MPHA is a Finalist!

Staff photo color correctedIn May, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) recognized MPHA for outstanding work in advocacy by selecting us as one of four finalists for the 2016 Excellence in Advocacy Award. This competitive award recognizes a nonprofit organization whose work has within the past two years affected significant public policy change through the education and mobilization of constituents, the general public, and/or public policy decision makers. This year’s award will be presented at MNN’s Nonprofit Awareness Day on June 27, 2016.

MPHA is proud of the progress we have made together with our community based partners, members, volunteers and activists. In just the last 24 months MPHA together with our partners have had several public health victories for Massachusetts including securing funding in the senate budget for the Massachusetts Food Trust program. Please join us as we celebrate this achievement and look to future public health victories in the state.

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Students of Codman Academy in Dorchester line up next to their teacher before presenting their research on traffic safety in Codman Square as part of MPHA and Partners HealthCare co-hosted Complete Streets event at the State House

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Recent MPHA Accomplishments 

During the past two years, MPHA has obtained many legislative victories and accomplishments, some of which are:

Check_Mark_clip_art_smallSuccessfully advocating for funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program in the FY17 Senate Budget

Check_Mark_clip_art_smallSuccessfully advocating to secure $250,000 for the Mass in Motion initiative in the FY16 Budget


MPHA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz kicks off MPHA advocacy event for the Massachusetts Food Trust at the State House

Check_Mark_clip_art_smallSelected as one of seven 2015 Social Innovators working to build organizational capacity with the Social Innovation Forum.

Check_Mark_clip_art_smallPassage of the Active Streets Bill as part of the Transportation Bond Bill (2014), and securing commitment of $20 million from MassDOT to implement the program (2014)

Check_Mark_clip_art_smallParticipation in the passage of Healthy Food Financing Initiative as part of the Environmental Bond Bill (2014)

Check_Mark_clip_art_smallSuccessfully advocating to increase DPH state funding by $3.8 million in the FY14 and FY15 state budgets, focusing on public health infrastructure

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Participants at Act FRESH Coalition Regional Convening get a chance to stretch while discussing policies to advance healthy food access and increase opportunities for physical activity

MPHA Policy Director Maddie Ribble educated Massachusetts legislators on the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund

MPHA Policy Director Maddie Ribble educates Massachusetts legislators on the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund which funds community based prevention programs