Massachusetts Public Health Association

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Obama’s Budget Mixed News for Public Health

President Obama’s budget proposal for 2016 was released earlier this month, with mixed news for public health.  We are pleased that the budget includes a commitment of over $100 million to combat prescription drug misuse and heroin abuse.  The budget…

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DPH Hit With Additional Budget Cuts

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Governor Baker proposed more than $500 million in emergency cuts to address a significant mid-year state budget deficit.  Of these cuts, $140 million are automatic (so called “9C” cuts) and do not require approval by…

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MassDOT Commits $20 Million to Complete Streets, but Ballot Results Create Uncertainty

MassDOT officials recently announced that they are committing $20 million over the next four years to fund the Complete Streets Certification Program. This represents a major achievement for MPHA, the Act FRESH Campaign, and all of our partners who have…

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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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