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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