State House Rally a Success!

More than 130 people came together with incredible excitement and energy on June 9 to rally for the transformation of our local public health system! Together, we sent a clear message to our elected officials that we will not settle for any more Band-Aids on a broken system. We are now working to keep the momentum going, as we seek a major investment of federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. If you have not yet signed the open letter supporting our funding request, please add your name today! And don’t forget to share the link with friends and family who want to help create a 21st-century local public health system for Massachusetts!
MPHA is Hiring

MPHA is currently recruiting for a full-time Development Manager. Help us find great candidates for this new position by sharing the posting with your friends and colleagues! Read more here.

MPHA is also hiring for a part-time Central and Western MA Campaign Coordinator. This is a great part-time opportunity to engage community residents in exciting policy work. To find out more, click here.
Videos of Spring Awards Breakfast Now Available
 
For those of you who missed MPHA’s energizing and inspiring virtual Spring Awards Breakfast, the one-hour video is now available on our website. In addition, we hope you will watch and share our five-minute tribute video, honoring the thousands of local public health professionals and volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to keep our communities safe! Special thanks to our awardees Michael Curry, Esq. and Martha Velez, to our Platinum Sponsor Mass General Brigham, and to the many donors and sponsors who made the event such a success.
Progress for the Fair Share Amendment
 
The campaign for the Fair Share Amendment is building momentum! In early June, the Massachusetts Legislature convened a Constitutional Convention and overwhelmingly approved putting this Amendment on the ballot in 2022. If passed, the Fair Share Amendment would implement a 4% surtax on household incomes above $1 million. The resulting revenue, estimated at $2 billion annually, would be invested in education, infrastructure and public transportation. Show your support by taking the Fair Share Amendment Pledge and signing up for the launch event in Springfield (Today at 6 pm).
MPHA Invests in Transportation Justice

In an exciting new initiative, MPHA is partnering with Neighbor to Neighbor in Worcester and Springfield to support transportation justice and stable housing in neighborhoods. The goal of this effort is to grow the power of low-income residents and residents of color to influence transportation and housing policy decisions. The team will build grassroots coalitions that will organize to increase the affordability and accessibility of public transportation, improve air quality by reducing pollution, and protect residents from the impacts of gentrification. To learn more, click here.
Local Public Health Training Available
 
The Coalition for Local Public Health is now offering a new training opportunity, Public Health 101: A Toolkit to Educate Leaders on the Local Public Health System. CEUs are available, so register today for one of the following three workshop dates:
Learn how to educate local leaders in your community on the basics of the local public health system in MA, its importance, and the changes needed to strengthen the system.
Help Us Bid Farewell to Andrea

At the end of this month, Andrea Freeman will be leaving MPHA to run for Mayor of Leominster! Andrea has been at MPHA for nine years, first in the role of Field Director and now as our Director of Development and Special Projects. She leaves behind her a legacy of relationships built on respect and a commitment to a culture of team work. We will miss her, but are excited for her next chapter! We hope that those of you who have worked with Andrea will help contribute words of farewell. If you are interested in participating in an electronic card, please contact Veronica Cañas at vcanas@mapublichealth.org.
Massachusetts Public Health Association