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Monthly Archives: August 2011

New partnership with Greater Boston Food Bank provides a way to reduce ‘food insecurity’ for families in the area Posted on Aug 29

New partnership with Greater Boston Food Bank provides a way to reduce ‘food insecurity’ for families in the area

By DTA Commissioner Julia Kehoe The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is the first line of defense against hunger and currently serves one in eight Massachusetts residents .  But what happens to individuals and families who don’t qualify for SNAP and are   …Continue Reading New partnership with Greater Boston Food Bank provides a way to reduce ‘food insecurity’ for families in the area

SHINE counselors to help guide open enrollment for Medicare benificiaries later this year Posted on Aug 19

By Director of the SHINE Program for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs Cynthia Phillips Most Medicare beneficiaries have just one opportunity a year to evaluate and change their coverage—and this year it's coming earlier, from October 15th to December 7th.  Every year, the “open-enrollment”   …Continue Reading SHINE counselors to help guide open enrollment for Medicare benificiaries later this year

Event at the State House celebrates 20 years of connecting urban youth to individuals with intellectual disabilities Posted on Aug 11

Event at the State House celebrates 20 years of connecting urban youth to individuals with intellectual disabilities

By DDS Commissioner Elin Howe Through the UYCP, I learned that human services promote each unique individual. We as staff in this field can bring out the qualities and abilities in all of the individuals we support. Through that, we can all live a life   …Continue Reading Event at the State House celebrates 20 years of connecting urban youth to individuals with intellectual disabilities

Staff from Health and Human Services partner with the Red Cross to replenish blood supply throughout the state Posted on Aug 10

By Health and Human Services Director of Human Resources James Montgomery-Hyde I am very proud  that the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is joining  with other state agencies and the American Red Cross again for its annual statewide blood drive to   …Continue Reading Staff from Health and Human Services partner with the Red Cross to replenish blood supply throughout the state

Reflections on patriots, patriotism and the 1975 World Series Posted on Aug 8

Reflections on patriots, patriotism and the 1975 World Series

By Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Paul Barabani Question:  What do a fiddler, former MLB player Bernie Carbo, ‘Four Fat Guys’ and a bishop  have in common? Answer:  They all visited the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke in one week to enhance the quality of life for   …Continue Reading Reflections on patriots, patriotism and the 1975 World Series

Strong response to an initial request for information on lowering health care costs Posted on Aug 5

By  Director of Health Care Policy and Strategy David Martin Last week, the Patrick-Murray Administration received a very encouraging response to a significant part of its plan to lower health care costs: 42 responses to our “request for information” (RFI) on the development of accountable   …Continue Reading Strong response to an initial request for information on lowering health care costs

Managing “Mi Vida, Mi Salud”: A culturally-adapted approach to chronic disease management Posted on Aug 2

By Ana Karchmer, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) program coordinator at the Executive Office of Elder Affairs I recently had the privilege of co-facilitating the “Mi Vida, Mi Salud” program, a Spanish language initiative to help seniors with chronic conditions take control of managing   …Continue Reading Managing “Mi Vida, Mi Salud”: A culturally-adapted approach to chronic disease management