MAHB 2020 Certificate Program

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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.


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.

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.

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

2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China

JANUARY 25, 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus,...

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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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An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control

Dear Board of Health Members:

On December 11, 2019, new regulations

(105 CMR 665) that restrict the sale of nicotine vaping and flavored vaping and tobacco products. The new lawi An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control, which provided the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with additional authority to regulate access to tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems, including vapes. Enforcement of regulations has been delegated to the Local Boards of Health


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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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