Massachusetts Public Health Association

Category: Policy Priorities


Action Alert! Protect the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF)!

Please contact your state Representative this week to ask them to co-sponsor Amendment #24 to continue funding for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. On April 10, 2017, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their proposal for the…

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MPHA Priorities in Promoting Public Health in Implimentation of Recreational Marijuana Law

Last month the Massachusetts legislature created a new joint committee to review legislation related to the bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, which was voted into law last November. MPHA has identified eight issues to be addressed for the legislature to…

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The Fight for Healthy Affordable Food

March is National Nutrition Month, an opportunity to highlight the critical role of nutrition in good health. While access to healthy foods is essential for optimal health, many people in Massachusetts suffer from food insecurity, meaning they regularly struggle to have…

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150 Rally to Protect the Prevention Trust, Call for Fast Legislative Action

More than 150 people rallied last week at the State House to kick off a campaign to protect the first-in-the-nation Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). The rally included patients and community residents served by PWTF, community health workers, community-based service…

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Legislators Come Out Big in Support of MPHA-Priority Bills

Massachusetts Legislators showed tremendous support for MPHA-priority bills over the last two weeks, providing a particularly strong starting point for public health in the new legislative session. Of 200 total legislators in the Massachusetts House and Senate, a majority co-sponsored…

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15 More Communities Receive Complete Streets Funding from Mass DOT

On January 26, 2017, the Baker Administration announced the next 15 municipalities to receive funds from the Complete Streets Funding Program — a program which supports municipalities to make their local streets and roads more accessible for pedestrians, bicyclists, and public…

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Action you can take now for health equity!

Last week, state legislators filed more than 5,700 bills that will be considered over the next two weeks. Now is a critical time here in Massachusetts to take action!  You have the chance to help MPHA promote policies that will reduce disparities and…

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Massachusetts Food Policy Council Lists the Massachusetts Food Trust as a Priority in Letter to the Governor

On November 21, 2016 the Commissioner of Agricultural Resources submitted a list of priorities to Governor Baker on behalf of the Massachusetts Food Policy Council.  As one of the founders of the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, and a committee member for the…

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MassDOT Gives Municipalities Funds for Safer Local Streets & Sidewalks

This fall the MA Department of Transportation awarded the first implementation grants to 11 Massachusetts municipalities, allowing communities to make some of their local streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit users. The  Complete Streets Funding Program…

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Worcester Regional Food Hub’s Kitchen Incubator is Open

Worcester Regional Food Hub‘s incubator kitchen opened earlier this summer. The Commercial Kitchen Incubator provides licensed commercial kitchen facilities, culinary training, and planning assistance to support the development of food businesses by farmers, caterers, and other food entrepreneurs looking to…

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