Here are some of Maura's successes in Public Health Issues:
Funding Bostons First Mammography Van:
Ensuring Prescription Coverage For Seniors:
- As the first woman to serve as chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Maura secured funding for Bostons first citywide mammography van, which brought badly-needed mammography services to women citywide.
- Coucillor Henngian continues to support women's issues and recently participated in the Race for the Cure in Brighton and South Boston run for Ovarian Cancer to raise money for cancer research.
- Maura and her colleagues filed state legislation calling for $90 million from the states rainy day fund to be earmarked to address lapsing prescription coverage for senior citizens.
Fighting for Air Quality:
- Maura has created a cleaner environment and improved air quality--both indoors and out. She sponsored and passed an ordinance to improve indoor air quality standards in city buildings and schools.
- Maura supports the community in its efforts against the Ts plans for a massive bus depot at the former Arborway Yard, which would lead to poorer air quality in the surrounding neighborhoods and other negative environmental and aesthetic impacts.
West Nile Virus:
When several birds and mosquitoes were found with West Nile Virus. Councilor Hennigan immediately held an informational Boston City Council hearing to inform the pubblic about West Nile Virus, what steps had been taken, and what future steps would be taken to protect the residents of the City of Boston.
Present at the hearing were Boston Public Health officials, Bruce Landers of Suffolk County Mosquito Control, and concerned citizens. John Auerbach, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, and Dr. Anita Barry gave a presentation on the facts about West Nile Virus including slides of these facts and figures of how many birds and mosquitoes have been found.
Bruce Landers expained how pesticide spraying is done, what pesticides are being used, and their effects. Citizens and Councilor Hennigan expressed their concern about the pesticides and protecting the residents of Boston against West Nile Virus in particular our children and elderly who are most susceptible to the effect of the West Nile virus.