Massachusetts Public Health Association

MPHA April 2019 Newsletter

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Action Alert! Contact Your Representative Today for Key Programs in the State Budget

Thank you to everyone who contacted your State Representative and asked for their support for priority public health amendments! The House is currently debating its budget. 4/22/2019

Now is the time to act to make sure that essential public health funding is included in the FY20 budget. House Ways and Means (HWM) released its $42.7 billion FY20 budget proposal on Wednesday, April 10th. Read MPHA’s preliminary analysis, here.

The House will debate its budget the week of April 22nd. Legislators can co-sponsor budget amendments up to Friday, April 19th.

Please contact your Representative TODAY and urge him or her to co-sponsor the important amendments listed below. Don’t forget to mention why the program or programs you are calling about are important to you.

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MPHA Preliminary Analysis of House Ways and Means (HWM) FY20 Budget Proposal

House Ways and Means (HWM) released its $42.7 billion FY20 budget proposal on Wednesday, April 10th. The HWM budget proposal level funds the Department of Public Health core infrastructure and community programs at $437 million (with a total department budget of $666.25 million, including the public health hospital accounts).

Amendments to the proposal are due Friday, April 12th. The House will debate the proposal on the week of April 22nd.

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MPHA March 2019 Newsletter

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What’s inside:

  • Message from Carlene Pavlos, Executive Director
  • Transportation Justice: MPHA Policy Priorities Address Both Access & Climate/Air Quality Impacts
  • MPHA FY20 State Budget Priorities
  • Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) & Housing Lobby Days
  • Save the Date: Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network (WMHEN) Policy Assembly
  • Spring Awards Breakfast: Early Bird Deadline Looming
  • Special Member Notice

MPHA February 2019 Newsletter

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What’s inside:

  • Message from Carlene Pavlos, Executive Director
  • Announcement: MPHA’s 2019 Health Equity Champions
  • Upcoming events
  • News

MPHA January 2019 Newsletter

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What’s inside:

  • A message from Executive Director Carlene Pavlos
  • Main article: MPHA 2019-2020 Policy Priorities
  • Policy Notes
  • Upcoming Events

Transportation Justice and Health Equity: MPHA Policy Priorities Address Both Access & Air Quality, Climate Impact

Transportation is a critical issue for health equity. Not only does access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation connect people and communities to the resources needed to be healthy, the transportation sector is a driving factor of climate change and air pollution, both of which disproportionately impact low-income and communities of color, causing greater health inequity.

MPHA has two transportation policy priorities for the 2019-2020 legislative session:

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Baker’s FY20 Budget Proposal Level Funds Public Health Dep’t, Highlights Include Funding for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, New Fees on Prescription Opioids & E-Cigarettes

On Wednesday, January 23, Governor Baker announced his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. Governor Baker’s budget proposal includes a 1.5% increase in funding over FY19 spending. It level funds the Department of Public Health with an overall budget of $423 million.

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Action Alert: Ask your Rep. & Senator to co-sponsor health equity legislation

Thank you to everyone who reached out to your Senator and Representative last month! We had great success during the cosponsorship drive–showing strong support from the legislature for our priority bills.

There’s a lot more to do to make sure these bills make it past the finish line this session. Stay tuned to learn how you can help!

Now is a critical time to take action for health equity in the Commonwealth. It is the start of a new legislative session and by January 18, 2019, Massachusetts legislators filed more than 5,000 new bills that will be considered over the next two years.

Please take a few minutes this week to reach out to your Representative and Senator by phone, email, or in person and ask them to co-sponsor these five bills that will improve public health in your community. 

To find your representatives’ contact information or to find out who your representatives are, click here.

Please let us know that you took action by emailing MPHA Field Director Andrea Freeman at: afreeman@mapublichealth.org. The deadline to call about co-sponsorship is Thursday, January 31st.

Click here to download the one-page list of MPHA’s 2019 priority bills.

Please ask your Representative and Senator to co-sponsor the following legislation: 

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Support Ballot Question 3 to Maintain Civil Rights for All

Last month, MPHA’s Board voted to endorse the “Yes on 3” ballot campaign, which will be before Massachusetts voters on November 6th. A “Yes” vote on Question 3 will maintain civil rights protections for transgender individuals voted into law in Massachusetts in 2016.

MPHA grounds its support for the Yes on 3 campaign in the understanding that maintaining civil rights for transgender residents and visitors to our state is essential realizing MPHA’s mission to advance health equity and social justice in the Commonwealth.

Research shows that transgender people are far more likely to face violence than non-transgender people, including higher rates of murder, sexual assault, and suicide. These statistics are especially troubling for trans people of color and trans youth, two communities that experience heightened violence and discrimination. The continued trauma that transgender people would face when trying to navigate public spaces without the civil rights protections already codified in Massachusetts law will have lifelong impacts on their health and their communities.

Opponents of transgender rights have long used scare tactics to deny basic rights and freedom to transgender children and adults. They continue to use these scare tactics even though they have been proven false. But let’s be clear, it is discrimination against transgender individuals that is a threat to public health and safety. Acknowledging transgender people’s rights and protecting these rights increases public health and safety for all.

Massachusetts cannot fall backward in our fight against discrimination. The results of ballot question 3 will have long-term impacts on social justice in the Commonwealth and beyond. We hope our members and supporters will join us in supporting current law and civil rights protections by voting Yes on 3 in November.

Visit Freedom for All Massachusetts for more information.

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