Strengthening state and local public health departments that provide foundational protections including, communicable disease control, food and housing safety, and protection from harmful lead and radiation exposure
Passage of the State Action for Public Health Excellence Bill (H1935, S1294)
Our local public health system faces significant structural and financial challenges, making it difficult for municipalities to meet responsibilities to safeguard our food, water, and air quality; ensure safe and healthy housing conditions; and control communicable diseases; among others. The SAPHE Program will advance the recommendations of the Special Commission on Local & Regional Public Health by increasing training opportunities, incentivizing sharing of services across municipalities to increase capacity, and by laying the groundwork to move toward national standards for a 21st century local public health system.
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Strong public health infrastructure is the foundation on which a high standard of living and dynamic economy depends. The Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH) protects all residents from hazardous exposures and environmentally induced illness — including food-borne illness, communicable disease, harmful radiation and lead exposure, and unsafe housing.
Childhood lead poisoning can cause irreversible neurological damage; it disproportionately impacts low-income kids and children of color in Gateway Cities and Boston. Current funding is insufficient to meet statutory requirements to prevent and respond to cases of childhood lead poisoning – including providing family case management, housing inspections, and code enforcement to eliminate lead hazards.