Department of Public Health

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks to prevent illness, injury and premature death, assure access to high quality public health and healthcare services, and to promote wellness and health equity across the state. MHA engages with DPH on numerous issues ranging from responses to the opioid epidemic and tobacco cessation to healthcare facility licensure and workforce safety, advocating for the interests and concerns of our members.
Saying that healthcare providers have “a moral obligation to help patients remain alive and healthy until they can choose recovery,” MHA on Wednesday testified in support of a Massachusetts senate bill that would allow DPH to implement safe injection
Each week of August will feature a specific theme, relating to infants and children, pregnant women, adults, preteens and teens, with the last week focusing on “back to school immunization issues.
Following legislative review by the recently created Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, the House and Senate last week approved differing bills that amend the state’s new law legalizing the commercial sale of marijuana.
MHA, hospitals, health systems and other providers have made great strides in healthcare payment and delivery reform, thanks to Massachusetts' health reform law of 2006 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Hospitals and other healthcare providers are a foundation for good in the United States, but our nation’s very solid progress toward accessible, high-quality care for all residents is now under siege.
Emergency department (ED) boarding for patients in need of inpatient psychiatric and substance use disorder services is a problem.
TOBACCO FREE MASS is holding its Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser on Thursday, June 23, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Massachusetts Medical Society.
TOBACCO FREE MASS is holding its Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser on Thursday, June 23, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Massachusetts Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham.
TOBACCO FREE MASS is holding its Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser on Thursday, June 23, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Massachusetts Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham.
MHA sent a letter to EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders on May 6, requesting reconsideration of scheduled eligibility changes to the state’s Health Safety Net program, and, in particular, the new presumptive determination policy.
Twenty-eight Massachusetts hospitals have signed the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.
Nancy Ridley, assistant DPH commissioner from 1994 to 2007, passed away on April 27 at age 71.
Cindy L. Russo, MS, RN, FACHE, has been named President/Chief Administrative Officer of Baystate Franklin Medical Center/Baystate Health Northern Region.
The state’s new law to combat the opioid crisis contains a new requirement.
04.25.2016  | Transition
Laura Ames is the new CEO at New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn. She most recently was CEO of Arbour Hospital from July 2013 to April 2016, and before that SVP of Behavioral Health Services at Sisters of Providence Health System.
04.18.2016  | Transition
The State House News Service reported on Thursday that Aron Boros, the executive director of the Center for Health Information and Analysis since November 2012, will leave his post on June 17.
On May 25, Schwartz Center will hold its 14th Annual Celebration of Women in Healthcare.
Health Care For All’s signature fundraising event this year is entitled “Patient-Centered Care: For The People” and takes place Tuesday, May 3.
National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16) is when a special focus is put on encouraging people.
In November 2015, MHA’s Board of trustees signed on to AHA’s Equity of Care Campaign – a national effort to eliminate healthcare disparities.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit:
  • Directory of Government Officials
  • 2016-2017/2017-2018 State Legislative Package