Massachusetts Public Health Association

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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