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Monthly Archives: May 2014

May is National Foster Care Month Posted on May 29

May is National Foster Care Month

The thing about being a parent (of any kind) that has always frightened me is that it is the one job you are guaranteed to mess up. I had a rough go of it as a kid, and in reflection realized how important it was that I had people in my life that allowed me safe places to land in the midst of the chaos. I kept the idea of being a foster parent rolling around in the back of my head, despite my fear, because I wanted to offer the safe space to others that I found so vital. In 2009, I made the leap and started the process to become a foster parent.

Celebrating National Family Month: Strengthening Families Posted on May 21

Celebrating National Family Month: Strengthening Families

National Family Month provides an opportunity to reflect on your family and families around the Commonwealth and ways we can help make them stronger. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) works hard every day to help make families stronger by providing vital assistance to the Commonwealth’s   …Continue Reading Celebrating National Family Month: Strengthening Families

10 Years of Marriage Equality: A Continuing Commitment Posted on May 16

10 Years of Marriage Equality: A Continuing Commitment

Ten years ago this week, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Today we are joined by 17 states plus DC in acknowledging and codifying the right to marriage equality under the law. It was a   …Continue Reading 10 Years of Marriage Equality: A Continuing Commitment

May Is Older American’s Month Posted on May 15

May Is Older American’s Month

In 1963, when John F. Kennedy, the youngest president of the United States, first declared May Senior Citizens Month, there were 17 million Americans who had reached their 65th birthday.  By 2009, according to the Administration on Aging, there were 39.6 million Americans who were   …Continue Reading May Is Older American’s Month

Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place Posted on May 15

Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place

The Massachusetts Mental Health Center of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), which is located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, is a “WARM” place. Brigham & Women’s Hospital operated medical clinic called “Wellness and Recovery Medicine,” or WARM, is a place where DMH   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place

Celebrating National Family Month Posted on May 12

Celebrating National Family Month

Strong, healthy and happy families are the foundation of our society. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in May and June, we’d like to take this time to celebrate our Commonwealth’s families and highlight some of the new services available for families around the state.   …Continue Reading Celebrating National Family Month

My Fellowship with EOHHS Posted on May 7

My Fellowship with EOHHS

Today is my last day as the Communications Fellow here at the Executive Office for Health and Human Services (HHS).  As a graduate student earning my Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Tufts University, this experience has been incredible to say the least. I came   …Continue Reading My Fellowship with EOHHS

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week! Posted on May 6

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

May 4th through the 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Week! Since 2002, the Governor of Massachusetts, along with dozens of mayors across the state, has issued an official proclamation for Children’s Mental Health Week. Children’s Mental Health Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors Posted on May 1

Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors

There are many benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from increases access to quality health care, to making it more affordable to get comprehensive health insurance and strengthening primary care to prevent the most common chronic illnesses. But some of the biggest benefits of   …Continue Reading Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors