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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today. Posted on Oct 31

Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today.

Posted by Donna Lazorik, RN, MS. Donna is the Immunization Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.   The best way to protect yourself and your family from getting sick this flu season is to get vaccinated.    …Continue Reading Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today.

‘Beyond Parity’ to Examine Policy Impact on Individuals with Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders Posted on Oct 21

‘Beyond Parity’ to Examine Policy Impact on Individuals with Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders

By DMH Commissioner Barbara A. Leadholm, M.S., M.B.A. On October 26, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBS) Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH), and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum will jointly host a forum entitled, “Beyond Parity: Mental Health and Addiction   …Continue Reading ‘Beyond Parity’ to Examine Policy Impact on Individuals with Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Posted on Oct 18

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  By Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein This year marks the 25th year of National Breast Cancer Awareness in the U.S. It coincides with the same year that members of the Baby Boomer generation turn 65.  How are these two milestones related?  According to the   …Continue Reading October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Help blind pedestrians while you drive Posted on Oct 13

Help blind pedestrians while you drive

By MCB Commissioner Janet LaBreck The white cane is a symbol of independence reflecting a blind person’s ability to travel independently. As part of White Cane Day on October 15, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Department of Transportation are partnering in   …Continue Reading Help blind pedestrians while you drive

Acknowledging 25 years of achievement and communication access for all Posted on Oct 5

Acknowledging 25 years of achievement and communication access for all

By MCDHH Commissioner Heidi Reed Today we celebrate the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s (MCDHH) 25th anniversary. The anniversary will be marked with an event at the State House: agency staff, legislators, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, deaf   …Continue Reading Acknowledging 25 years of achievement and communication access for all