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HHS Secretary Polanowicz Promotes Infant Safe Sleep at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital

HHS Secretary Polanowicz Promotes Infant Safe Sleep at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital posted on Nov 19

Health and Human Services Secretary Polanowicz tours the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital Maternity Suite to promote infant safe sleep practices to reduce risks associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), the leading cause of death among infants between the ages of one to 11 months and often   …Continue Reading HHS Secretary Polanowicz Promotes Infant Safe Sleep at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital

MRC Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

MRC Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) posted on Nov 13

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) was proud to participate in the  successful campaign for October National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). During the month long celebration, MRC organized and participated in a variety of events including exhibitions at local outreach and network events, career fairs, a consumer-led art   …Continue Reading MRC Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

Celebrate Veterans Day 2014

Celebrate Veterans Day 2014 posted on Nov 11

The time has come again to thank our Nations’ Veterans for their service and sacrifices for our nation. The Department of Veterans’ Services and Secretary Coleman Nee are hosting the Annual Veterans’ Day ceremony tomorrow in Memorial Hall of the State House. The ceremony, which   …Continue Reading Celebrate Veterans Day 2014

Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th!

Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th! posted on Nov 4

Every year, the arrival of autumn brings falling leaves, cooler days and nights, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Medicare Open Enrollment. Medicare beneficiaries or prospective beneficiaries have the option of signing up for Medicare health and prescription drug benefit plans, including Medicare Advantage, during Open Enrollment.  If   …Continue Reading Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th!

Department of Youth Services Leadership and Programs Receive National Recognition

Department of Youth Services Leadership and Programs Receive National Recognition posted on Oct 27

The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) was nationally recognized by the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) for excellence in residential youth programming and exemplary leadership. DYS staff at the Worcester Secure Treatment, a DYS hardware residential center for boys, won the 2014  CJCA Barbara Allen-Hagen Award   …Continue Reading Department of Youth Services Leadership and Programs Receive National Recognition

Paying It Forward: The Opening of a New ‘REquipment’ Center

Paying It Forward: The Opening of a New ‘REquipment’ Center posted on Oct 23

“Paying it forward” is an old concept of doing a good deed or giving charitably to others without acclaim. It is this concept that was revitalized by the symbolic ribbon cutting of the new ‘REquipment’ Center in Worcester. The REquipment Center advances personal and professional   …Continue Reading Paying It Forward: The Opening of a New ‘REquipment’ Center

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month posted on Oct 15

In 1994, after four years of intense investigation and testimony, Congress concluded  that there was a pervasive problem of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking among women in the United States.  As a result,the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed.  This legislation  was the   …Continue Reading October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month posted on Oct 6

This month, Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz announced an infant safe sleep campaign focused on the importance of infant safe sleep practices and promoting ways to reduce risks associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), the leading cause of death among infants between   …Continue Reading October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children

Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children posted on Sep 25

Join Heidi Reed, Commissioner of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), DHILS providers, the Disability Policy Consortium, and the Disability Law Center at a listening session in communities across the Commonwealth to share experiences with state services for deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened adults   …Continue Reading Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children

Secretary Polanowicz Gets Vets’ Plates: Here’s How You Can Too!

Secretary Polanowicz Gets Vets’ Plates: Here’s How You Can Too! posted on Sep 19

On September 19, Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz visited the new Haymarket Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) location and joined Registrar Celia Blue to get his veteran license plates for his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Secretary Polanowicz, an Army veteran and West Point graduate, joins tens of thousands of Massachusetts veterans   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Gets Vets’ Plates: Here’s How You Can Too!