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Celebrating National Family Month

Celebrating National Family Month posted on May 12

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

My Fellowship with EOHHS posted on May 7

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

Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors

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

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

Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month posted on Apr 22

During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to supporting and improving the lives of individuals living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Under the Patrick Administration, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Autism Program has distinguished itself from many other national programs as the nation’s only   …Continue Reading Autism Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month posted on Apr 10

A Message from Kathleen Betts, Assistant Secretary, Office of Children, Youth, and Families: Did you know that 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted across our Commonwealth each year?  This month, I proudly listened to Governor Deval Patrick proclaim April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  According   …Continue Reading Sexual Assault Awareness Month

LGBT Health Awareness Week

LGBT Health Awareness Week posted on Mar 31

This past week marked the 11th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week, a nationwide event that promotes the unique health and wellness needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This week, we highlight the progress our Commonwealth and the country has made to   …Continue Reading LGBT Health Awareness Week

Celebrating Women’s History Month: ELSIE FRANK

Celebrating Women’s History Month: ELSIE FRANK posted on Mar 24

March is Women’s History Month, a time to acknowledge the significant contributions women make to their families, their businesses, their communities, and social progress. This month, we remember Elsie Frank, a woman whose name we recognize on our Office of Elder Affairs conference room and   …Continue Reading Celebrating Women’s History Month: ELSIE FRANK

Happy Social Worker’s Month!

Happy Social Worker’s Month! posted on Mar 11

  As we begin Social Worker Appreciation Month, we wanted to express how grateful we are for the hard work and tireless dedication of all our social workers across the Commonwealth.  These are the people holding the hands of the children in our care who may   …Continue Reading Happy Social Worker’s Month!

Governor Patrick, Secretary Polanowicz Promote Safe and Succesful Youth Initiative

Governor Patrick, Secretary Polanowicz Promote Safe and Succesful Youth Initiative posted on Feb 26

Reemphasizing the commitment of the Administration to stopping youth violence, Governor Deval Patrick and Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz visited Safe and Successful Youth Initiative Programs (SSYI) in Springfield and Boston this month. Launched in 2011, SSYI has provided over $18 million in grants   …Continue Reading Governor Patrick, Secretary Polanowicz Promote Safe and Succesful Youth Initiative