Massachusetts Public Health Association

MPHA April 2019 Newsletter

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MPHA March 2019 Newsletter

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What’s inside:


  • Message from Carlene Pavlos, Executive Director
  • Transportation Justice: MPHA Policy Priorities Address Both Access & Climate/Air Quality Impacts
  • MPHA FY20 State Budget Priorities
  • Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) & Housing Lobby Days
  • Save the Date: Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network (WMHEN) Policy Assembly
  • Spring Awards Breakfast: Early Bird Deadline Looming
  • Special Member Notice

MPHA February 2019 Newsletter

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What’s inside:

  • Message from Carlene Pavlos, Executive Director
  • Announcement: MPHA’s 2019 Health Equity Champions
  • Upcoming events
  • News

MPHA January 2019 Newsletter

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What’s inside:

  • A message from Executive Director Carlene Pavlos
  • Main article: MPHA 2019-2020 Policy Priorities
  • Policy Notes
  • Upcoming Events

Transportation Justice and Health Equity: MPHA Policy Priorities Address Both Access & Air Quality, Climate Impact

Transportation is a critical issue for health equity. Not only does access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation connect people and communities to the resources needed to be healthy, the transportation sector is a driving factor of climate change and air pollution, both of which disproportionately impact low-income and communities of color, causing greater health inequity.

MPHA has two transportation policy priorities for the 2019-2020 legislative session:

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Baker’s FY20 Budget Proposal Level Funds Public Health Dep’t, Highlights Include Funding for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, New Fees on Prescription Opioids & E-Cigarettes

On Wednesday, January 23, Governor Baker announced his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. Governor Baker’s budget proposal includes a 1.5% increase in funding over FY19 spending. It level funds the Department of Public Health with an overall budget of $423 million.

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Action Alert: Ask your Rep. & Senator to co-sponsor health equity legislation

Thank you to everyone who reached out to your Senator and Representative last month! We had great success during the cosponsorship drive–showing strong support from the legislature for our priority bills.

There’s a lot more to do to make sure these bills make it past the finish line this session. Stay tuned to learn how you can help!

Now is a critical time to take action for health equity in the Commonwealth. It is the start of a new legislative session and by January 18, 2019, Massachusetts legislators filed more than 5,000 new bills that will be considered over the next two years.

Please take a few minutes this week to reach out to your Representative and Senator by phone, email, or in person and ask them to co-sponsor these five bills that will improve public health in your community. 

To find your representatives’ contact information or to find out who your representatives are, click here.

Please let us know that you took action by emailing MPHA Field Director Andrea Freeman at: The deadline to call about co-sponsorship is Thursday, January 31st.

Click here to download the one-page list of MPHA’s 2019 priority bills.

Please ask your Representative and Senator to co-sponsor the following legislation: 

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