Massachusetts Public Health Association

Call for Nominations – MPHA Leadership Pipeline

The MPHA Nominating Committee is working on developing a “leadership pipeline” whereby we will identify a robust list of individuals to become more involved in MPHA board and committees.  We expect that by engaging our members in this way we will gain fresh perspectives and ideas, and begin to identify future board members. We invite you to nominate yourself or a colleague!

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Prevention Trust Implementation is Underway; Listening Sessions Scheduled for July 17 and 18

[Update 7/5/13: All of the official meeting materials have been posted here.]

On Thursday, June 27, implementation of the Prevention Trust began in earnest with the first meeting of the Advisory Board, which will oversee the Trust.

The Advisory Board members received briefings from Administration officials, discussed the goals and strategy for funding through the Trust, and agreed on a timeline for the summer and fall to develop an RFP and review proposals.  This will include four Listening Sessions to gather public input on July 17th and 18th in New Bedford, Holyoke, Boston, and Worcester.

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FY14 Conference Budget Includes Victories for Public Health

On June 30, the Conference Committee released their Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) state budget recommendations, which were quickly approved and sent to the Governor’s desk. The Governor now has ten days to review and act on the budget before him.

The Conference budget includes important victories, including new investments in public health infrastructure that MPHA fought hard for!  These include MPHA’s top priority line items for this year, Environmental Public Health Services and Health Care Quality.

Environmental Health – which includes food protection and indoor air quality, among other programs – will receive a roughly $1.1 million increase, and Health Care Quality – which supports inspections and licensure of health care facilities – will receive approximately $1.5 million over FY13 funding. These increases, along with a $1.1 million increase for the Board of Registration in Pharmacy, will allow for the hiring of additional inspectional and regulatory staff to address the serious shortfalls in inspectional capacity that currently exists due to years of dramatic budget cuts.

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Cheryl Bartlett Appointed DPH Commissioner

On June 26th, Cheryl Bartlett was appointed to serve as Commissioner of Public Health, after serving since May as Acting Commissioner. MPHA is thrilled to have Cheryl at the helm of DPH during this incredibly important time, and we offer our congratulations to her!

Cheryl is a nurse who has dedicated her entire professional career to improving the health and wellbeing of communities.  Cheryl has wide ranging set of experiences as a health provider, advocate, manager, and policymaker – in areas as diverse as homeless services, infectious disease, and obesity prevention.  In particular, we at MPHA have had the pleasure to work closely with Cheryl on chronic disease prevention efforts, where she has been a national leader in the development of community-based approaches to improving healthy eating and active living.

We look forward to partnering with Commissioner Bartlett and Secretary Polanowicz in our shared mission to promote and protect the health of all Massachusetts residents.

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Job Posting for Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC)

Organization: Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), Salem, MA

Job Title: Executive Director

Job Type:  Full Time

Brief position summary:

Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) offers a great opportunity for a galvanizing, collaborative leader to make their mark by growing our notable organization to the next level and enable us to make an even deeper impact on the lives of women, men and children living with the direct and indirect effects of domestic abuse.  

 HAWC, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, is a domestic violence prevention and advocacy organization serving a 23-city and town region of the North Shore of Massachusetts.  HAWC provides free services and support to victims of domestic abuse to help them make informed, independent decisions about their futures.  Founded in 1978, the mission of HAWC is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. It has a reputation for providing high‐quality, client‐centered and trauma‐informed services. The organization is well known in its service area and has formed numerous meaningful partnerships with private, other nonprofit and governmental entities.

 The next executive director will take the reins at an important and exciting time in the organization’s development. Organizational priorities are to: 

  • Build community presence
  • Strengthen our strategic planning
  • Generate increased income
  • Educate the board and develop its capabilities
  • Develop and align staff with our mission


Salary:  Commensurate with experience, within the framework of HAWC’s operating budget

Contact person/apply to: This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England with Transition Consultant Nancy Jackson. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter responding specifically to the stated position requirements, and include starting salary requirements. Only electronic applications submitted to: will be considered.  All submissions are confidential and will be acknowledged and reviewed as they are received.

