Executive Committee Meetings/Minutes, Bylaws and Governance, Financials

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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Fall MAHB 2020 Certificate Program Postponed

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.


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.

September 8th, 9:30 – 11:00am – Register Free.


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

Go to the COVID-19 Orders

Having trouble keeping all the COVID-19 Orders in order?  Click Here to go to a listing at faegredrinker.com of all the Governor's orders along with other COVID resources.    

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Reopening Phase 3 Begins – See Standards and Guidances

Monday, July 6, 2020, marked the beginning of the first part of phase three in Massachusetts. Businesses and industries that have been closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic will be allowed to reopen.  Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday said phase four will not...

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Cheryl Sbarra, JD, New MAHB Executive Director

Cheryl Sbarra, J.D., Appointed Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards Cheryl Sbarra, J.D., has been appointed the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB) by a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors.  ...

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SAPHE Fact Sheet

Accelerating Improvements in the Massachusetts Local Public Health System The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the local public health system in Massachusetts is not adequately structured, staffed, or financed to meet large scale public health challenges. This action...

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COVID-19 Reopening Updates

New COVID-19 reopening guidelines have been issued by the Governor's Office in conjunction with the Department of Public Health. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to...

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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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