This week the Senate is deliberating on the fiscal year 2019 Senate Ways and Means budget proposal. Now is the time to act to make sure that essential public health funding is included in the FY19 budget.
Please contact your Senator TODAY and urge her or him 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.
To find your Senator’s contact information or to find out who your State Senator is, click here.
This week the House is deliberating on the fiscal year 2019 House Ways and Means budget proposal. Now is the time to act to make sure that essential public health funding is included in the FY19 budget.
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. Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2018
Contact: Melanie O’Malley, (617) 949-6688.
The Executive Board of the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Carlene Pavlos as its new Executive Director effective April 1, 2018. In this role, Ms. Pavlos will lead MPHA’s strategic vision and manage implementation of its organizational goals to further MPHA’s advocacy and policy successes advancing health equity in the Commonwealth.
MPHA is a statewide non-profit membership organization that promotes a healthy Massachusetts through advocacy, education, community organizing, and coalition building with a focus on eliminating health disparities and creating healthy communities for all. MPHA’s recent accomplishments include successfully leading the campaign for the Complete Streets Program, which provides grants to cities and towns for projects to make streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. MPHA also led the campaign for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, a first-in-the-nation program investing in evidence-based interventions that keep residents healthy by linking clinical care and community-based services. Read More
We are excited to announce some great news at the start of National Public Health Week! This morning, April 2, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) began accepting applications for a MA Food Trust Program administrator to lead the program and raise private funds to invest in local communities. This is a significant first step in getting the MA Food Trust fully launched!
Dear Friend and Supporter,
We are excited to share with you that Carlene Pavlos will be joining us as the new Executive Director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association on April 1st.
Carlene has worked tirelessly for decades on improving the health of all residents of the Commonwealth. She is coming to us from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she has served as the Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention. Carlene sees this opportunity with MPHA as a chance to continue the work she is passionate about, working with the big levers of policy and systems change and making an impact on the environment that people live in by addressing the root causes of injustice and health inequities. Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2018
Contact: Maddie Ribble, 617-697-2107
Health Care Providers, Mayors, Health Policy Leaders
Press House to Save Successful Prevention Programs
Letter cites role of Prevention Trust in successful MassHealth transformation
In anticipation of a major debate on health care in the state House of Representatives this spring, a group of 27 health care provider organizations and health policy leaders today pressed Speaker Robert DeLeo to support continued funding for the Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). The letter is signed by coalition co-chairs Mayor Thomas Koch of Quincy and Mayor Linda Tyer of Pittsfield, each of whom has seen the direct benefit of PWTF in their communities. Additional signers include representatives of the MA Health and Hospitals Association, the MA Medical Society, the MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the MA League of Community Health Centers, the MA Health Council, Health Care For All, and the MA Association of Community Health Workers.
“Massachusetts is a national leader in health care and public health, but we risk taking a major step backwards if we don’t take action to soon to save these successful programs,” said Maddie Ribble, Director of Public Policy for the Massachusetts Public Health Association. “This is no time to abandon what works.” An independent evaluation from Harvard Catalyst concluded that “PWTF appears to be a very sound investment from the point of view of improving outcomes and controlling costs.” Yet, all PWTF partnerships will be shuttered by June 2018 without legislative action.
The letter cites the importance of community-based prevention programs to the success of new MassHealth accountable care organizations (ACOs). These new provider organizations will be responsible for the total cost of care for MassHealth patients, yet lack a comprehensive toolbox to address the root causes of poor health among their members.
“Sunsetting PWTF now would undermine our efforts and limit our impact,” said Christina Severin, CEO of Community Care Cooperative (C3), an accountable care organization comprised of 15 community health centers. “C3 and our ACO colleagues across the state are innovating to improve quality and reduce costs for health care consumers, and we’re optimistic about what we can achieve over the next five years. But in order to improve health outcomes and address the factors in communities which drive up health care costs, ACOs can’t go it alone. PWTF is a successful model of a true community-clinical partnership that should be continued and expanded. Working hand-in-hand with ACOs and other clinical partners, PWTF can dramatically improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and further our shared objectives in effectively managing health care costs.”
PWTF was established by the legislature in 2012 as part of the last major health care legislative package. Funded at $57 million over the five years, it has supported nine regional partnerships to implement evidence-based clinical and community services to prevent health complications and costs associated with four common health conditions: pediatric asthma, falls among older adults, hypertension, and tobacco use.