Massachusetts Public Health Association

Category: Access to Healthy Food


On the Move: $6 Million for the Food Trust

Last night, the House approved an Economic Development bill which includes $6 million in capital dollars for the Massachusetts Food Trust! The action comes after nearly 4 years of intensive advocacy and organizing by MPHA, members of the Act FRESH Campaign,…

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Let’s get the Food Trust over the finish line!

  Last week the legislature passed the FY17 state budget with $100,000 included for operating expenses of the Massachusetts Food Trust!  This is a huge win, especially in a very challenging budget year. MPHA, along with many key partners, has…

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Report Focus: The Devastating Consequences of Unequal Food Access

  A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists, The Devastating Consequences of Unequal Food Access: The Role of Race and Income in Diabetes, calls on policymakers to develop public policies to ensure that healthy food is more available,…

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MPHA and Partners Testify for Massachusetts Food Trust Funding at Economic Development Hearing

Support was shown from all regions of the state at the Governor’s Economic Development Bill Hearing on April 5, 2016 where our partners at the Fresh Truck, Greater Lowell Health Alliance, Groundwork Lawrence, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, Partners…

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MPHA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz Advocates for Upstream Solutions at Boston Children’s Hospital Childhood Obesity Conference

On March 31, MPHA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz spoke to a crowd of physicians, dietitians, health care workers and community leaders about the need to adopt upstream solutions that address the social determinants of health and about MPHA’s work leading the campaign…

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Strong Support for the Massachusetts Food Trust Event at MPHA State House Event

On March 29, MPHA hosted an event at the State House attended by more than 100 statewide business leaders, community partners and legislators to support the call to fund the Massachusetts Food Trust (Food Trust).  The focus of the event…

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Plan4Health Launches New Convenience Store Association

The Plan4Health Coalition, a collaboration led by Metropolitan Area Planning Council(MAPC) between MAPC, MPHA and local community partners, is launching the Greater Boston Association of Convenience Stores (GBACS) as a way to improve distribution networks, increase access to healthy foods, and support healthy…

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MPHA Staff ProvideTechnical Assistance for Local Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change

Mass in Motion communities are challenged to make lasting policy, systems, and environmental changes to foster active, healthy communities. As designated technical assistance (TA) providers for Mass in Motion communities, MPHA staff has the opportunity to share their experience as facilitators,…

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The State of Black Massachusetts: Report Highlights Need for Policies to Address the Social Determinants of Health

On December 11, 2015, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center released a new report, Race to Equity: The State of Black Massachusetts. The report documents the prevalence of racial disparities in Massachusetts and highlights the need for policies to reduce inequity. Policies such as Paid…

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“We Can Do Better Than 48th in the Nation”: Advocates Increase Efforts for Healthy Food Access

MPHA and our partners have been expanding our efforts in advocating funding for the MA Food Trust Program, which will increase healthy food access and create much needed jobs in neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth. Thanks to our mounting efforts in pressing Governor Baker to fund…

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