“As overwhelming as conditions are right now, things would be much worse were it not for MPHA’s vision in forming the Equity Task Force early in the pandemic, and for their moral clarity and the toughness of their advocacy. Please renew your support for MPHA today, so they can keep this up!”
- State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz


As you know, 2020 has been a year like no other. The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of life in our state – and in the US and the world. At MPHA, it has brought new urgency to our efforts to support local public health departments and boards of health, who are working on the front lines to respond to this crisis. It has also shone a spotlight on the importance of our long-standing work to reduce health inequities.
Thanks to supporters like you, MPHA has been working flat out since the pandemic hit to address the critical issues associated with COVID-19, including:

  • Launching the Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity to make rapid policy recommendations, amplify the voices of those most impacted, and advocate for a more equitable state response;

  • Coordinating closely with the state’s COVID-19 Command Center to channel emergency state funding to the Commonwealth’s 351 local health departments and boards of health;

While we have achieved some notable successes, we know that we must do much, much more. That is why we hope you will join with us by making a contribution today. Your participation will help us succeed in pressing for safe, equitable and effective reopening policies, as well as for critical investments in local public health.
Given the scale of devastation from COVID-19 – approximately 10,000 Massachusetts residents have already lost their lives – we believe that we have a moral obligation to use this moment to achieve real and lasting change. As a result, MPHA is seizing this opportunity to launch several key initiatives, including:

  • Building a broad coalition to pass the Statewide Accelerated Public Health for Every Community Act (SAPHE 2.0), which will bring much-needed improvements to our state’s inefficient and inadequate local public health system.

  • Joining forces with like-minded organizations to advocate for a fair state budget that meets the needs of this moment. With tax revenues down, we must ensure that poor and marginalized families do not bear the burden of balancing the state budget, especially as the economic fallout of COVID-19 continues to impact low-wage workers and communities of color most acutely.

  • Advocating for a safe and equitable reopening and recovery. As part of this effort, we are continuing to speak out against state policies that have led to and continue to lead to an unnecessarily high and inequitable death toll.

We know you share our commitment to creating healthy communities for ALL Massachusetts residents, regardless of their zip code. We hope that we can count on your generous support as we strive to address the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. Thank you for being part of the movement for greater equity and health.

Carlene Pavlos
Executive Director
Massachusetts Public Health Association
Jodie Silverman
Massachusetts Public Health Association
P.S. You can also donate by texting "MPHA" to 44-321.
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