Dear fellow equity advocate, 
Two weeks ago, Governor Baker declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, but there is still...  
  • No clear plan to protect the health of people living in shelters-they need more space to allow for physical distancing and safe, dignified spaces for quarantine, when needed
  • No clear message from the Governor to reassure the public that everyone will have access to safe testing and treatment regardless of immigration status. 
How You Can Help:

Step 1. Please contact Governor Baker now:
  • Call: (617) 725-4005  
  • Tweet: @MassGovernor
  • Email: Use this link
Step 2: Tell him that we need two things immediately:
  • A clear plan and guidance for the health and safety of people living in shelters. People in shelters must have access to the space recommended by state public health officials in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, as well as a safe place to quarantine, isolate, and recover if needed.
  •  A loud and clear message-in multiple languages-that immigrants are valued members of the Commonwealth. The Governor and other elected leaders must reassure the public that everyone has access to safe testing and treatment regardless of immigration status.
Step 3: Share this action alert with your network.
Step 4: Tell us you took action, by contacting Andrea Freeman  or tagging @MApublichealth on Twitter.

We'll have updates out soon about the other two  initial priorities identified by the Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus . For more information about this Task Force,   click here.

Thanks for your partnership and commitment to health equity.


Carlene Pavlos
Executive Director

Massachusetts Public Health Association | (857) 263-7072 | |