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Massachusetts Public Health Association

 14 Beacon Street, Suite 706
 Boston, MA 02108
[P] (857) 263-7072
[F] (857) 263-7068
[email protected]
Rebekah Gewirtz
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EIN 04-2326503

LAST UPDATED: 01/09/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the champion for public health in the Commonwealth.  We are the catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and creating healthy communities for all.

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the champion for public health in the Commonwealth.  We are the catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and creating healthy communities for all.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2015 to Mar 31, 2016
Projected Income $774,436.00
Projected Expense $683,637.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Act FRESH
  • Membership
  • Resource and Referral

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the champion for public health in the Commonwealth.  We are the catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and creating healthy communities for all.

Background Statement

MPHA was founded in 1879, as the nation’s first public health association. For most of our history, we were a professional trade association focused on education and development for workers in the field of public health. As the twentieth century progressed, MPHA found itself an increasingly central voice in calling for public policies that improve health – from immunization to clean air to fluoridation. We have evolved into the state’s premier voice for policy solutions to critical public health problems.

As a statewide membership organization, MPHA engages communities in advocacy to protect and improve the health of all the Commonwealth’s residents, focusing on preventing disease and injury. We are building local leaders, supporting local policy change and engaging a network of activists across the state to take action for healthy communities. MPHA uses an effective combination of advocacy, public education, community organizing, policy development, and coalition leadership to protect and strengthen state and local public health infrastructure, including emergency preparedness, and address major public health challenges.

Impact Statement

In the past year, MPHA:

  • Won funding to support public transit and the Complete Streets program that will enable walking and biking, improving public health and addressing a core driver of health inequity.

  • Moved legislation to help healthy food retailers and other food sector businesses better serve low-income communities to create jobs and improve health.

  • Expanded our field program and supported local leaders in every corner of the state to become stronger, more skilled advocates and connected them so they could work together as a powerful force for change.

  • Won increases in DPH funding in the FY16 state budget, focused on core public health infrastructure plus $250K in dedicated state funding for Mass in Motion.

Our top goals for the current year include:

  • Laying foundation for future advocacy on the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). MPHA lead the effort to pass the PWTF as part of cost containment legislation in 2012. The PWTF is set to sunset in 2017. We are organizing now for the next phase of the effort.

  • Continue leading a strong statewide coalition to fully implement laws we passed to advance healthy eating and active living such as Complete Streets and ensuring advocating for funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust program.

  • Advocating for the Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce. CHWs are essential to reducing health inequities and helping connect vulnerable populations to care. MPHA is co-facilitating a statewide effort to ensure CHWs are certified and included as the health care delivery system changes.

  • Successfully advancing new policy priorities around housing and health and food affordability including SNAP access.

  • Create a data and evaluation tracking tool to monitor and demonstrate our achievements and interim progress to partners, board, funders, and members.



Needs Statement

  1. Additional multi-year grants and contracts to hire two more field organizers to grow and strengthen our advocacy capacity and build the leadership of local leaders in communities most impacted by chronic disease.

  2. Data and evaluation technical support to inform our tool(s) to track the success of our advocacy and capacity building work.

  3. Ongoing graphic design support for materials, reports, and website.

  4. Professional development opportunities for staff to gain knowledge and best practices particularly around data evaluation, organizational development, and management where applicable.

  5. Free meeting space and special event space around the state to host coalition and special events.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


MPHA serves all of Massachusetts, with a special focus on communities most impacted by chronic disease including communities of color and low income communities across the state.



Organization Categories

  1. Health Care - Public Health
  2. -
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)




Act FRESH (FResh Environments Support Health) was created in 2010 out of the need for local and statewide groups to come together with a statewide approach to prevent obesity through making healthier choices available in all communities across the state. MPHA convened a select group of organization to form a Leadership Team, which committed to join forces to promote healthy communities in Massachusetts through equal access to healthy, affordable food and safe, public spaces for physical activity.
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Public Health
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
- Increase number of activist leaders across the state we have supported to become advocates, and expand the range of skills that local advocates posses (e.g., legislative advocacy, media advocacy, recruitment, event planning, and community organizing)
- Build strong visibility for Prevention and Wellness Trust grantees among local and state officials and media through meetings, events, outreach, and storytelling. Through this work, lay the foundation for a campaign to re-authorize funding for the Trust.
- Pass the Active Streets Bill into law and identify a strategy to ensure the authorized funds are spent by the Administration.
- Pass the Healthy Food Access Bill and work with partners to identify a strategy to fund the new program.
- Measure and improve effectiveness of communications strategies, particularly through online communications platforms.
- Evaluate 2013-2014 Act FRESH Campaign and launch a renewed policy agenda in 2015 with new partners and greater visibility.
Program Long-Term Success 
Our work with our partners will impact statewide policy to prevent obesity and reduce rates of chronic disease. We will pass multiple priority pieces of legislation that support better access to healthy food and a built environment that invites physical activity for all people. We will have built visibility and momentum behind the new Prevention and Wellness Trust grantees. We will also have built and engaged a broader constituency for our policy agenda, for public health and health equity. 
Program Success Monitored By  Our criteria for success will be related to our goals of successful engagement and coalition building and maintenance, high impact communication strategies, growth in relationships with policymakers, ability to adapt to changing situations, and overall organizational health. Certainly one way to measure success is the movement of policy, but there are many important criteria to measure the ingredients it takes to accomplish that goal. We track both staff and campaign member advocacy activities, technical assistance provided to campaign partners, engagement of legislative allies, total number of campaign partners, and the quantity and regularity of social media, e-communications, and earned media.
Examples of Program Success  MPHA led a coalition of organizations in the campaign to create a $60 Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund as part of the 2012 healthcare cost containment legislation. The Trust will invest $60 million over 4 years in evidence-based community prevention activities, with the goal of reducing costly preventable health conditions. The Trust is the first of its kind in any state in the nation and will provide unprecedented investments in community prevention.


