Massachusetts Public Health Association

MPHA July 2013 Newsletter


MPHA July 2013 Newsletter


Job Posting for Barnstable County Department of Human Services

Organization: Barnstable County Department of Human Services

Job Title: Senior Project Manager

Job Type: Full Time

Brief position summary: Professional and technical work supporting the Department of Human Services. Performs functions of a complex nature and exercises considerable independent judgment in the areas of research, evaluation, planning, development and implementation. Requires the ability to design and conduct primary research on topics that impact the wellbeing of Barnstable County’s residents, such as mental health, substance abuse, food security and homelessness, as well as to identify and aggregate statistics on a wide variety of health and human service indicators from state and federal databases, such as socio-economic, perinatal, mortality, cancer incidence and prevalence, and chronic disease data. Requires the ability to conceptualize, implement and evaluate Departmental initiatives such as those conducted in collaboration with the Department’s partners (for example, the Health and Human Services Advisory Council, Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition, and Cape Cod Hunger Network) and Departmental initiatives such as the Mass In Motion/Community Transformation Municipal Leadership Grant. For more information please follow this Job Description – Senior Project Manager 071913

Salary: $ 58, 897.00

Benefits: Yes

Contact person/apply to: Human Resources Director, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630 or apply online at E/O/E

Application deadline date: August 2, 2013

Organization’s Website address:

Other: Knowledge of public health and human service research field; research analysis, methodologies, and statistics; project planning and management techniques. Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred; in relevant field (e.g. public policy, public health, social science), and graduate or undergraduate coursework in statistics, data analysis, research methods, three to five years’ experience conducting social science research and minimum of three years of project management experience. Experience with computer based data analysis (such as using SPSS and Atlas.ti) preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Description – Senior Project Manager 071913

Job Posting for University of Massachusetts Medical School

Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Job Type: Full Time

Brief position summary:
UMASS Medical School is Massachusetts’ only public medical school. Commonwealth Medicine is the health care consulting division of UMASS Medical School. As leaders in the development and implementation of health care reform, CWM stays ahead of health care trends and helps strategize and plan for changes that impact both health care delivery systems and patients. Using CWM’s customized programs and services, many managed care organizations, government agencies and nonprofits have been able to control their health care costs while increasing the value of their health care spend.
Living at home, or in another community setting, can dramatically improve quality of life for people with disabilities. But it’s not always easy to identify, obtain, and maintain the supports and services that are necessary. The CWM Disability and Community Services Program, supports individuals with long term service and support needs to live independently in the community through enhancing access to services, designing streamlined approaches to care delivery, and building provider and community capacity.
We are seeking a dynamic Occupational or Physical Therapist to join us in a Clinical Reviewer capacity. The right candidate will have a passion for public health and will be able to use best-in-class clinical judgment, as they review clinical services and equipment for those who rely on public agencies for their health care. Read More

MPHA in the News: Smarter growth, healthier towns (Boston Globe, letter)

Boston Globe
July 6, 2013

Smarter growth, healthier towns

WE IN the public health and pediatric communities read with great interest the Globe’s editorial regarding proposed zoning reform legislation (“Mass. needs new zoning law to help ease housing woes,” June 25), which would update the Commonwealth’s dysfunctional zoning codes, thereby promoting smart growth and “unclogging the construction pipeline.”

We would like to highlight significant additional benefits of comprehensive zoning reform, namely those that improve the health of Massachusetts citizens. Blueprints for our communities should reflect public-health goals to increase opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy foods. To that end, the revision of our zoning laws provides a valuable opportunity to reduce sprawl, pollution, and social isolation and to increase safe streets, open spaces, and healthy food access.

Proposals currently under consideration at the State House would update the master planning process, would encourage dialogue between local planning and health officials, would eliminate outdated laws that promote sprawl, and would encourage the construction of transit-friendly, walkable, bikeable communities.

These reforms will make it easier for Massachusetts citizens to stay healthy, and will ensure that its children grow up in an environment that promotes healthy living. We urge the Legislature to move forward on this bill.

Toby Fisher
Executive Director, Massachusetts Public Health Association

Dr. Anna Rosenquist
Massachusetts Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Job Posting-Region 4A MRC Coordinator

Organization: International Institute on Behalf of Region 4A MRC

Job Title: Region 4A MRC Coordinator

Job Type: Full Time or Part Time

Brief position summary: Assist local Public Health within MetroWest Boston (33 Communities) in building a self-sustaining, trained, redentialed MRC of volunteers and integrate this Corps into local Emergency Plans.

Salary: $32-$35/hr

Benefits: None

Contact person/apply to: International Institute of Greater Lawrence, Attn: JoAnne Petro, 125 Amesbury Street, Lawrence, MA 01840 or

Application deadline date: August 2, 2013

Organization’s Website address:

Massachusetts Receives Mixed Grades on Health, “D” for Public Health Funding

On June 18th, Healthy People/Healthy Economy released their third annual Report Card at an Understanding Boston forum at The Boston Foundation, where a panel of experts from government, industry, academia, and public health responded to the report’s findings.

The report gave the state higher grades than last year in eight issue areas, but flunked it for failing to remove the sales tax exemption for candy and soda.  Massachusetts also received low grades for public health funding (D) and youth physical activity (C).

One area that the state excelled in however, was in the category of School-Based BMI Reporting, where Massachusetts was rewarded the first A — an A minus — issued by the Report Card.

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Zoning Reform Momentum Continues with Boston Globe Endorsement

Momentum continues to build behind the call to reform our state’s antiquated planning and zoning.  The Boston Globe become the latest voice to join the call, with a June 25th editorial “New zoning law will help ease Massachusetts’ housing woes.”   The editorial focused on the benefits for housing and economic development, but we know there are numerous public health benefits as well!  To learn more about zoning reform and the implications for public health, please visit MPHA’s website.

Certification Now Open for Workplace Wellness Tax Credit

Massachusetts employers who invest in new wellness programs for their employees may now qualify for a tax credit worth up to $10,000 in tax relief under the new Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit program that went into effect earlier this year.  Certification requirements were released in June.

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Massachusetts Third in Nation for Child Well-Being, but Challenges Persist

The Kids COUNT Data Book, released on Monday, June 24th and prepared by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, highlights indicators on the well-being of young children to help further the conversation about opportunities for and the benefits of early intervention.  Massachusetts ranks third in this national ranking index.  Massachusetts is a national leader in health, according to the ranking, but has dropped in the rankings compared to other states in the last year.

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Healthy Food Access Bill On the Move

The Healthy Food Access Bill is moving!  It was reported favorably out of the Committee on Community Development and Small Business on June 10th, and it moves on now to the House Ways and Means Committee for review.

The legislation would authorize Community Development Financial Institutions (or CDFIs) to develop and implement flexible financing programs, including loans, grants, and technical assistance to support the development, renovation, and expansion of food stores, farmers markets and other retailers selling healthy food in underserved communities.

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