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Monthly Archives: July 2011

The art of origami and its healing power: 1,000 paper cranes create community at Shattuck Hospital Posted on Jul 27

The art of origami and its healing power: 1,000 paper cranes create community at Shattuck Hospital

By DMH Commissioner Barbara A. Leadholm, M.S., M.B.A. From time to time I have the opportunity as DMH commissioner to share an experience that is in many ways mutually life-changing for the residents of Massachusetts whom we serve and for our hard-working DMH staff. It   …Continue Reading The art of origami and its healing power: 1,000 paper cranes create community at Shattuck Hospital

Health benefits of electronic medical records outweigh risks Posted on Jul 22

Health benefits of electronic medical records outweigh risks

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby This week a Boston Globe editorial urged readers not to lose sight of the need for electronic medical records, despite the recent demise of Google Health. The editorial noted that lack of consumer interest in the service as the reason Google   …Continue Reading Health benefits of electronic medical records outweigh risks

Changing families’ lives, one child at a time Posted on Jul 19

Changing families’ lives, one child at a time

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain Recently, the Winchester Star profiled a local foster family that has made a significant difference in the lives of children. Eight years ago, Neilani and Doug Simpson made the decision to serve their community, and the Commonwealth, by providing a   …Continue Reading Changing families’ lives, one child at a time

DYS clients discover the transformative effect of yoga Posted on Jul 15

By Heather Wise For the past year, boys involved with the Department of Youth Services (DYS) have experienced the transformative effect of yoga. A new yoga program has become an integral part of residential life at Casa Isla, one of DYS’ secure residences for adolescent   …Continue Reading DYS clients discover the transformative effect of yoga

Health care reform’s impact: Massachusetts outpaces national rate of employers providing health coverage Posted on Jul 11

Health care reform’s impact: Massachusetts outpaces national rate of employers providing health coverage

By DHCFP Acting Commissioner Seena Perumal Carrington Earlier today, we released the results of the Massachusetts Employer Survey 2010.  This report provides information on employer health insurance offer rates, employee take up rates, health insurance premiums, employer contribution amounts, and employee cost sharing requirements.  DHCFP   …Continue Reading Health care reform’s impact: Massachusetts outpaces national rate of employers providing health coverage

Health resource planning and payment reform: taking steps to improve quality and control the costs of health care Posted on Jul 8

Health resource planning and payment reform: taking steps to improve quality and control the costs of health care

By DPH Commissioner John Auerbach Here in Massachusetts, we’re fortunate to have access to some of the best health care in the world, and more and more people have access to care due to the success of health care reform.  But the cost of health   …Continue Reading Health resource planning and payment reform: taking steps to improve quality and control the costs of health care

In the wake of a federal disaster declaration, a rapid response to help thousands Posted on Jul 5

In the wake of a federal disaster declaration, a rapid response to help thousands

By DTA Commissioner Julia Kehoe On June 1, several tornadoes and severe thunderstorms devastated communities in Central and Western Massachusetts and left thousands of residents and businesses without power, surrounded by destroyed property, and homeless. Immediately after the storms, the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)   …Continue Reading In the wake of a federal disaster declaration, a rapid response to help thousands

Remembering veterans’ sacrifices to the nation this Independence Day Posted on Jul 1

Remembering veterans’ sacrifices to the nation this Independence Day

By Chelsea Soldiers' Home Commandant Michael Resca “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  -Elmer Davis, reporting on World War II The Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services recently held its annual   …Continue Reading Remembering veterans’ sacrifices to the nation this Independence Day