State Action for Public Health Excellence (SAPHE)

The SAPHE bill was finalized on April 24, 2020 with updated language adopted in both chambers consistent with what the Coalition on Local Public Health had advocated.  The bill was enacted in both chambers. It is now headed to Governor Baker for his signature.

MAHB congratulates everyone who worked on this bill.    Please send a quick note of thanks to Representatives Hannah Kane (11th Worcester Republican 167 (617) 722-2810  and Denise Garlick (13th Norfolk Democrat 238 (617) 722-2380 and Senator Jason Lewis (Fifth Middlesex Democrat 511-B (617) 722-1206. for their leadership in getting this bill over the finish line.

ARCHIVED SAPHE  Announcements – 4/23/2020

State Action for Public Health Excellence (SAPHE) Program (S1294/H1935) by Senator Jason Lewis and Representatives Kane and Denise Garlick

Brief update from Massachusetts Public Health Association – January 6, 2020: The SAPHE Bill is currently in the House Committee on Ways and Means (see above links).   The state operating budget is due out on January 22, 2019  The SAPHE Coalition (see coalition contact Kristina Kimani below) is endorsing $1,700,000 that will allow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to focus on several critical education and training areas including shared services.  We will need your help in advocating for this budget request. To read more about SAPHE go to

Contact: Kristina Kimani, Coalition & Advocacy Manager, Massachusetts Public Health Association
50 Federal Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA  02110,  (Direct) 857-302-7230  SAPHE Fact Sheet.