Massachusetts Public Health Association

Introducing MPHA’s Oncoming Interim Director, Jodie Silverman

Jodie Silverman, MPA

Last month, MPHA’s board announced that MPHA’s Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz is leaving the organization in April to lead the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter where she worked tirelessly for nine years prior to coming to MPHA. While MPHA board and staff are sad to lose Rebekah, we are thrilled that Jodie Silverman will come on as full-time Interim Executive Director beginning April 18, 2017. Read More

MPHA February 2017 Newsletter

Click here to read MPHA’s February 2017 Newsletter 

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Announcing a New MPHA Membership Benefit!

MPHA has partnered with the MIT Press to offer MPHA members a 30% discount on all MIT Press public health titles. While applicable for use on the MIT Press website only, this code can be used more than once, for multiple titles at a time, and for both print and MIT Press e-editions. Happy reading from MPHA and the MIT Press!

Lookout for your membership code on Wednesday April 12th.  Not yet a member? Ready to renew? Joining is easy, click here to join. Read More

Moving Beyond Stigma — William James College Forum

Prejudicial beliefs and attitudes associated with mental and substance use disorders are significant barriers to care. Moving Beyond Stigma will cover institutional, public and personal stigma, elucidate the factors that influence negative perceptions of mental and substance use disorders, highlight the impact of stigma, and explore strategies for change. Panel discussions will include: community leaders sharing their personal journeys of stigma; first-responders; and business leaders. Read More

MPHA March 2017 Newsletter

Click here to read MPHA’s March 2017 Newsletter 

What’s inside:


5 Reasons to Register for the 2017 Spring Awards Breakfast Today

Policy Notes

150 Rally to Protect the Prevention Trust, Calling for Fast Legislative Action
Ask your Legislators to Support MPHA FY 18 Budget Priorities
MPHA Priorities in Promoting Public Health in Implementation of Recreational Marijuana Law
The Fight for Health Affordable Food

Public Health News

Forum- Critical Resources for Community Health: The State of Hospital Community Benefit in Massachusetts
2017 Common Health Report
Naloxone Available Statewide at Affordable Prices for all First Responders

MPHA Staff Update

Welcome Alexa Piacenza

Organizational Membership Levels and Benefits


Note: The Small Nonproft level is intended for organizations with an annual operating budget of $500,000 or less.
The Mid-Sized Nonprofit level is intended for organizations with an annual operating budget of between
$500,000 and $1,000,000.


Action Alert: Marijuana Policy

Take Action to Promote Public Health Protections & Equity in Recreational Marijuana Policy

The Massachusetts legislature is working to move an omnibus marijuana bill on the Governor’s desk by June 2017. Now is the time to act to ensure public health protections in recreational marijuana policy. Read More

Awards Breakfast

5 Reasons to Register for the 2017 Spring Awards Breakfast Today

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Advocacy Training

Policy Assembly 2017

Come learn how you can help advocate for state policy priorities that advance health equity in Western Massachusetts. Policies to be addressed include food security, transportation, economic justice, and community-clinical health integration.

Join multi-sector community leaders & advocates from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, & Hampshire Counties, including…Planners * Public Health professionals * Clergy * CHWs * MDs * RNs * Teachers/Faculty/Students * Board Members * Administrators * Business owners * Contractors * Municipal Staff & you!

There’s no cost to participate, but you must register. Read More

Massachusetts Public Health Association Public Statement

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

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