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Bill to Improve Health in our Communities on the Move!

In late February, an important bill to advance healthy community design was reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses. The bill, S122, would promote healthy communities by updating our state’s antiquate zoning and planning…

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House Passes Bill Creating Office of Health Equity

On, January 25, 2016, An Act to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in the Commonwealth, sponsored by Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and Representative Byron Rushing, was reported favorably by the House Ways and Means Committee and on January 27, 2016…

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Movement for Certification of Community Health Workers – Major Milestone!

On January 2016, The Board of Certification of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Massachusetts approved the draft regulations for certification of this critical workforce. Since passage of the bill creating certification several years ago to our advocacy work today, we…

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Governor’s Budget Proposal Level Funds DPH, Cuts Critical Benefits

On Wednesday, January 27, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017. Baker’s budget proposal provides for a 3.5% increase in overall state spending, with mainly level funding for public health programs.

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House Passes Youth Indoor Tanning Ban

On January 27, 2016 the House passed the bill (S1994),  An Act Further Regulating Tanning Facilities, sponsored by Senator James Timilty. The bill cleared the Senate in September 2015. The bill prohibits people under the age of 18 from using…

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Action Alert: Attend Hearing on the Fair Share Constitutional Amendment

On Tuesday, January 19th, a legislative hearing will be held at the State House on the Fair Share Constitutional Amendment Campaign led by Raise Up Massachusetts. If passed, the Fair Share Amendment will create additional revenue which will be invested…

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“We Can Do Better Than 48th in the Nation”: Advocates Increase Efforts for Healthy Food Access

MPHA and our partners have been expanding our efforts in advocating funding for the MA Food Trust Program, which will increase healthy food access and create much needed jobs in neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth. Thanks to our mounting efforts in pressing Governor Baker to fund…

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MPHA Executive Director Advocates for Upstream Solutions at Diabetes Day at the State House

On November 17, 2015 activists from all over the state gathered in the State House’s Nurses Hall in recognition of Diabetes Day.  A growing and costly problem in Massachusetts, speakers addressed the consequences and the burdens of living with this…

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Economic Development Leaders Call on Governor to Release $2M for the Food Trust Program

Momentum has been building behind our call to Governor Baker to release funds for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program to increase access to healthy foods and jobs in low and moderate income communities.  Last week, 26 economic development leaders sent…

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MPHA Endorses Prevention Bill to Address the Opioid Crisis

The MPHA Board has endorsed a bill to create upstream prevention solutions to stem the deadly opioid epidemic. Representative James M. Cantwell sponsored the bill, Resolve Establishing a Special Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention (HD4211), which will establish a special…

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