Massachusetts Public Health Association

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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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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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Take Action: Public Health Priorities at Risk in Final Stages of State Budget

A six-member Conference Committee begins deliberations this week on the state’s fiscal year 2016 budget. The Conference Committee will decide the final funding levels for public health programs and the fate of important policies contained in the budget. Please take…

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Call to Action: Support Funding for BSAS/DPH to Combat the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in MA

Funding is needed to provide a greater investment in addiction services that is critically needed at this time in order to address the ongoing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts. In 2014, over 1,000 Massachusetts residents died as a result…

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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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MPHA Calls for Increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit, Touts Benefits to Reduce Poverty and Improve Health

On March 31st, MPHA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz joined many partner organizations and families to testify before the Revenue Committee in support of increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Increasing the EITC is a priority for MPHA this year…

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Western Mass Health Equity Network Works with MPHA to Determine Advocacy Effort Priorities

On April 1, 2015, MPHA joined forces with the Western Mass Health Equity Network (WMHEN) to determine which areas of MPHA’s new Policy Agenda WMHEN would focus on to advance health equity in Western MA. After learning about and discussing several policy priorities that…

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Latino Challenges in the Struggle Against Racism- Register today!

Latino Challenges in the Struggle Against Racism is brought to you by Comite de Vecinos, United Neighbors in Fitchburg, and Network of Immigrants and African Americans Solidarity. The impact of racial disparities and how we can work together to create…

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MA Ranks 1st Among 50 States in Overall Child Well-being- More to be Done

On February 25th, The Annie E. Casey Foundation published Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot. This report highlights Massachusetts as the state with the best overall child well-being. According to the report, government programs reduced the…

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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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