health equity
  • Truth – Being an honest and trusted leader in public health, basing decisions, advocacy, and programming on fact-based, scientific evidence

Health Equity Policy Framework

MPHA Health Equity Policy Framework