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  • Pew Expert Testifies on Behalf of Dental Hygiene Practitioners in Massachusetts

    On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Julie Stitzel, director of the Pew children’s dental campaign, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Public Health Committee in support of MA S. 1118/H. 249. The legislation was introduced by state Senator Harriette Chandler and Representative Smitty Pignatelli and would authorize a new type of midlevel dental professional, the dental hygiene practitioner (DHP), in... Read More

  • Expanding Dental Access in Massachusetts

    In Massachusetts, the burden of dental disease is disproportionately borne by low-income residents, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, seniors in long-term care, and those living in rural areas and inner cities. Many in these groups struggle to access dental care, often because they cannot find a dentist who accepts public insurance, are unable to get to a dental office... Read More

  • Enhancing the Ben Franklin Parkway

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    The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was designed by French urban planner Jacques Gréber in the early 1900s to emulate the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and it has become one of Philadelphia’s proudest accomplishments.Starting in 2001, The Pew Charitable Trusts joined with the city of Philadelphia, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the... Read More