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January 2017 Advocacy Actions

Join us in calling your legislators to sign on as co-sponsors for the following legislation that promotes the health and well-being of our communities.  In addition, please check out MPHA's letter in support of Attorney General Healey's Lawsuit Against President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration and learn actions you can take to protect the health and well-being of immigrants!

Promote Public Health through the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund

The first program of its kind in the country, the Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund has been recognized as a national model to implement evidence based programs that improve health AND reduce costs.  Funding for this effort will sunset in mid-2017 without action from the Legislature.

View the fact sheet, or for more information, contact Maddie Ribble at

Protect Children's Vision - Set Up a Vision Registry

Thirteen years ago, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted a law to ensure that all children are screened for vision problems upon entering kindergarten or within 30 days of the start of the school year.   However, there is no mechanism in place to collect and evaluate data, or measure the law's effectiveness or respond to areas of need.

A registry is needed to guide interventions to improve the eye health and school readiness of children in MA.  The Children's Vision Massachusetts is asking for your support of HD3109/SD1517.  

Visit or view the fact sheet.

Make It Easier to Get Food Benefits - Close the SNAP Gap

The SNAP gap refers to the 680,000 people in MA who are receiving MassHealth and likely eligible for SNAP, but are currently not receiving benefits.

This act would create a common application portal to allow low income households to apply for MassHealth and SNAP at the same time, thus laying a foundation for a common application portal for safety-net benefits, reduce duplicate data collection, and increase efficiency of state government. 

View more information on the SNAP Gap and Create a Common App!

PHC and MPHA Support Attorney General's Lawsuit Against President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

Today the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) expressed strong support for Attorney General Maura Healey's lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional executive order on immigration issued by President Trump. This order is a direct threat to our public health and safety and it should not stand. Immigrants working in all sectors of our economy provide tremendous resource to our state and nation. When immigrants are made to feel afraid of deportation or at constant risk, there are direct health consequences for them, their families and entire communities.

Read the full MPHA statement.

The Impact of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Immigrant Health: Perceptions of Immigrants in Everett, Massachusetts, USA

What You Can Do

Human Impact Partners has put together a guide for public health professionals on what we can do to protect immigrants and preserve public health: 

Public Health Actions for Immigrant Rights:A Short Guide to Protecting Undocumented Residents and Their Families for the Benefit of Public Health and All Society