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Webinar:“Women in the Workforce: Addressing the Impacts of COVID-19”

Senate President Karen E. Spilka to headline Zoom event on job losses affecting women during pandemic WHAT: The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce are both severe and lopsided in comparison to men. For women of color, who make up a higher percentage of essential workers, job losses are even worse. […]

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MAPC Teams Up With Artists on COVID Communications

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, public art, comic strips and other accessible artworks that can be used by health agencies, […]

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MAPC Teams up with Artists on COVID Communications

MAPC Teams Up with Artists on COVID Communications For immediate release: Friday, March 26, 2021  The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, […]

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Evictions and COVID-19: The Responsibility of the Large Landlord

The possibility of a pandemic-related “eviction tsunami” has been widely discussed of late, as is the role that federal and state policy must play stemming it. Less prominent has been the discussion of the role that must be played by landlords in general – and, as our recent research has found – large landlords in […]

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Boston Mayor, 50+ Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief

Boston Mayor, 50+ Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief For Immediate Release: December 18, 2020 Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and more than 50 Massachusetts municipal leaders today are calling on State House leadership to provide immediate relief for small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. A coalition of 53 officials representing […]

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Webinar: Pool Testing for COVID-19

“Pool testing”—batching samples together and retesting individually if a result is positive—is a way for municipalities and schools to work together to provide regular, frequent, and cost-effective COVID-19 testing. In this December 14 webinar, attendees heard about a pool testing program led by Tufts University with Somerville and Medford Public Schools, as well as programs […]

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Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7

Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7 The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on hospitals, local health departments, emergency management organizations, and other health providers across the country and the Commonwealth. But in Northeastern Massachusetts, these local hospitals and agencies haven’t had to face the crisis alone: MAPC has provided essential support to these […]

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Webinar: Wastewater Testing for COVID-19

Cities and towns are deploying a number of strategies to identify the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. One emerging method: testing sewage from households and buildings for the presence of the virus. Knowing that COVID-19 is present in wastewater can be an important indicator of where its spread may be accelerating. In places where […]

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Local Public Health Officials, Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding

138 Local Public Health Officials & Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding for Local Health Departments Over 100 public health officials and municipal leaders from throughout Massachusetts are calling for a second $15 million package of emergency funding for local health departments before the end of 2020. On November 23, 138 officials from 87 communities […]

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37 Mayors and Managers: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding

37 Mayors and Managers to Federal Officials: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding Thirty-seven Massachusetts municipal leaders are asking the Massachusetts federal delegation to extend the deadline to spend CARES Act funding beyond the end of the calendar year. “The December 31st deadline creates an arbitrary end date by which we must spend this critical […]

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