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Upcoming Hearings and MPHA Priority Legislation Status Updates

Important public health hearings coming up in September: 9.15.15 – Local Public Health Commission Bill “An Act establishing the special commission on local and regional public health” sponsored by Rep. Garlick – 1pm before the Public Health Committee. 9.15.15 –…

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Coming Up on Tuesday, August 4th: Earned Sick Time Information Session with the Attorney General’s Office

The Attorney General’s office is hosting an information session about the Earned Sick Time law which went into effect on July 1st. The Attorney General’s invitation states, “We will provide guidance on implementation, explain employers’ and employees’ rights and responsibilities, and provide opportunities for…

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Local Partners Speak on Behalf of Mass Food Trust at Economic Development Listening Sessions

On Thursday June 25th, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash held six Economic Development Plan Listening Sessions across the state. The listening sessions occurred simultaneously in Worcester, Springfield, Quincy, Lynn, West Barnstable, and Lowell, and were facilitated by the…

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Earned Sick Leave Takes Effect Today – July 1st!

Earned Sick Leave takes effect today! This means workers will now be able to take time needed to care for themselves or a family member without fear of losing their job.  All of us at MPHA are so proud to…

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The Boston Foundation and NEHI Release a New Report Identifying Five Priorities for a Healthier Massachusetts

The Boston Foundation June 18, 2015 While many indicators of health and wellness are steady or rising, a focus on five key priorities will be necessary if the state wants to improve public health and cut health-care spending, the authors…

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Media Highlights Need to Fund the Massachusetts Food Trust Program

The Massachusetts Food Trust Program, established in the legislature in 2014, would provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in low and moderate income communities. Securing financing for this program…

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Take Action: Public Health Priorities at Risk in Final Stages of State Budget

A six-member Conference Committee begins deliberations this week on the state’s fiscal year 2016 budget. The Conference Committee will decide the final funding levels for public health programs and the fate of important policies contained in the budget. Please take…

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Call to Action: Support Funding for BSAS/DPH to Combat the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in MA

Funding is needed to provide a greater investment in addiction services that is critically needed at this time in order to address the ongoing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts. In 2014, over 1,000 Massachusetts residents died as a result…

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New Bedford Receives Grant to Bolster Food Security

New Bedford, MA, is the recipient of $39,000 to increase food security in New Bedford and advance the Sustaining New Bedford Plan goals by promoting use of the SNAP benefits program at city farmers’ markets and enhancing engagement with community gardens….

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Mass. could do more to boost access to healthy, affordable food

The Boston Globe Letter to the Editor June 2, 2015 Mass. could do more to boost access to healthy, affordable food ACCORDING TO a 2010 study, more than 1 million Massachusetts residents live in urban and rural communities with limited…

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