Massachusetts Public Health Association
Action for Equity in Health   
 September 2017
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Autumn is upon us and that means things are active again on Beacon Hill! MPHA and our partners continue to work hard on several initiatives to advance health equity, including:  
  • guiding and ensuring swift implementation of the MA Food Trust,
  • advancing transportation equity through organizing, advocacy and targeted communications, and
  • leading the charge to make certain that social determinants of health (SDOH) are fully integrated into health care reform. 
More details on this important work will be unfolding in the coming months, so stay tuned! 
You can learn more about the timely, exciting opportunities for addressing SDOH through health care in Massachusetts by joining us on November 29th for the  2017 MPHA Annual Meeting You will want to be a part of this important conversation!  Get your ticket today!  
I am also delighted to report that in August, MPHA's board voted to endorse  legislation  allowing judges to sentence parents and other caregivers to community-based programs or community supervision rather than jail or prison. A newly released report by Human Impact Partners and Families for Justice and Healing focuses on the health equity impacts of this public health approach to sentencing.
Thank you for everything that you do to advance health equity in Massachusetts. 
I look forward to seeing you on November 29th! 


Jodie L. Silverman
Interim Executive Director
Reserve Your Seat at the MPHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo Today!
Join us on November 29th at the  DCU Center  in Worcester for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo! This year's meeting will  feature a panel of national and state visionaries shaping health care transformation by focusing on the integration of the social determinants of health into health care. The meeting will also feature dynamic workshops offering tools and skill building opportunities. 
Policy FocusPolicyNotes
Supporting Affordable and Safe Homes and Healthy Communities in Massachusetts 
When MPHA reached out to communities across the Commonwealth during our 2017-2018 priority setting, we heard regularly that lack of access to affordable, quality housing is a significant barrier to good health for many of our neighbors. This is especially true for Black and Latino families due to the compounding effects of historical and continued discrimination in housing, employment, and the criminal justice system.

Increasing access to affordable, safe housing is among MPHA's top priorities this legislative cycle. As an active member of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (MSGA), MPHA is participating in the Great Neighborhoods Campaign to increase the number of affordable homes while also creating safer, healthier, and thriving communities

The health impacts of affordable housing shortages are many, including: 
  • Greater levels of chronic stress in both children and adults 
  • Increased likelihood of experiencing food insecurity
  • Increased likelihood of foregoing health care due to cost, and
  • Greater exposure to contaminants such as lead and asthma inducing triggers
Along with creating more affordable and safer homes, the Great Neighborhoods Campaign will create walkable neighborhoods which foster better health by:
  • Increasing opportunities for physical activity
  • Allowing older adults to age in place and with the community support they need
  • Allowing for closer proximity to important resources such as transportation and health care, and
  • Reducing exposure to air pollution and mitigating climate change impact
To voice your support for Great Neighborhoods, please sign this petition! To learn more about great neighborhoods, click here
Member Corner
Member Spotlight: Interview with Carl Sciortino, AIDS Action Committee Executive Director 
AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Scriortino
MPHA enjoys a diverse membership of organizational partners who share our vision for an equitable and healthy Commonwealth. Each partner in our membership program is vital to supporting MPHA's work for health equity.

This month, we are happy to highlight the work of our partner in public health, AIDS Action Committee. Click here to read our interview with AIDS Action Executive Director Carl Sciortino. 

To learn how your organization can become a member of MPHA, click here
Public Health Bulletinbulletin
MPHA Field Director Will Lead Coalition Building Training in Worcester
MPHA Field Director Andrea Freeman
In October, MPHA Field Director Andrea Freeman will lead a two-part training on coalition building. The morning session will focus on keys to coalition development and sustaining momentum through coalition life-cycles. During the afternoon session, participants will examine their coalition structure and explore other models and approaches.

Date:  October 11, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester, MA

Baker Administration Launches Campaign to Help Parents Protect Children from Opioid Misuse 
highschool_brick.jpgOn August 31, 2017, The Department of Public Health announced the launch of the Stop Addiction Before it Starts Campaign to raise awareness among parents about what they can do to protect their middle and high school-aged kids from prescription drug misuse and addiction. 

Click here to view campaign website
Upcoming Public Health Events 
9.27.17: Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform.  Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network at Mass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences.   Click here for more info and to register

9.28.17: Gun Violence: Stories Behind the Numbers. Boston University School of Public Health. Click here for more info and to register

9.29.17:  Online Training: Using Data to Tell Your Story. Community Health Training Institute.  Click here for more info and to register

10.11.17: Using Epidemiology to Study Policy as Well as to Inform It. Boston University School of Public Health. Click here for more info and to register
The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the champion for public health in the Commonwealth. We are the catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and creating healthy communities for all. For more information, visit us at or call 857.263.7072.