Massachusetts Public Health Association

MPHA in the News: Good transportation can be a prescription for good health (The Sunday Enterprise)

MARCH 17, 2013

Good transportation can be a prescription for good health

By Renee M. Johnson and Toby Fisher

BROCKTON — We know that transportation is about access to jobs and housing, about economic competitiveness, about convenience and quality of life, and about our environment.

Transportation is also about our health. Our transportation system – the roadways, bridges, regional transit systems, the MBTA, sidewalks and bike lanes across the commonwealth – can have a profound impact on our health that we seldom pause to consider. Read More

Job Posting-African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities, Inc. (AFCAMP)

Organization: African Caribbean Parents of Children With Disabilities, Inc.

Job Title:  Executive Director

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MPHA and Allies Push For Complete Streets Funding

On Monday, March 25, MPHA and our allies testified before the Joint Committee on Transportation to ask them to include the language of the Active Streets Bill (sponsored by Rep. Jason Lewis and Sen. Harriette Chandler) in the larger transportation bond bill that will fiance a statewide transportation capital investment plan.  The Active Streets Bill would create a program encourage and support cities and towns across Massachusetts to routinely include complete streets design elements in locally funded road projects.

As part of the hearing, we delivered a letter signed by two dozen organizations in support of the Active Streets Bill: Active Streets Bond Bill Sign-on Letter 3.25.13. Click here to read MPHA’s testimony: mpha-testimony-transpo-bond-bill-3-25-13.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of complete streets for health, economic development, and the environment.

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Left: Lee Hartman, Director of Planning for the Town of Plymouth and Andrea Holleran, Vice President of External Affairs at Jordan Hospital testify about supporting complete streets in Plymouth. Right: Jim Tazza of Saugus, President of Bike to the Sea, testifies about improving bikeways in Massachusetts

Gerry Powers of the Worcester Food and Active Living Policy Council and Walk Bike Worcester also provided testimony: Gerry Powers Testimony_Joint committee on transportation testimony 3.25.13.

MPHA in the News: Boston’s million-pound goal looks like a losing battle, but…(WBUR)

WBUR CommonHealth Blog
MARCH 26, 2013

Boston’s million-pound goal looks like a losing battle, but…

By Carey Goldberg/Co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog

Boston’s battle to lose is looking, at the moment, like a losing battle. That is to say, Mayor Thomas Menino’s one-year goal of a million collectively shed pounds by late next month is looking exceedingly distant. As the Boston Globe declares in this feature story by lifestyle reporter Beth Teitell:

So far we’ve lost 95,697 pounds. Only 904,303 to go. By April 23.

People, now would be a good time to start that juice fast.

Beth joins us on Radio Boston between 3 and 4 today to discuss the city’s weight-loss campaign. Just a couple of points to note:

It’s very hard to know whether that disappointing poundage is a true failure to lose or just a failure to track. I spoke today to Boston City Councillor Felix Arroyo. Last year, when Mayor Menino announced his million-pound march, WBUR’s Delores Handy reported that he also personally pledged to lose two pounds a month himself. Other weight-loss pledges followed, she reported, including Arroyo’s goal of over three pounds a month.

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How to submit your job posting

Our job postings have moved from our website onto the blog.

To advertise a job opening , please contact Diane Jette.  Please be sure to include the following information in this format in the body of your email:


Job Title:

Job Type:  Full Time or Part Time

Brief position summary:



Contact person/apply to:

Application deadline date:

Organization’s Website address:


Please also attach a complete job description in Word or PDF to be uploaded and made accessible through a link on the MPHA website.

MPHA in the News: Middlesex County public health ranked high (Metro West Daily News)

MARCH 21, 2013

Middlesex County public health ranked high

By Laura Krantz/Daily News staff

FRAMINGHAM —  A national study released Wednesday of public health by county ranks Middlesex County the state’s second healthiest, while Worcester County falls toward the bottom, at ninth of Massachusetts’ 14 counties.

However, local health experts caution that the findings of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings and Roadmaps are deceiving because Middlesex County is large and diverse, and because very few public health programs happen on a county level.

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Transportation Day of Action – April 2nd

Action is heating up on Beacon Hill on transportation and revenue.  The House plans to address both of these issues in the month of April – so the time to act is now!  We need your support to win new progressive revenue and investments in transportation that will advance healthy communities and promote health equity.

Please join MPHA and transportation advocates from across Massachusetts  on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 to help us advocate for a healthy transportation system:

  • 10am:  Transportation for Massachusetts Rally and Press Conference.  State House steps, Beacon Street.
  • 11am:  “Transporting Public Health Forward: Why Investments in Transportation Improve Our Health and Wellness,” hosted by the legislative Prevention for Health Caucus.  House  Members Lounge, State House, 3rd Floor.
  • 12-2pm:  Statewide Call In Day for Healthy Transportation. Can’t make it to Boston?  Thousands of residents will be calling their elected officials this afternoon to ask them to support a healthy transportation system.

Click here to RSVP for your participation in Boston or from your home turf! More details on the day’s events will be coming soon.

Transportation is a major issue in the legislature this year.   Massachusetts faces a serious crisis concerning the current state of our transportation system – including our roads and bridges, the MBTA, our regional transit authorities, and accommodations for pedestrians and cyclists.  We risk losing a great deal if we continue to let it crumble.  We need legislation that raises significant new revenue to stabilize our system, make it safe and reliable, and increase choices–all while protecting our state’s vulnerable communities.

Investing in transportation also means better health for our residents by promoting greater physical activity through walking and biking; reducing dangerous emissions and improving health outcomes; reducing injuries and fatalities; and ensuring access to jobs and essential goods and services.

These events will bring together many transportation advocacy groups, who will talk with our decision-makers about the importance of transportation funding.  Together, we will build on our shared vision for a 21st century transportation system in Massachusetts.  Let’s get our state transportation system back on track, and urge the legislature to invest in a healthy transportation system!

Massachusetts’ 2nd Bike/Walk Summit – April 11th

MPHA is pleased to support the 2nd Bike/Walk Summit!  The Summit will be hosted by our partners at MassBike and Walk Boston on Thursday, April 11th from 10am-1pm at the State House.

Meet advocates from around the state, learn about current bike/walk legislation, and then share what you know with your state Reps. and Senators.  Reconvene in the Nurses Hall at noon for lunch and speakers.

Register for this free event at:

For more information, please call 617.367.9255 or

Register Now: April 23-24, 2013 Primary Prevention of Asthma Symposium

Join leading researchers, clinicians, government agency staff, labor and community representatives, and public health professionals for a 2-day Symposium titled Primary Prevention of Asthma: A Symposium on Current Evidence, Research Needs and Opportunities for Action, to advance the understanding of and strategies for the primary prevention of asthma.

Symposium participants will exchange information and increase understanding of the science relevant to the initial onset of asthma and will work to develop a “roadmap” for the primary prevention of asthma in Massachusetts, as called for in the Strategic Plan for Asthma in Massachusetts.

The Symposium will be held at the Massachsuetts Medical Society in Waltham, MA on April 23-24, 2013 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, please click here.

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