Healthy Food Initiatives

Making healthier foods are more accessible in the retail food environment, especially among under-served populations is an important public health goal. The healthy choice should be the easy choice – the default choice.

Tobacco Control

Despite substantial gains made to tobacco control efforts over that past several decades, smoking remains the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in the nation. In Massachusetts, we  changed social norms surrounding tobacco, but there is much more to do to eliminate the epidemic of tobacco and nicotine use.


In November 2012, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana ballot initiative. The vote was 63% to 37%, with only 2 municipalities voting against it. The MDPH was charged with promulgating regulations relative to medical marijuana and administering a distribution program.

MASS in Motion

Mass in Motion is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living. Working with communities, schools, childcare centers, and businesses to create changes that make it easy for people to eat better and move more, MASS in Motion helps residents to eat healthy and live well.

Massachusetts Association of Health Boards

MAHB’s mission is to assist and support boards of health in meeting their statutory and service responsibilities, through programs of education, technical assistance, representation, and resource development.

Massachusetts Boards of Health are responsible under general laws, state and local regulations, for disease prevention and control, health and environmental protection, and promoting a healthy community.

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News & Announcements


Dear Board of Health Members:

As you are aware, the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards provides professional development to members of our local boards of health and is the body which is looked to by our member boards to help pass legislation and to provide local public health information to various agencies in Massachusetts.  As such, we are continually monitoring any trends which may have adverse  health consequences for our state’s inhabitants. 

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Facing an explosion of vaping-related illnesses, Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday he is ordering a four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products in Massachusetts, the latest — and perhaps furthest-reaching — move to address what the governor called a public...

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SAPHE Fact Sheet

Establishing the State Action for Public Health Excellence (SAPHE) Program

Please Co-Sponsor HD2682/SD922 by Representatives Kane and Garlick & Senator Lewis

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