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Hundreds of Municipal, Health, and Civic Leaders Call on Legislature To Reauthorize Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund

This morning, a coalition of over 200 civic leaders delivered a letter to Massachusetts legislative leaders urging them to reauthorize the Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) before it expires in June 2017. The Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF)…

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MPHA Statement on Marijuana Ballot Initiative (Question 4)

MPHA has evaluated the available research literature and listened to both proponents and opponents of the question. After careful study, MPHA has concluded that the ballot initiative does not contain sufficient public health protections and that the potential dangers far…

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The Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund – A National Model That Needs Your Support

The Massachusetts Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) – a $60 million, first-in-the-nation investment in prevention – has become a cornerstone of the state’s public health strategy and a national model that is being closely watched across the nation. However, funding…

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Bill to Strengthen Local Public Health Becomes Law

On August 12, 2016, Governor Baker signed into law legislation aimed at strengthening our system of local and regional public health services. The bill, An Act establishing the special commission on local and regional public health, will create a Special…

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MPHA-Priority Legislation to Strengthen Local Health Passes in the House

On Thursday, July 28th, the House passed MPHA-priority legislation aimed at strengthening our system of local and regional public health services. The push in the House was led by Representative Denise Garlick, with important support from Representative Steve Kulik and…

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Historic Moment – Governor Baker Signs Pay Equity Bill into Law

In a historic moment, Governor Baker signed the Act to Establish Pay Equity into law on August 1, 2016. This bill is the result of years of advocacy to address the gender based “wage gap” and to place Massachusetts once…

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Senate Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave!

On July 30th, the Massachusetts Senate passed the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML). PFML would make employees eligible for up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to recover from or take care of a family member suffering from…

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Public Health Priorities on the Move in the Massachusetts State House

Public health priorities are on the move in the State House as we move into the crucial final months of the legislative session. The Senate debated and passed their version of the fiscal year 2017 budget last week, which included numerous public…

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MPHA Forum – Marijuana Legalization: Long Overdue or Threat to Public Health?

In November 2016, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to vote on a ballot initiative put forth by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol that would legalize the use of marijuana and make it available on a commercial basis through…

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Years of Organizing Pays off! Bill to Create Office of Health Equity Passes House and Senate

On March 3, 2016 the Senate passed S2143, a bill to create an Office of Health Equity which would focus on strategies to eliminate health disparities in the Commonwealth. MPHA and our partners at Disparities Action Network have long championed this bill,…

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