On Wednesday, July 18th, the House and Senate released their state budget compromise for FY19. The budget compromise, known as the Conference Budget, is overall very strong in public health investment. It includes increased funding for the Bureau of Environmental Health and the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, level funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program and Mass in Motion Program, and increased funding for key social determinants of health including housing and transportation. It also includes language and funding for a new Office of Health Equity and funds environmental justice staff under the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
In addition, the Conference Budget includes language that will ensure the availability of MassHealth data about screening and interventions related to the social determinants of health (SDOH). This data is essential to understand the activities, successes, and challenges of ACOs and social service providers in responding to these needs. It will also allow the public to assess the availability of social services and identify any gaps that may exist by region, population, or service type.
MPHA is disappointed, however, that the Conference Budget did not include language establishing Massachusetts as a sanctuary state. MPHA endorsed the Safe Communities Act earlier this year because assuring all immigrants in Massachusetts that their rights will be protected and that they will be treated with dignity is important to the public health of all communities.
Read below for more detail on the FY19 Conference Budget.
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!