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Last Chance to Support Public Health Funding in the FY18 Budget

The FY18 state budget is now in its final stage.  The legislature recently appointed a six member Conference Committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget and to produce a final budget to be…

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Action Alert! Advocate for Healthy Food Access in the State Budget

On April 10, 2017, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their proposal for the FY18 state budget without funding for two important issues that address healthy food access and affordability: the Massachusetts Food Trust and the SNAP Gap….

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Action Alert! Protect the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF)!

Please contact your state Representative this week to ask them to co-sponsor Amendment #24 to continue funding for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. On April 10, 2017, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their proposal for the…

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Ask your Legislators to Support MPHA FY18 Budget Priorities

On January 25, 2017, Governor Baker released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. Governor Baker’s budget is now being examined by the legislature, which will debate the budget starting in April.  Now is the time to make sure that…

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Governor Baker cuts $98M from Budget Including Cuts to Prevention and Substance Use Treatment

On Tuesday December 6th, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker announced $98 million in state budget cuts.  About $10M was cut from the Department for Public Health (DPH). DPH Cuts included funding for Community Health Centers, Substance Use Prevention, AIDS/HIV prevention and…

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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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Take Action – Support Public Health Funding in the Budget

Now is the time to act to make sure that essential public health funding is included in the FY17 budget! Please contact your Senator TODAY and urge him or her to sign on as co-sponsor to the important amendments listed…

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House Budget Advances Key Measures on Substance Abuse Prevention and Food Affordability

On April 27th, the House passed its version of the fiscal year 2017 budget, considering 1,300 amendments over 3 days. The final House budget contained several meaningful successes, including an amendment from Rep. Cantwell to create a  Promote Prevent Commission to evaluate…

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Strong Support for the Massachusetts Food Trust Event at MPHA State House Event

On March 29, MPHA hosted an event at the State House attended by more than 100 statewide business leaders, community partners and legislators to support the call to fund the Massachusetts Food Trust (Food Trust).  The focus of the event…

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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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