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The Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse provides free health promotion materials for Massachusetts residents and health and social service providers in the Commonwealth. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Clearinghouse develops and distributes health promotion materials on a wide variety of topics.

For many, gambling is a hobby or pastime. For others, it’s a serious problem. Gambling can make you feel depressed, desperate or angry, and even get you into legal trouble.

This article demonstrates an innovative approach to connect the field of problem gambling prevention to the community experience, using a public health and social justice lens. Others in the field should acknowledge the disconnect between problem gambling and the lived experience of those disproportionately impacted by creating opportunities for community voice to be at the center of programming.

This report describes a regional planning process in the Plainville/Southeastern Massachusetts region where the Plainridge Park Casino is located. This regional planning process included outreach to community members and service providers, convening of local stakeholders concerned about the potential impact of gambling in their region, and identification of community assets and resources as well as of gaps in services. The collection and analysis of this qualitative data informed the development of messages and strategies that directly addressed the local context and concerns.

This report describes a regional planning process in Springfield, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities where the MGM casino opened in late August 2018. This regional planning process included outreach to community members and service providers, convening of local stakeholders concerned about the potential impact of gambling in their region, and identification of community assets and resources as well as gaps in services. The collection and analysis of this qualitative data informed the development of messages and strategies that directly addressed the local context and concerns.

This report describes a regional planning process focused on the city of Everett, Massachusetts, where the Encore Boston Harbor casino opened in June 2019, and its surrounding communities. This regional planning process included outreach to community members and service providers, convening of local stakeholders concerned about the potential impact of gambling in their region, and identification of community assets and resources as well as gaps in services. The collection and analysis of this qualitative data informed the development of messages and strategies that directly addressed the local context and concerns.

This impact brief focuses on early outcomes associated with the implementation of the Massachusetts Photovoice Project within two social service agencies supported during fiscal year 2019. Specifically, it examines early indicators of reach and effectiveness.

Evaluation of the Massachusetts Photovoice Project shows early evidence in reach and impact of the initiative as well as lessons learned and implications for continued improvement.

This impact brief focuses on the early outcomes associated with the implementation of the Massachusetts Ambassador Project within two recovery-oriented organizations during fiscal year 2019. The Ambassador Project is positioned to have a positive impact on priority populations and become a replicable model for other states.

This center provides technical assistance to support the following:

  • Increased treatment capacity
  • Organizational capacity building to address problem gambling treatment
  • Tracking and quality assurance standards
  • Evaluation criteria

Additionally, the center administers and manages the Massachusetts Problem Gambling Specialist (MA PGS) Certificate, which is the official gambling treatment certificate of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.