MPHA releases 2nd annual legislative report
The Maine Public Health Association Board, Staff and partners are proud to release our second annual Legislative Report. As a state-wide organization that supports best-practice, evidence-based policy work, we advocate for practice and policy that improves and sustains the health and well-being of Maine residents. This report documents MPHA priority bills, their final disposition and whether that vote is consistent with MPHA’s official position on the bill. The first session of the 126th legislature presents one of the most challenging sessions in recent history for public health interests, resulting in limited advancement in legislative policy. In an era where science is readily available and policy implementation holds the key to our largest public health problems and related costs, we were truly challenged to understand legislative actions that did not support effortsto decrease death, disease and financial burden to our society. We look forward to a time when public health and prevention are not considered partisan issues but are unanimously supported by all legislators as the right choices for Maine citizens.
To read more from the Legislative Report click 'download' below for the full report. [Download Document]
MPHA obesity policy committee introduces SSB fact sheets
The MPHA's Obesity Policy Committee is proud to introduce three Sugar Sweetened Beverage fact sheets for all members and public to use and disseminate. Our committee worked with a graduate student (MPH) from University of New England to develop these multi-use documents. [Download Document]
MPHA adopts Sugar Sweetened Beverage Resolution
Maine Public Health Association Board of Directors adopted a Sugar Sweetened Beverage resolution at our January 2013 board meeting. We hope this resolution will serve as a model for other organizations to use when considering their own resolutions and SSB consumption reduction strategies. If you would like a word version of the resolution, please contact Tina Pettingill at firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Public Health Association also has a SSB policy statement- you can find it here http://www.apha.org/advocacy/policy/policysearch/default.htm?id=1437[Download Document]
Top 10 Reasons to Join MPHA
There are many more than 10 reasons to become a member of your public health association, but we tried to narrow it down to a one-page document for those of you who want more information about MPHA!
MPHA relies on membership, grants and donations to sustain our organization and advocacy efforts. Please join today![Download Document]
MPHA and iGIVE join together!
iGIVE is a super easy way for friends and family to donate to MPHA without costing you a dime (seriously!). Just sign-up for iGIVE www.iGive.com/MainePHA and most stores that you shop online with will donate a small percentage of your purchase to MPHA- it is completely free to you and will not change anything about the way you shop-- except that you can feel good about knowing that you are shopping AND donating at the same time!
Sign-up today at www.iGive.com/MainePHA and help your favorite advocacy organization while you shop!