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MHPI Max Heath Postal Institute


A new postal education program from National Newspaper Association Foundation has been named after its longtime mentor and trainer Max Heath of Kentucky.

The Max Heath Postal Institute becomes the new umbrella to train newspapers and printers for best uses of the mail in a rapidly-changing postal environment.

“No one in this industry has to look very far to find a newspaper whose essential work has been protected by Max," NNAF President Matt Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget, said. "He understood that the best newspaper imaginable has little value unless people are able to receive it. Max spent decades training us, fighting for us and leaping into the fray of postal policy. An entire industry is indebted to his selflessness.

“Now, as the Postal Service is pushing massive changes out to mail users, we face a daunting frontier without our leader. But National Newspaper Association and its partner foundation, NNAF, have known for years that this sad day would come. Our postal team is ready for it. We’ll be launching new training programs within MHPI, even as NNA continues to advocate for universal postal service.”

Adelman said NNAF expressed its condolences to Heath’s wife, Ruth Ann, and son, Jason.

“They have blessed this new design, even as they both often had to share Max with a wide world of newspaper people who called and wrote him at all hours of the day for help," he said. "We thank them for their generosity,”

Memorial donations to NNAF in honor of Heath, who died in July 2021,will be dedicated to a fund for postal training.  NNAF has established a donation link below for industry professionals who wish to contribute to carrying on Heath’s legacy. 


Thank you to these patrons:

Boone Newspapers   Chuck & Chris Fouts   Jonathan Whitney
Clyde M. & Lynda Tharp   Robert & Cheryl Williams   Laurie Ezzell Brown
Dorothy Abernathy   Helen & Gary Sosniecki   Southern Illinois Editorial Association
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Eaton   Kit Fullenlove Barry    Belmond Independent
Lynne Lance   Hoosier State Press Association, Inc.    Maureen Goodson
Gary & Janie Miller   Jerry & Sarah Bye    Leader-Courier, Inc.
Edward Rees   Darren Day    R. Jack Fishman
Leslie A Hensley/A Cassondra Hensley   Larry Atkinson    Brenda Lea
Oklahoma Press Association        

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