MPHA is at its core a statewide membership organization. MPHA members are individuals and organizations across the Commonwealth working together for a healthy Massachusetts. As a member of MPHA, individuals and organizations receive updates on policy and advocacy issues that affect Massachusetts; opportunities to participate in organized action to improve public health; discounted admission to MPHA conferences and events; and a subscription to MPHA’s monthly e-newsletter
Budget  100,000
Category  Health Care, General/Other Public Health
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Improve renewal rate of current members Improve membership communications and benefits
Program Long-Term Success  Increase revenues from membership fees, both individual and organizational. Develop strategic membership outreach campaigns for specific constituencies, including students, lapsed members and APHA members
Program Success Monitored By  To measure success, we look at the number of new members (both individual and organizational), the number of renewed memberships, the number of membership communications (letters, e-mails, etc.), and the amount of revenue raised as a result of our membership fees.
Examples of Program Success  Increased diversity of types of members and improved membership communications.

Resource and Referral

MPHA serves a public health resource to the Commonwealth, and also provides referrals to the individuals and communities that call upon us for answers and opinions on the public health policies and issues in the state.
Budget  50,000
Category  Health Care, General/Other Public Health
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Increase visibility and awareness about MPHA's position as a resource and source for referrals on public health.
Program Long-Term Success  Be recognized by the general public in the Commonwealth as a public health resource and as a source for related referrals.
Program Success Monitored By  Number of calls and inquiries about public health resources and referrals.
Examples of Program Success  Increased amount of calls and inquiries directed to MPHA about public health resources and referrals.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebekah Gewirtz
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Toby Fisher Sept 2012 July
Ms. Valerie Bassett Nov 2008 Sept

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Andrea Freeman Field Director --
Ms. Diane Jette Operations Manager --
Ms. Kara Keenan Assistant Director of Membership and Development --
Mr. Maddie Ribble Director of Public Policy and Campaign Strategy --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


  • Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs
  • American Academy of Pediatrics - MA Chapter
  • American Heart/Stroke Association
  • Be Well Berkshires
  • BOLD Teens/Codman Square Neighborhood Council
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Fun n' Fitchburg
  • Groundwork Lawrence
  • Health Care for All
  • Health Resources in Action
  • Greater Lowell Health Alliance
  • Healthy Wey
  • Hockomock Area YMCA
  • Livable Streets Alliance
  • Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
  • Massachusetts Councils on Aging
  • Massachusetts Dietetic Association
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • MetroWest Moves
  • Partners for a Healthier Community/Live Well Springfield
  • Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
  • Pioneering Healthier Communities
  • Voices for a Healthy Southcoast
  • Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council 


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Deborah Dickerson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Children's Hospital Boston
Board Chair Term Oct 2014 - Oct 2016
Board Co-Chair Ms. Jessica Collins
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Partners for a Healthier Community
Board Co-Chair Term Oct 2014 - Oct 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms Cristina Booker Abt Associates Voting
Mr. Steven Bradley Baystate Health System Voting
Ms. Jessica Collins Partners for a Healthier Community Voting
Mr. Ray Considine Health Resources in Action Voting
Mr. Soloe Dennis Massachusetts Department of Public Health Voting
Ms. Deborah Dickerson Children's Hospital Boston Voting
Mr. Claude-Alix Jacob Cambridge Public Health Dept, Cambridge Health Alliance Voting
Ms. Janet Lehman KPMG, LLP Voting
Mr. Keith Mahoney The Boston Foundation Voting
Mr. Neil Maniar Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences Voting
Ms. Anne McHugh Boston Public Health Commission Voting
Ms. Heather McMann Groundwork Lawrence Voting
Ms. Roeshanna Moore-Evans Tufts University Voting
Ms. Xanthi Scrimgeour Communicate Health, Inc. Voting
Mr. Stephen Shestakofsky Retired Voting
Ms. Jodie Silverman Health Resources in Action Voting
Dr. Judy Steinberg UMass Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Public Policy/Advocacy

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $701,369 $531,204 $452,554
Total Expenses $547,044 $531,987 $565,022

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$437,487 $234,377 $151,667
Government Contributions $0 $48,443 $61,942
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- $32,319 $51,666
    Local -- $16,124 $10,276
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- $18,885 $18,517
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,974 $1,008 $489
Membership Dues $39,481 $23,979 $18,213
Special Events $151,525 $176,776 $158,282
Revenue In-Kind $48,527 $15,736 $22,849
Other $22,375 $12,000 $20,595

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $398,166 $383,050 $433,370
Administration Expense $60,064 $56,929 $54,333
Fundraising Expense $88,814 $92,008 $77,319
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.28 1.00 0.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 72% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 15% 19% 20%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $368,591 $209,744 $208,253
Current Assets $364,524 $202,922 $198,358
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $430 $2,024
Current Liabilities $24,882 $19,930 $16,062
Total Net Assets $343,709 $189,384 $190,167

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) Massachusetts Department of Public Health $107,737.00
Baystate Health $76,667.00
Baystate Health $66,667.00
2nd (Source and Amount) Baystate Health $66,667.00
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA $60,000.00
Massachusetts Department of Public Health $54,166.00
3rd (Source and Amount) Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA $60,000.00
Partners HealthCare $35,000.00
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA $20,000.00

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 14.65 10.18 12.35

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 1%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited and reviewed financials. Please note the 'Other' category above in the charts, for fiscal years 2015, 2014 and 2013, reflects conferences. Contributions from individuals and government sources are  listed under foundations & corporations when the breakout was not available.


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