Massachusetts Public Health Association

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

Common Health for the Commonwealth: 2017 Report on Preventable Conditions and Social Determinants of Health

Last month, the Massachusetts Health Council released its 2017 Common Health for the Commonwealth: Report on Preventable Conditions and Social Determinants of Health (Report) which identifies key public health areas that require action in order to reduce health inequity and improve overall health in the state. While the report states that Massachusetts is a leader in providing access to health coverage and a low poverty rate, it also illustrates that race and income continue to impact the social determinants of health, creating stark health disparities across the Commonwealth.  To address these disparities, the Report recommends many policy solutions that align with MPHA’s policy priorities, including policies designed to increase access to healthy foods, affordable housing, and fair income and prevent chronic health conditions and substance use disorder. Read More

MPHA Priorities in Promoting Public Health in Implimentation of Recreational Marijuana Law

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

The Fight for Healthy Affordable Food

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

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