Bylaws and Governance

Does your health department need help with MAVEN case tracking  and isolation and contact tracing and quarantine –then click on Learn about the Community Tracing Collaborative

 

$502 Million Federal COVID-19 Relief Fund to Cities and Towns

Tobacco Control - Legal Victory for Local Public Health

The Massachusetts Appeals Court dismisses Cumberland Farms, Inc.’s argument that “Jazz” cigars are not flavored tobacco products, and affirms the Yarmouth Board of Health’s suspension of the store’s tobacco sales permit

The New Look At Nicotine Addiction

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MAHB 2020 Certificate Program

Photo: Marcia Benes and Ron O’Connor, 11/2019 Certificate Program

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.

Marijuana

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.

COVID-19 -- Legal BOH Guidance from the Massachusetts Association of Health Board

We will be posting guidance’s and recommendations for common legal public health questions that we have been receiving. Please click on the following link to view our latest set of guidance’s and recommendations.

COVID- 19 - Health-Related BOH Guidance from the Masschusetts Association of Health Boards

We will be posting guidance’s and recommendations for common health-related questions that we have been receiving. Please click on the following link to view our latest set of guidance’s and recommendations.  

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News & Announcements

COVID-19 – Updates

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that it is preparing to distribute up to $502 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to local cities and towns for eligible costs related to the COVID-19 response effort. The Administration is also providing guidance to local municipalities on this formal distribution process and establishing protocols to maximize the use of federal resources and promote compliance with federal restrictions. To read more, please go to

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SAPHE Fact Sheet

State Action for Public Health Excellence (SAPHE) 

Please Advocate for HD2682/SD922 by Representatives Kane and Garlick & Senator Lewis

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25th Annual MAHB Certificate Program

There will be three opportunities to attend.  Attend one or more.  Different simultaneous educational tracks in Taunton and Marlborough provide an opportunity to attend both sessions with different content.  The session in Northampton will be only one track. Sessions will be held on October 17th at the Blue Bonnet’s Event Room in Northampton, on November 7th at the Holiday Inn in Taunton and on November 14th, at the Holiday Inn in Marlborough. The program is currently being developed.  However you may download the 2019 program as an example.

 

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An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control

February 27, 2020 NEW -  SAMPLE REGULATION RESTRICTING THE SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS Due to the new tobacco law, local Boards of Health should review their current tobacco regulations and adopt new regulations or bylaws as  required.  Please review the sample...

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Legal Handbook Revision -Update

JANUARY 18, 2020. The legal handbook is undergoing a final review and will be available shortly.  We are currently adding sections explaining the new tobacco law "An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control" passed on December 11, 2019.  Check back soon for the next update.

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