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The Population Health Information Tool (PHIT) is a data portal for Massachusetts health data. As a service of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, PHIT aims to provide data for a healthier Massachusetts. It provides up-to-date, easy to understand public health data and racial equity data in Massachusetts.

Cross-sector data sharing and integration transform information about individuals into actionable intelligence that can be used to understand community needs, improve services, and build stronger communities. Yet, use of cross-sector data can also reinforce legacies of racist policies and produce inequitable resource allocation, access, and outcomes. A Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration describes positive and problematic practices for centering racial equity across the six stages of the data life cycle.

This toolkit aids in developing an evaluation of a community program or initiative

This report summarizes findings from a large baseline general population survey of Massachusetts to assess gambling behavior and problem gambling before any of the state’s new casinos became operational. It includes data on attitudes about gambling; gambling participation rates by age, gender, and race/ethnicity; problem gambling, and awareness of available problem gambling services.

The main purpose of the present report is to determine whether and how gambling attitudes, gambling behavior, and problem gambling prevalence changed in Massachusetts following the introduction of casinos. Results from the Follow-up General Population Survey (FGPS) are directly comparable to survey data collected in Massachusetts in 2013 and 2014, before any of the casinos had opened. In addition to these overall assessments, the report addresses the question of whether the demographic and behavioral patterns of gambling and problem gambling prevalence changed in Massachusetts between 2013 and 2021.

The purpose of this report is to assist the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to understand the likely impacts of gambling advertising, determine the extent to which gambling behavior and gambling problems in Massachusetts are influenced by gambling advertising, and provide recommendations for how to prevent or mitigate harm resulting from gambling advertising in Massachusetts. The information presented in this report is important given the recent legalization of sports betting in the Commonwealth and its rapid implementation.

Much of the material in this report distills lessons from the extensive literature that already exists on the impacts of advertising generally, and what is known specifically about the impacts of advertising on gambling behavior. Data from three online panel surveys carried out in Massachusetts between 2014 and 2023 is useful in highlighting the potential impacts of gambling advertising in Massachusetts. Readers are cautioned that the results of online panel surveys, which typically include high proportions
of regular gamblers, cannot be generalized to the population but are informative regarding the direction of changes of behavior in populations.

The Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) is a prospective study of gambling and problem gambling conducted in Massachusetts from September 2013 to September 2019. Multi-modal recruitment was utilized to recruit a statewide sample of 3,139 adults, 18 and older, with the sample over-selected for individuals at higher risk of future problem gambling. The cohort was assessed five times over a six-year period with the vast majority of assessments being self-administered online. The assessment collected comprehensive information on gambling-related behavior, attitudes, motivations, context, fallacies; problem gambling; physical health; mental health; substance use and abuse; social functioning; personality; and demographics.

MAGIC had four primary research goals:
1. To monitor changes in gambling and problem gambling over time within the cohort that might identify impacts of Massachusetts casino introduction (Plainridge Park Casino in 2016; MGM Springfield in 2018; Encore Boston Harbor in 2019).
2. To determine the stability and course of problem, at-risk, and recreational gambling within the cohort.
3. To identify predictors of problem gambling onset, continuation, remission, and relapse.
4. To use the findings from the above research to provide recommendations to optimize the prevention and treatment of problem gambling in Massachusetts.

This infographic was created to help guide substance misuse prevention professionals in social media efforts using Facebook and LinkedIn. The document includes definitions, tools, and tips to help get you started.

This toolkit provides a compilation of tips and talking points for making the case for community prevention. They are based on Prevention Institute’s daily analysis of how the media is (and isn’t) framing community prevention. Using this information, you can expand and shift the frame of how the media depicts community prevention, to ensure that the whole picture is shown and that community prevention is framed accurately and comprehensively.

This toolkit assists in developing a social marketing effort to promote adoption and use of innovations.