Application deadline date: July 19, 2013

Organization’s Website address:

MPHA Written Testimony In Support of House Bills 2007 and 2011

MPHA recently submitted written testimony in support of two bills: H2007, “An Act Relative to Foods Containing Artificial Trans Fat”, and  H2011, “An Act Relative to Expanding Access to Healthy Food Choices in Vending Machines on State Property”.  If reported favorably, both bills could decrease the economic burden of diet-related diseases, demonstrate Massachusetts’ commitment to addressing obesity and health, and support healthy eating.

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EVENT: Healthy People/Healthy Economy: The Third Annual Report Card

Join The Boston Foundation on Tuesday, June 18th,  for the release of the Healthy People/Healthy Economy Coalition’s third annual Report Card, which tracks progress in 14 policies and practices that are key elements of a comprehensive effort to make Massachusetts a national leader in health and wellness.

The event details are as follows:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast served at 8:00 a.m.

The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA

Click here to view the invitation and to RSVP.

State Budget in Conference Committee – Last Chance to Ensure Adequate Public Health Funding

The FY14 state budget is now in its final stage.  The legislature recently appointed a six member Conference Committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget and to produce a final budget to be sent to the Governor before July 1st.

We recently sent a letter to the Conference Committee requesting support for our core public health needs, but we need your voice too!

In order to maintain a strong public health system in the Commonwealth, please call your legislators and ask them to contact the Conference Committee members below, asking them to support the following budget requests:

  • Support House funding for DPH Critical Operations and Essential Services and the Food Protection Program
  • Support Senate funding for Environmental Health and Health Care Quality
  • Support Senate outside section language to address financing for childhood vaccinations

You can reference our letter below (and linked here) for more details, including line item numbers and funding levels.

Don’t know who your elected officials are?  Go to and type in your address and zip code.


Chairman Brian Dempsey, Room 243, 617-722-2990
Vice Chairman Stephen Kulik, Room 238, 617-722-2380
Representative Viriato deMacedo, Room 124, 617-722-2100

Chairman Stephen M. Brewer, Room 212, 617-722-1540
Vice Chairwoman Jennifer L. Flanagan, Room 208, 617-722-1230
Senator Michael R. Knapik, Room 419, 617-722-1415

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Transporation Funding Debate Enters Final Stage – Still Time to Take Action

The campaign to increase funding for transportation options – including walking, biking, and public transit –  is in its final stages, as a Conference Committee works to reconcile bills passed in both the House and Senate earlier this spring.  MPHA’s work building new partnerships and educating policymakers about the health implications of transportation has had an important and meaningful impact on this debate.

MPHA and our Act FRESH partners have worked hard to recruit 70 new supporters of our campaign, turned out in force to make our case to the Joint Committee on Transportation, attended regional transportation forums across the state, and met with newspaper editorial boards in the Berkshires, Worcester, New Bedford, and the Cape.  On March 25th, we delivered a letter signed by two dozen organizations in support of the Active Streets Bill.  We’ve also had Op-Eds published in numerous regional media outlets, including the Worcester Business Journal, the Gloucester Times, the Brockton Sunday Enterprise, the Fall River Herald News, and the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

Final decisions are being made now, and your voice can make a difference – please read on to learn more and take action!

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Purchase Your Tickets by THIS FRIDAY: Join Us for MPHA’s Spring Awards Breakfast on June 7th!

MPHA’s 11th annual awards breakfast, Our Health Our Future is only a week away!  Join us on June 7th as we honor Barbara Ferrer, Andrew Balder, Steven Fischer and Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox for their leadership and commitment to public health.  Tickets are going fast! Please purchase your tickets by this Friday, May 31st, to guarantee your spot at the breakfast.  We’d love to see you there!

For more information on tickets and sponsorship, please visit our website: or contact Kara Keenan at (857) 263-7072 ext. 113.

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