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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Walk/Ride Day: A local treasure and export expands in the Boston area Posted on Sep 28

Walk/Ride Day: A local treasure and export expands in the Boston area

By Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby This Friday is Walk/Ride Day in Boston and communities across Eastern Massachusetts. So leave your car at home and enjoy connecting with neighbors, friends and colleagues on a healthy and sustainable commute. Rarely can a single,   …Continue Reading Walk/Ride Day: A local treasure and export expands in the Boston area

Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities Posted on Sep 26

Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities

 By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby A recent report released by the AARP Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation ranked Massachusetts 30th in the nation for long-term care. The report highlights areas where Massachusetts can improve upon its ability to provide long-term for some   …Continue Reading Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities

Assistive technology is changing the accessibility landscape and daily life for us all Posted on Sep 22

Assistive technology is changing the accessibility landscape and daily life for us all

By Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs Christine Griffin Over the past 25 years, we have witnessed the advent of innovative assistive technology–everything from “kneeling buses” to software for computers that speak to blind or visually-impaired individuals to video phones that allow individuals who   …Continue Reading Assistive technology is changing the accessibility landscape and daily life for us all

The dialogue about health care cost containment continues: responses to information request about accountable care organizations now online Posted on Sep 9

The dialogue about health care cost containment continues: responses to information request about accountable care organizations now online

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby Improving the quality and integration of health care is one of the primary goals of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s efforts to contain health care costs.  Alternative payment methods will work to contain health care costs only if Massachusetts has enough providers who   …Continue Reading The dialogue about health care cost containment continues: responses to information request about accountable care organizations now online

A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion Posted on Sep 7

A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion

By Lani Telian, health communications specialist at DPH All across Massachusetts, you can hear the school bells ringing again. If you’re a parent, you know what that means – busy mornings getting the kids ready and out the door with backpacks and lunch bags in   …Continue Reading A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion

Innovative technology offers more than creature comforts: critical tools for independent living Posted on Sep 1

By Emma Morrison, communications fellow at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services You know when you leave your house without your Blackberry or iPhone and you get that sinking feeling?  We have all been there: the panic sets in and without your ‘smart’   …Continue Reading Innovative technology offers more than creature comforts: critical tools for independent living