Massachusetts Public Health Association

Category: Policy Priorities


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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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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