Massachusetts Public Health Association
Action for a Healthy Massachusetts 

 August 2013 
In This Issue
1. Prevention and Wellness Trust Funding Application to be Released August 26
Save the Date! "Healthy By Design" with Mark Fenton October 9
3. November 4th for MPHA's Networking and Awards Reception at APHA
4. MPHA Leaders Publish Commentary on Population Health in Payment Reform
5. State and Local Leaders Push for Active Streets
6. Act FRESH Helps Grow Advocacy Capacity of Local Leaders
7. Event: Oct. 22- Ounce of Prevention Conference 2013; Awards Nominations Open
8. Event: Oct. 10-11 - Childhood Obesity in the Community: Turning Science Into Care
9. Massachusetts Food Plan RFR Released
10. Event: Sept. 17 - 2nd Annual Workplace Wellness Conference
11. "Our Healthy Mass" User Survey and Training

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Prevention Trust Funding Application to be Released Aug. 26th 
The Department of Public Health plans to release a funding application for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund on August 26th. Last month, four listening sessions were held to gather public input into the development of the funding application. The listening sessions were attended by roughly 300 community members who came out to offer input on topics such as evaluating effective partnerships, addressing rural challenges, defining community-clinical linkages, and many others. To view the PowerPoint presented at the listening sessions, click here. The DPH executive summary of the listening sessions can be found here


In addition, the following meeting dates and deadlines were announced at the July 29th Prevention and Wellness Advisory Board meeting: Read On



Save the Date! "Healthy By Design" with Mark Fenton on October 9th
Join us at the State House on Wednesday, October 9th from 1:00 - 2:30pm for "Healthy By Design: Planning and Development for Vibrant Communities" an event with internationally renowned public health, planning and transportation expert Mark Fenton.  Learn how community design impacts health, honor innovative Massachusetts communities, and support the passage of the Active Streets and Zoning Reform Bills with the former host of "America's Walking" on PBS. We hope to see you there!


Save the Date: November 4th for MPHA's Networking and Awards Reception at APHA

Join MPHA and your colleagues from around the Commonwealth for a networking and awards reception when the American Public Health Association (APHA) comes to Boston this fall!

Monday, November 4, 2013
6:30 pm -8:00 pm

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Please note: this reception is open to the public.


Contact or (857) 263-7072, Ext.113 to learn more.



MPHA Leaders Publish Commentary on Population Health in Payment Reform
Two MPHA Board members, Karen Hacker, MD, MPH and Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, recently published commentary in the American Journal of Public Health about integrating population health into reform of the health care payment system. Their commentary, "Achieving Population Health in Accountable Care Organizations," discusses how providing for a broader definition of community health could improve relationships between clinical delivery and public health system, as well as improve health outcomes for communities. Hacker and Klein Walker examine what resources and strategies can overcome obstacles to achieve population health goals, and provide recommendations for linking affordable care organizations (ACOs) with the public health system in order to improve health for patients and their communities. 
State and Local Leaders Push for Active Streets 
On Thursday, July 18th, active transportation advocates, including the Act FRESH Campaign, dominated an otherwise sparsely-attended hearing of the legislature's Community Development and Small Business Committee. MPHA and our allies came out to support the Active Streets Bill (Senate Bill 68), sponsored by Senator Harriette Chandler, which would provide an incentive and financial support to municipalities to invest in infrastructure for walking, biking, and public transit.  Read On
Act FRESH Helps Grow Advocacy Capacity of Local Leaders
 MPHA's Deputy Field Director Andrea Freeman has been busy traveling all over the  state introducing MPHA and the Act FRESH campaign to new community partners, deepening longtime relationships, and supporting community leaders to build their advocacy capacity.  Read On 
Event: October 22 - Ounce of Prevention Conference 2013; Awards Nominations Open
Join the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the 2013 Ounce of Prevention Conference: Many Paths to Healthier Communities. The Conference will bring together a wide range of stakeholders in support of healthier communities in Massachusetts on October 22, 2013 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough.  Read On
Event: October 10-11 - Childhood Obesity in the Community: Turning Science Into Care

Join the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, and Boston Children's Hospital for a conference titled "Childhood Obesity in the Community: Turning Science Into Care". This unprecedented conference will address how the latest childhood obesity research is being translated into successful community interventions at the Boston Marriott at Long Wharf, October 10-11, 2013.  Read On



Massachusetts Food Plan RFR Released

On behalf of the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has just posted a Massachusetts Food Plan Facilitating Entity RFR "to select the organization or entity that will be responsible for ensuring planning process design, stakeholder facilitation and project management, and completing a well laid-out vision and plan to increase agricultural production, processing and distribution that will serve as economic stimulus and address multiple related public health and food security issues." Responses are due September 9th, 2013 by 5:00 pm.


To view the full RFR and all other forms, please visit and go to the "search for a solicitation" field and use key words "food plan".



Event: September 17 - 2nd Annual Workplace Wellness Conference
Join the Workplace Wellness Council of Massachusetts in association with Northeast Human Resources Association for their 2nd Annual Wellness Conference, Transforming Worksite Wellness Beyond ROI on September 17, 2013 at the Westford Regency Hotel. This year's keynote speaker is Ron Goetzel, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert in health and productivity management, program evaluation, and return-on-investment and outcomes research. The conference will address impacts beyond healthcare cost savings, organizational culture and effectiveness, as well as the challenges and limitations of ROI studies.  Read On
"Our Healthy Mass" User Survey and Training

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has launched a new website, "Our Healthy Mass." The site was created to provide information to Massachusetts residents on the health of their communities and to chart the progress of the Community Transformation Grants and the Mass in Motion program to help create a healthier Massachusetts. "Our Healthy Mass" features municipal health profiles, data stories, local health program information, and mapping tools.


MAPC invites your participation to provide them with your feedback as they work to further develop this new resource. To provide feedback, please visit the site and fill out this survey.


For a more hands on experience, sign up for a MAPC Our Healthy Mass Training on Thursday, August 22 from 1pm-3pm. Please RSVP here.



The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the state's leading voice for public health.  As a statewide membership organization, we engage communities in advocacy to protect and improve the health of all the Commonwealth's residents.  Our focus is on preventing disease and injury.

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