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

A First-Hand Look at Mosquito Surveillance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans Posted on Apr 4

Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans

  “Take Me Out to the Ballgame!” Friday, April 4, 2014 is the Home Opener for the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox. The incredible sights and sounds of Fenway Park are widely discussed, and the current organization has done a wonderful job to ensure that   …Continue Reading Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans

LGBT Health Awareness Week Posted on Mar 31

LGBT Health Awareness Week

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

American Heart Month and the ACA Posted on Feb 3

American Heart Month and the ACA

While many American’s view the heart as the symbol of love in February, the true celebration of American Heart Month is a call to all American’s to take charge of your heart health. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is   …Continue Reading American Heart Month and the ACA

Next Phase Launch of Mass HIway Posted on Jan 8

Next Phase Launch of Mass HIway

Today, Governor Deval Patrick launched the next phase of the Mass Health Information Exchange, known as the Mass HIway. Joining Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz and health care leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Holyoke Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center and Atrius Health, the Governor demonstrated   …Continue Reading Next Phase Launch of Mass HIway

Manu Tandon, HHS CIO, Named to Computerworld Premier 100 Posted on Jan 5

Manu Tandon, HHS CIO, Named to Computerworld Premier 100

Manu Tandon, Secretariat Chief Information Officer at the Executive office of Health and Human services, was named one of the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders of the World. The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact   …Continue Reading Manu Tandon, HHS CIO, Named to Computerworld Premier 100