Dear Friend and Partner
2018 has been an exciting year at MPHA. Together with partners like you, we have accomplished real victories that mean something in the lives and health of all the residents of Massachusetts. Whether through advocating for funding in the state budget, for improved policies with the executive branch, or the passage of new legislation, we know that our joint accomplishments answer real needs and push the needle toward health equity in the Commonwealth.
Now is a time to say thank you. Thank you to each of you who have worked with us, thought with us, collaborated with us, and given to us. We are truly grateful.
Yet, these are complex times. MPHA’s social justice mission of eliminating health inequities and creating healthy communities for everyone in the Commonwealth stands at a pressure point between opportunity and backlash. The language of the “Social Determinants of Health,” and the recognition that the daily conditions of life largely shape our health, is now firmly established with policy makers, the health care system, and advocates alike. At the same time, the national dialogue and federal policy efforts threaten the most fundamental values on which our mission is built.
Now is also a time for action! January 2019 marks a new legislative session and MPHA and our supporters will be there to advocate for policies and programs that address the impacts of racism, combat poverty, promote healthy and vibrant communities, and have immediate and long-term effects on the lives of people living in this state.
I hope you enjoy reading some of the past year’s successes in this report. And I hope the victories that are described remind you of the power of collective action and leave you excited for the work ahead.