Category Archives: Public Health

Everything related to improving the health of populations.

DPH Announces Historic Prevention Trust Grants

Huge news. Today the Department of Public Health announced the first grant awards to nine recipients from the $60 million Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This marks a historic milestone in Massachusetts health reform, as we expand our focus … Continue reading

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DPH: Asked To Do More With Less

These are the weeks that the final decisions on the governor’s budget proposal for next year are being made by the administration. We have a number of budget requests for health care, starting with full restoration of dental benefits for … Continue reading

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DPH Listening Session, and Compassion in Action Empathy Webinar

Two Upcoming Events of Interest: The MA Department of Public Health has been holding a series of Community Health Dialogues around the state to talk about the work and priorities of the Department and hear from community members about their … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Rebekah Gewirtz, New MPHA Executive Director

HCFA congratulates Rebekah Gewirtz, who was named yesterday as the head of the Mass Public Health Association. Rebekah has been a long-time friend and ally of HCFA through her work with the state Association of Social Workers. She’s been an … Continue reading

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RWJF Reports on Massachusetts’ First in the Nation Prevention and Wellness Trust

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report today about the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust, passed in 2012 as a part of our payment and delivery system reform law. The Prevention Trust, the first of its kind in the … Continue reading

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Public Health Council Meets Tomorrow

The Public Health Council is meeting tomorrow (Wednesday 10/16) at the Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, 2nd floor. See the agenda here (pdf). Topics to be covered include draft regulations on information for patients about palliative care and … Continue reading

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Tobacco Tax Increased Today: Win – Win – Win – Win …. (how many wins do you want?)

Today Massachusetts increased its tobacco taxes, on both cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. Back when the legislature was debating tobacco taxes in the 1990s, one legislator called it a win-win policy, and another responded that it was a win-win-win … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Debate Starts Wednesday – Here’s Our Amendment Recommendations

Tomorrow the state Senate will begin debating its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. Like the House budget did, the Senate Ways and Means version starts out with a strong commitment to … Continue reading

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People With Disabilities And Others: Please Fill Out This Survey From Mass DPH

[From Mass DPH:] Help influence health care in Massachusetts. The Health and Disability Program, part of Office of Health Equity at the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) is conducting a health needs survey for people with disabilities in Massachusetts. … Continue reading

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Wellness Plan Tax Break Advances

The Public Health Council at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health today voted in favor of an emergency regulation to enact a tax credit incentive for small businesses which create wellness plans for their employees. In encouraging preventative health measures … Continue reading

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