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Yearly Archives: 2011

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

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

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