March 17, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) announced today the upcoming departure of Executive Director, Rebekah Gewirtz. Rebekah has served as MPHA’s strong executive director for the past three years and has led the organization’s success over that time. “We are sad to see Rebekah leave but understand that she is going on to lead the organization where she worked tirelessly for nearly nine years, the National Association of Social Workers, MA Chapter,” said MPHA Board President, Jessica Collins. Rebekah’s last day with MPHA will be April 14, 2017. Read More
Title: Director of Development
Organization: Mass Budget
Brief Summary of Position:
MassBudget is seeking a well-organized, dynamic, and highly effective Director of Development who shares our staff and board’s enthusiasm for, and deep commitment to, our mission: producing non-partisan policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state’s economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts. The nature of development work at MassBudget requires an understanding of the policy issues we cover.
Title: Senior Policy Analyst
Organization: Mass Budget
Brief Summary of Position: MassBudget is seeking a well-organized, dynamic Senior Policy Analyst to lead MassBudget’s work in one or more of the following policy areas: revenue, health care, human services, economic security, and education. The Senior Policy Analyst will have opportunities to work on other state budget and policy issues that relate to improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults in Massachusetts. We’re seeking candidates who have strong policy analysis skills, work well independently and in teams, and can communicate information effectively to diverse audiences. We are also looking for candidates who can take on other leadership responsibilities in the office, such as editing written products or communications and media work.
Title: Scattered Site Stabilization Advocate
Organization: AIDS Action Committee
Brief Summary of Position: AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, advocating at the city, state, and federal levels for fair and effective AIDS policies, conducting cutting edge HIV prevention programs, and providing health and wellness services to people already living with HIV. The Scattered Site Stabilization Advocate will work under the supervision of the Residential Coordinator provide services and support for HIV+ persons, including coordinating and delivering services to individuals and families moving into and living in scattered-site housing programs.
Last month the Massachusetts legislature created a new joint committee to review legislation related to the bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, which was voted into law last November. MPHA has identified eight issues to be addressed for the legislature to strengthen public health protections in the legislation and to address racial disparities in marijuana enforcement and in the legalized recreational marijuana industry. Our eight priorities are: Read More
March is National Nutrition Month, an opportunity to highlight the critical role of nutrition in good health. While access to healthy foods is essential for optimal health, many people in Massachusetts suffer from food insecurity, meaning they regularly struggle to have enough food for themselves and their families. Food insecurity can lead to health issues that impede a person’s ability to lead a full life—consequences that also impact health care costs and the economy. In Massachusetts, 1 out of 9 people are food insecure. For children, the numbers are even greater with 1 out of 6 being food insecure. To end food insecurity in Massachusetts it necessary to make healthy foods both affordable and accessible, which is why MPHA is working to close the “SNAP Gap” and to launch the Massachusetts Food Trust. Read More
MPHA is working hard to secure adequate funding for the following priorities:
You can read MPHA’s full budget request letter to the legislature for additional detail, here.
More than 150 people rallied last week at the State House to kick off a campaign to protect the first-in-the-nation Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). The rally included patients and community residents served by PWTF, community health workers, community-based service providers, and hospital systems, along with public health and health care advocates. More than 20 legislators attended, along with many additional legislative staff. Read More
On February 23, 2017, Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office released an advisory alerting first responders across the state that affordable Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is available for purchase through the Department of Public Health.
Naloxone is essential to reducing the number of accidental opioid overdoses, which continue to climb in the state.
Read full advisory: AGO Naloxone Advisory Alert.