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A First-Hand Look at Mosquito Surveillance

A First-Hand Look at Mosquito Surveillance posted on Jul 28

Each summer, the Department of Public Health works closely with local and regional partners to protect Massachusetts residents against the risk of West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) – two serious diseases which are spread though the bite of an infected mosquito.   …Continue Reading A First-Hand Look at Mosquito Surveillance

Veterans: Find your Sisterhood in Massachusetts

Veterans: Find your Sisterhood in Massachusetts posted on Jul 23

The Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network of the Department of Veterans’ Services (WVN) has been connecting women veterans with benefits, services, and each other, since 1997. Since its founding, the Network has been the central resource for women veterans across the Commonwealth, and continues to connect its members   …Continue Reading Veterans: Find your Sisterhood in Massachusetts

Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art

Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art posted on Jul 18

Mary DeCesar recently stopped by the DDS central office to donate one of her drawings for our reception area. Mary works at Gateway Arts, a DDS contracted program. While Mary has become an accomplished artist, her life story is just as compelling. Born with an   …Continue Reading Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art

Veterans: Find Your Career in Massachusetts

Veterans: Find Your Career in Massachusetts posted on Jul 16

Veterans, upon returning home, have the unique challenge of reintegrating back into civilian life. Here in Massachusetts, veterans and those currently serving on Active Duty have access to a wide array of employment and training resources to ensure their success in the workforce when they   …Continue Reading Veterans: Find Your Career in Massachusetts

Veterans: Find Your Home in Massachusetts

Veterans: Find Your Home in Massachusetts posted on Jul 9

Defenders of freedom will also always have a place to live in the Commonwealth. Veterans of Massachusetts have multiple different housing options to suit their needs, as well as programs and organizations to advocate for them. Here are a few of the housing options available   …Continue Reading Veterans: Find Your Home in Massachusetts

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder posted on Jun 26

After a traumatic event, stress-related reactions are common, but not everyone gets Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and untreated symptoms can disrupt normal life. Here are some quick facts about PTSD: PTSD can Affect Anyone There   …Continue Reading PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Week

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Week posted on Jun 25

In state government, there are many acronyms. There is one in particular this week we would like to bring to your attention: VRT. VRT stands for Vision Rehabilitation Teaching and is the educational process that prepares a blind or visually impaired person of any age to perform daily   …Continue Reading Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Week

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees posted on Jun 18

Within refugee communities and during the general resettlement process, LGBTQ refugees face significant challenges. They may have suffered trauma and stigmatization in their home or secondary countries based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and may still suffer or fear that they will suffer   …Continue Reading ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

#IWantAWorld Massachusetts

#IWantAWorld Massachusetts posted on Jun 16

This month in celebration LGBQ\T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Transgender) Pride and as we look back over 10 years of Massachusetts being the first state to legalize marriage equality and the 16 other states have since followed suit, we look forward toward the next   …Continue Reading #IWantAWorld Massachusetts

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day posted on Jun 13

This year, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) will receive 23,000 reports of elder abuse and neglect – an increase of more than 1,500 over last year. Eight years ago in recognition of the scope and universality of the issue, the International Network   …Continue Reading World Elder Abuse Awareness Day