Massachusetts Public Health Association

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Gov. Patrick Signs New Bill to Address State, Federal Pharmacy Oversight

Two years after a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, Governor Patrick signed off on a new bill that will better define the state’s authority in the regulation of compounding pharmacies. Compounding pharmacies mix customized medications,…

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Senate Passes Substance Abuse Legislation, Governor Forms Opiate Task Force

On May 13, 2014, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed a bill that, if signed into law, would increase state efforts to address the growing heroin and opiate epidemic. The bill would expand access to addiction treatment services and prohibit…

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Governor Patrick and House Leaders Address the Opiate Epidemic

On March 27th, Governor Patrick declared the ongoing opiate epidemic a public health emergency. Overdoses from heroin have skyrocketed in Massachusetts since 2000, with 185 people dying between November 2013 and February 2014. Governor Patrick gave several emergency orders to address the…

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Take Action for Public Health Funding Today!

The House Committee on Ways and Means is currently writing their version of the FY15 state budget. We need your help today to make the case for investments in public health! It is especially important that we make the case…

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Federal Spending Bill Increases CDC Funding, Allocates Prevention Fund

The recent federal budget deal for the federal fiscal year 2014 provides important funding for public health priorities. Funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is  $369 million over 2013 funding, with many programs being restored to pre-sequester…

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Policy Priorities Status Report: Victories, Progress, and Much Work Ahead

As we wrap up 2013 and head into the second year of the two-year legislative session, here is a quick snapshot of where MPHA priorities currently stand.  We’ve had some great success already  in 2013 and we are well positioned…

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MPHA Receives Support from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

MPHA recently received a $60,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation to support the Act FRESH Campaign including our work to monitor implementation of the Prevention Trust. We are grateful for the Foundation’s ongoing partnership and support to…

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Act FRESH Helps Grow Advocacy Capacity of Local Leaders

MPHA’s Deputy Field Director Andrea Freeman has been busy traveling all over the state introducing MPHA and the Act FRESH campaign to new community partners, deepening longtime relationships, and supporting community leaders to build their advocacy capacity. MPHA’s Andrea Freeman…

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300 People Weigh in on Prevention Trust Funding Application

Last week, the Department of Public Health (DPH) hosted four listening sessions on the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund to gather input to guide the development of the funding application, which is scheduled to be released in late August.  Over…

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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…

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