Massachusetts Public Health Association

Category: Healthy Built Environment


U.S. Surgeon General Announces Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

On September 9, 2015, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy launched a campaign that promotes physical activity through walking and promotes the creation of built environments that encourage walking. The U.S. Surgeon General announced that the campaign, called Step it Up!, is “a call to action…

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MPHA Rallies Support for Priority Legislation

MPHA and our allies have been in high gear at the State House since Labor Day. Legislative committees held several hearings on priority public health legislation, which gave MPHA, our members, and our coalition allies, the chance to make our…

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Take Action for Transportation – Contact your State Rep Today!

We at MPHA want to ensure that all communities have access to healthy affordable food, safe places for physical activity, and a healthy built environment – this includes supporting a healthy and active transportation system for all! The Joint Committee on Transportation…

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Spotlight: BNHC & Vicente’s Tropical Grocery

We are pleased to offer the July 2015 installment of our Spotlight series to highlight MPHA partners and friends from across the state who are changing lives and communities to improve health and advance health equity. This month we are highlighting an innovative…

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New Initiative Promotes Collaboration to Improve Children’s Health Outcomes

Health Starts at Home is a new initiative from The Boston Foundation bringing together housing and health-care organizations to support work that focuses on the positive benefits of stable, affordable housing on children’s health outcomes. This four-year initiative supports partnerships among…

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Media Highlights Need to Fund the Massachusetts Food Trust Program

The Massachusetts Food Trust Program, established in the legislature in 2014, would provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in low and moderate income communities. Securing financing for this program…

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House Finalizes Tight Budget, Provides Funding for Housing and Violence Prevention

Earlier, this week the House completed work on its version of the FY16 state budget. With the state facing a $1.8 billion budget deficit for the year ahead, the House budget is very tight. The original budget proposal, released two…

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May 11: MPHA hosts Active Streets, Healthy Families, Equitable Communities

Join us May 11th at the Massachusetts State House in room 222 as we explore how policies and programs can foster more active streets, create healthier families, and achieve equitable communities. We will discuss the Complete Streets Funding Program and…

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MPHA Statement on Governor Baker’s FY2016 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, March 4th, Governor Baker released his first state budget proposal, offering a glimpse into his priorities and approach to governing. Baker is faced with tough choices to address a budget deficit for next fiscal year estimated at $1.5…

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Spotlight: Tri-Town Health Department & Be Well Berkshires

We are pleased to offer the February 2015 installment of our Spotlight series to highlight MPHA partners and friends from across the state who are changing lives and communities to improve health and advance health equity.  This month we interviewed Jim Wilusz, the…

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