Massachusetts Public Health Association

Press Release: Quincy Mayor Koch, Pittsfield Mayor Tyer Join Prevention Trust Coalition as Co-Chairs, Lead Call to Protect Groundbreaking Program in House Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2017
Contact: Maddie Ribble, Massachusetts Public Health Association 617-697-2107, mribble@mapublichealth.org

Quincy Mayor Koch, Pittsfield Mayor Tyer Join Prevention Trust Coalition as Co-Chairs, Lead Call to Protect Groundbreaking Program in House Budget Effort Supported by Bipartisan Majority of the House of Representatives

The Massachusetts Public Health Association announced today that Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch have been named Co-Chairs of the Prevention Trust Coalition. The Mayors immediately called upon the House of Representatives to take action during this week’s debate on the state budget to continue the groundbreaking work of the Prevention Trust.

“The Prevention Trust is making a difference in Quincy as we work to improve health outcomes for everyone in our community while tackling rising health care costs,” said Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch. “We ask our legislative leaders to stand with us to protect the investment in this important program, and more importantly, to protect the hard-won health improvements for our residents.”

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Action Alert! Help Protect Mass in Motion

On April 10, 2017, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their proposal for the FY18 state budget without funding to maintain Mass in Motion in line item 4513-1111.  Representative Cariddi will file an amendment to the budget which would continue level-funding for the Mass in Motion program.

We are in a critical window to build support for the MiM budget amendment in the House, and YOU can help get it adopted.

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Action Alert! Advocate for Healthy Food Access in the State Budget

Take Action Now!to support the Mass Food Trust Program and SNAP Access! (5)

On April 10, 2017, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their proposal for the FY18 state budget without funding for two important issues that address healthy food access and affordability: the Massachusetts Food Trust and the SNAP Gap. As planned, Representative Donahue and Representative Livingstone have each filed amendments to the budget which would dedicate $100,000 for the operating costs of the Massachusetts Food Trust, and would direct the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to allow MassHealth applicants and recipients to file a SNAP application at the same time they apply or get a renewal of their MassHealth benefits.

We are now in a critical window to build support for the Massachusetts Food Trust and SNAP Gap budget amendments in the House, and we need YOUR help get them adopted. Read More

Action Alert! Protect the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF)!

Please contact your state Representative this week to ask them to co-sponsor Amendment #24 to continue funding for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund.

On April 10, 2017, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their proposal for the FY18 state budget without reference to PWTF. As planned, Representative Vega filed an amendment to the budget which would add language to continue funding for PWTF.

We are now in a critical window to build support for the PWTF budget amendment in the House, and YOU can help get it adopted.

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MPHA Testifies Before Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy

On Monday, April 3, 2017 MPHA Policy Director Maddie Ribble testified before the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy at a public hearing at the State House. Maddie urged the legislature to address three areas that MPHA has identified as deserving particular attention in the implementation of recreational marijuana policy in Massachusetts. These areas are 1) promoting racial equity, 2) protecting youth, and 3) providing for appropriate oversight and data collection.

Click here to read MPHA’s written testimony to the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy.

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 

What’s Inside:

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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:

Updates  

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
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