Massachusetts Public Health Association

Press Release: Advocates Call Out Minuscule Cost to Insurers to Protect State’s First-in-the-Nation Prevention Trust

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May 22, 2017
Contact: Maddie Ribble, Massachusetts Public Health Association, 617-697-2107, mribble@mapublichealth.org

With Deadline Looming 39 Days Away, Senate Faces Decision on Dismantling Fund

With just 39 days away from the sunset date on the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, Senators this week face a decision about whether to dismantle the first-in-the-nation program.

An amendment to the Senate budget, amendment #529 by Senators Lewis, Chandler, and Welch, would protect the Prevention Trust. Inaction on this amendment would almost certainly mean that successful prevention programs available to nearly one million residents would be shuttered by the end of the year.

“The Prevention Trust must remain a central tenet of our health reform efforts – we can’t retreat now,” said Senator Jason Lewis. “Our health system delivers top notch clinical care – the Prevention Trust allows us to extend that care beyond the clinic walls into our schools, senior centers, and neighborhoods, to pursue prevention so that we can keep people healthy before they need expensive medical care which will help control healthcare costs for the people of Massachusetts.” Read More

Action Alert: Call Your Senator Today About Key Programs in the Senate Budget

Next week the Senate will begin deliberations on the fiscal year 2018 Senate Ways and Means budget proposal. Now is the time to act to make sure that essential public health funding is included in the FY18 budget.

Please contact your Senator 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.

If you don’t know who your State Senator is, click here. For your Senator’s contact information, click here.

Let us know that you took action! Send a quick email to MPHA Field Director Andrea Freeman to let us know you took action for public health funding in the Senate budget. Read More

Job Posting for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts: Community Outreach Specialist (Western MA)

Title: Regional Community Engagement Manager (Central and Western MA)

OrganizationPlanned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Brief Summary of Position:

A member of the Business Development and Community Engagement Department, the Regional Community Engagement Manager manages initiatives in Central MA, and oversees the Community Outreach Specialist for Western MA. Promotes Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts health services and educational programs. With a commitment to addressing the impact of racism and other oppressions on sexual health, the person will develop relationships with community leaders and serves as the organization’s liaison with various constituents through attendance at community events and coalition meetings. Conducts service overview presentations for professionals, community members, and potential patients with the goal of growing and diversifying PPLM’s patient and supporter base. Hosts information tables at conferences, health fairs and other community events to promote services and distribute materials. Integrate marketing campaign strategies and new service rollouts into outreach messaging. Works with the Vice President, Business Development and Community Engagement to identify and evaluate strategic relationships, new service delivery models, and geographic expansion opportunities. Supervises full time Community Outreach Specialist (Western MA)

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Job Posting for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts: Community Outreach Specialist (Western MA)

Title: Community Outreach Specialist (Western MA)

OrganizationPlanned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Brief Summary of Position:

A member of the Business Development and Community Engagement Department, the Community Outreach Specialist coordinates initiatives in a targeted geographic area (Greater Springfield area) designed to promote Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts health services and educational programs. With a commitment to addressing the impact of racism and other oppressions on sexual health, the person will develop relationships with community leaders and serves as the organization’s liaison with various constituents through attendance at community events and coalition meetings. Conducts service overview presentations for professionals, community members, and potential patients with the goal of growing and diversifying PPLM’s patient and supporter base. Hosts information tables at conferences, health fairs and other community events to promote services and distribute materials. Integrate marketing campaign strategies and new service rollouts into outreach messaging.

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Job Posting for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts: Community Outreach Specialist

Title: Community Outreach Specialist

OrganizationPlanned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Brief Summary of Position:

A member of the Business Development and Community Engagement Department, the Community Outreach Specialist coordinates initiatives in a targeted geographic area (Greater Boston, North Shore, South Shore, Cape and Islands) designed to promote Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts health services and educational programs. With a commitment to addressing the impact of racism and other oppressions on sexual health, the person will develop relationships with community leaders and serves as the organization’s liaison with various constituents through attendance at community events and coalition meetings. Conducts service overview presentations for professionals, community members, and potential patients with the goal of growing and diversifying PPLM’s patient and supporter base. Hosts information tables at conferences, health fairs and other community events to promote services and distribute materials. Integrate marketing campaign strategies and new service rollouts into outreach messaging.

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Job Posting for The Town of Needham Health and Human Services, Public Health Division: Public Health Nurse IE-20

Title: Public Health Nurse IE-20

Organization: The Town of Needham Health and Human Services, Public Health Division

Brief Summary of Position:

Needham seeks a highly qualified individual for the full-time position of Public Health Nurse.  This position will perform a variety of nursing, policy, and health education functions.

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Job Posting for The Town of Needham Health and Human Services, Public Health Division: Environmental Health Agent I-20

Title: Environmental Health Agent I-20

Organization: The Town of Needham Health and Human Services, Public Health Division

Brief Summary of Position:

Needham seeks an Environmental Health Agent to provide public health services and to enforce State/Fed Environmental and Sanitary Codes, Town by-laws, and Board of Health Regulations.

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Press Release: Massachusetts Public Health Association Applauds Inclusion of Food Access Funding in Governor’s Capital Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2017
Contact: Maddie Ribble, Massachusetts Public Health Association, 617-697-2107

Massachusetts Public Health Association Applauds Inclusion of Food Access Funding in Governor’s Capital Plan

Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Public Health Association applauds Governor Baker for inclusion of $1 million in funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program in the FY18 Capital Spending Plan released this afternoon:

Maddie Ribble, Policy Director at the Massachusetts Public Health Association said: “Finding a place to buy healthy, affordable food nearby is a problem faced by far too many Massachusetts residents – negatively impacting quality of life, health, and job opportunities in urban and rural communities across the Commonwealth. Governor Baker’s action today to invest $1 million in capital funds to the Food Trust Program is a crucial down payment to solving this problem and creating a healthier and more equitable Massachusetts. We thank the Governor, Secretary Lepore, and Secretary Ash for their leadership in tackling this issue head on, and we look forward to partnering with the Administration to fulfill the promise of this important new program.” Read More

Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Environmental Health Inspector II

Title: Environmental Health Inspector II

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Code Enforcement Lead Inspector will have primary responsibility for enforcing the Lead Law in homes of lead poisoned children and other children under age 6. The Code Enforcement Lead Inspector will also be responsible for monitoring lead inspections conducted by private lead inspectors. This will involve responding to complaints, conducting field inspections to determine compliance with regulations and reviewing private inspection records/files. The Code Enforcement Lead Inspector will coordinate and/or provide training and technical assistance to local health departments and code enforcement personnel in all aspects of enforcing Ch. 111, ss. 190-199 and 105 CMR 460.000.

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Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Stroke Systems of Care Quality Improvement Specialist

Title: Stroke Systems of Care Quality Improvement Specialist

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in Massachusetts, contributing to over 2,300 deaths annually. In the U.S., stroke kills more than 130,000 of the 795,000 individuals who experience a stroke each year. Stroke costs the nation approximately $38.6 billion each year, In MA, The Paul Coverdell Acute Stroke Program, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to improve stroke care throughout the care continuum and track the incidence of stroke in each state. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has been funded to participate in the Coverdell program since 2004 and has implemented the program in partnership with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a quality improvement (QI) collaborative.

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