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Carlo DeMaria, Mayor of Everett and Kathleen O’Brien, Director of the Everett Community Health Partnership, Champion the MA Food Trust

On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 The Everett Independent published an OpEd titled, “Affordable Food: Everett’s Pathway to Health and Economic Vitality” by Mayor Carlo DeMaria and Kathleen O’Brien, Director of the Everett Community Health Partnership.  The article talks about the need…

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Important Focus: Updates on Legislation Addressing Opioid Crisis

On October 15, 2015 Governor Baker proposed a bill to address the opioid crisis in Massachusetts. “An Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education, and Prevention” includes a 72-hour limit on an opioid supply prescribed by a doctor, establishes a new requirement…

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MPHA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz Testifies before Committee on the Healthy Incentives Program

On October 13, 2015, MPHA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz testified before the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities in support of S69, An Act establishing the healthy incentives program. The bill (sponsored by Senator Eileen Donoghue and Representative…

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Strong, Beautiful Voices from the Berkshires

It’s not every day that vans full of advocates pull up to MPHA’s office in downtown Boston. But that’s exactly what happened this September. Over the summer MPHA established a relationship with the relatively new coalition, Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO),…

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MPHA Policy and Field Directors to speak at Food for Good conference in Amherst

Food For Good: Cultivating Sustainable Solutions to Hunger in Massachusetts will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The statewide conference led by a steering committee of hunger activists is focused around cultivating solutions to hunger…

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MA Legislature Takes Preventative Approach to Opioid Crisis

On Thursday, October 1, 2015 the Massachusetts Senate approved a bill (S 2020) that takes a preventative approach to addressing the opioid crisis in Massachusetts. The bill allows pharmacists to fill schedule II prescription drugs, the highest risk drugs, in amounts less…

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MPHA Rallies Support for Priority Legislation

MPHA and our allies have been in high gear at the State House since Labor Day. Legislative committees held several hearings on priority public health legislation, which gave MPHA, our members, and our coalition allies, the chance to make our…

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Comment on EEA’s draft Environmental Justice Policy

The public comment period on the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ draft Environmental Justice Policy is open until October 9, 2015.  The draft Environment Justice (EJ) Policy is a direct result of the Executive Order for Environmental Justice signed by Governor…

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The Results Are In – 2010 School Nutrition Law has Resulted in Healthier Food Options in Massachusetts Schools; Federal Standards Under Attack

A recent study released by Northeastern University shows impressive results after just one year of implementation of the 2010 School Nutrition Law. MPHA and our members worked hard to see the passage of the 2010 School Nutrition Law which was needed…

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Obama Administration Unveils New Regulations to Fight Housing Segregation

On July 8, 2015 the Obama Administration unveiled stricter regulations regarding federal funding for housing. The new rules are intended to bolster the 1968 Fair Housing Act’s mandate that localities proactively promote racial desegregation in housing. Under the new rules, local governments must show that they…

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