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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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Massachusetts SNAP Crisis is a Public Health Problem

Since 2014, the Massachusetts SNAP (food stamps) participation rate has declined at 8 times the national average, costing families and retailers $9.5 million per month in federal dollars. This decline is largely the result of unfiltered, erroneous data matching by…

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MA Ranks 1st Among 50 States in Overall Child Well-being- More to be Done

On February 25th, The Annie E. Casey Foundation published Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot. This report highlights Massachusetts as the state with the best overall child well-being. According to the report, government programs reduced the…

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MPHA Statement on Governor Baker’s FY2016 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, March 4th, Governor Baker released his first state budget proposal, offering a glimpse into his priorities and approach to governing. Baker is faced with tough choices to address a budget deficit for next fiscal year estimated at $1.5…

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Massachusetts Highlighted as National Leader for Prevention & Wellness Funds

The Prevention Institute recently released a paper to familiarize readers with Prevention and Wellness Funds and explore their impact on prevention and public health. Sustainable Investments in Health: Prevention and Wellness Funds highlights Massachusetts’ “strong commitment to community prevention efforts”…

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New Bedford Health Department Garners National Attention

MPHA congratulates the New Bedford Health Department for its national recognition as a leader in public health at last month’s APHA Annual Meeting & Conference. New Bedford is one of six health departments in the nation to be featured in…

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Dr. Monica Bharel Named Next Public Health Commissioner

Governor-elect Charlie Baker recently named Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program‘s chief medical officer Dr. Monica Bharel as leader of the state’s Department of Public Health.  In this role Dr. Bharel will oversee programs addressing all areas of public…

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Grant Will Fund Health Impact Assessment on Boston’s Living Wage Ordinance

Grant Will Fund Health Impact Assessment on Boston’s Living Wage Ordinance The Baystate Banner 11/13/2014 For years research has shown a link between low income and health problems, yet economic and labor policy decisions rarely take health considerations into account….

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Marylou Sudders Appointed as Head of Health & Human Services

Governor-elect Charlie Baker has named Marylou Sudders as the state’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sudders is the first woman to be appointed to the new Cabinet and will lead the state government’s largest executive agency, which includes 16…

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Recognizing a Public Health Leader – Thank You Cheryl Bartlett

MPHA would like to thank Cheryl Bartlett for leadership as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Ms. Bartlett has announced that she will be stepping down from her position in mid-December to serve as the Executive Director…

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