Massachusetts Public Health Association

Category: Policy Priorities


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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MPHA Coalition and Field Director Kristina St. Cyr Engages Youth Leaders for Social Justice

Coalition and Field Organizer Kristina St. Cyr recently visited with The Food Project’s Root Crew, a group of youth leaders who are given opportunities to lead community dialogue around food system change and social justice. Kristina engaged Root Crew members in…

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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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MassDOT Commits $50M to Helps Cities and Towns Advance Complete Streets

The Baker Administration has just committed $50 million over the next five years for the new Complete Streets Funding Program as part of a recently-finalized transportation Capital Investment Plan. Since 2012 MPHA has led–as part of its Act FRESH campaign–…

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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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MassDOT Commits $50m to Complete Streets in Major Capital Plan; Seeks Input on Funding Priorities

In a major victory for MPHA and allies, MassDOT has committed $50 million for the Complete Streets Funding Program to support municipalities to make streets safer and more accessible for transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists. The funding is in MAssDOT’S draft…

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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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