MPHA is excited to announce a virtual kickoff event for the SAPHE 2.0 Coalition (Statewide Accelerated Public Health for Every Community), a coalition of public health, municipal, regional, state, and academic leaders who are working to accelerate new investments in our state's local public health system. Join us on Wednesday, September 30 from 9am-10am on Zoom to:
1) Learn about new legislation cosponsored by State Senator Jo Comerford, Representative Hannah Kane, and Vice Chair of Ways & Means Representative Denise Garlick to make major improvements to the local health system for all communities,
2) Learn how to help build support from legislators in YOUR community, and
3) Meet a network of dedicated professionals focused on building a sustainable, healthier, and more equitable future for our communities.
To Register for the Virtual Kick-off Event, click here:
**If you can't attend the event, but would like to stay involved, click here.**
Coalition Chairs include:
- Damon Chaplin, Director, Health Department, City of New Bedford
- Kevin Mizikar, Town Manager, Town of Shrewsbury
- Ruth Mori, President, Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses; Public Health Nurse/School Nurse Leader, Town of Wayland
- Aimee Petrosky, Health Director, Town of East Longmeadow
- Sigalle Reiss, President, Massachusetts Health Officers Association; Health Director, Town of Norwood
- Kevin Sweet, Town Administrator, Town of Wrentham
- Phoebe Walker, Director of Community Services, Franklin Regional Council of Governments
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inadequacies of the local public health system in Massachusetts. Please join us in the effort to create a stronger, more equitable system that will provide essential public health protections to all Massachusetts residents. Faced with the inequities revealed by this pandemic, we must seize this opportunity to make change. We owe it to our local public health heroes, who have worked ceaselessly to try to keep our communities safe over the past six months - and to all of those Massachusetts families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.
Thank you for your continued partnership in this important effort,