Transforming Local Public Health

Passing SAPHE 2.0

Despite the dedication of our state’s local health staff and volunteers, the Commonwealth’s decentralized approach to delivering public health services leads to extreme variability in protections across municipalities — and this puts the entire state at risk. Now is the time to move rapidly to transform our local public health system to adequately protect Massachusetts residents from the public health challenges of today and tomorrow.

MPHA is currently working with a coalition of public health leaders, elected officials, and community organizations to urge the Legislature to pass the Statewide Accelerated Public Health for Every Community Act (SAPHE 2.0). This critical legislation is based on the consensus recommendations of the Special Commission on Local and Regional Health and would also implement key recommendations from the final report of the Joint Committee on COVID-19, Emergency Preparedness and Management by:

  • Establishing minimum public health standards for every community,
  • Increasing capacity and effectiveness by encouraging municipalities to share services,
  • Creating a uniform data collection and reporting system, and
  • Providing sustainable state funding.

The time has come to create a public health system that provides ALL Massachusetts residents with high-quality public health protections – regardless of their race, income or ZIP Code. Click here to learn more.

SAPHE 2.0 Fact Sheet

Supporting the Coalition for Local Public Health

The Coalition for Local Public Health is dedicated to promoting healthy communities in Massachusetts through strong Boards of Health and Health Departments. These local agencies provide foundational protections, including food and housing safety, communicable disease control, and protection from harmful lead exposure. Our member organizations are the MA Association of Health Boards, MA Association of Public Health Nurses, MA Environmental Health Association, MA Health Officers Association, and Western MA Public Health Association. Together, we represent over 4,900 citizens and professionals working to support the Commonwealth’s local health infrastructure.

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Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning

Childhood lead poisoning is a persistent and pervasive problem that affect hundreds of families across the Commonwealth each year. Due to the age of the housing stock in Massachusetts, lead paint is present in the majority of homes. In addition, drinking water in more than half of public school taps tested since 2016 contains unacceptably high lead levels. Stark racial and economic inequities exist in the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning, and current funding is insufficient to respond to existing cases or to implement a comprehensive strategy to prevent lead poisoning in the future.

To address this critical need, MPHA successfully advocated to provide funding for the Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPP) to both eliminate the previous backlog of families with lead poisoned children that were awaiting services, and re-institute a proactive prevention program that will work with medical providers, landlords, housing authorities, and others to identify and mitigate hazards before lead poisoning occurs. MPHA will continue to monitor the needs of CLPP and stands ready to take action on this critical public health issue.

Get the Lead out Loan Program
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program