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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

2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute Posted on Dec 13

2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute

This week the mental health community came together for the 2nd Stephanie Moulton Symposium at the John F. Kennedy Library on Tuesday with a turnout of more than 400 direct care workers, staff and consumers.  We gather for this annual training event to honor Stephanie   …Continue Reading 2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute

A message from Secretary Polanowicz: Happy Thanksgiving! Posted on Nov 28

A message from Secretary Polanowicz: Happy Thanksgiving!

As you prepare to join your friends and families to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to share a great experience from an event yesterday that embodies the spirit of this holiday, and the mission of our secretariat. Yesterday, I was proud to join Boston   …Continue Reading A message from Secretary Polanowicz: Happy Thanksgiving!

Affordable Care Act Grant Improves Access to Community Health Posted on Nov 21

Affordable Care Act Grant Improves Access to Community Health

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that $3.5 million in new funding for Massachusetts to improve access to health care in under-served areas, bringing primary care closer to home across the Commonwealth. The new funding will be used at six Community Health Centers serving   …Continue Reading Affordable Care Act Grant Improves Access to Community Health

It’s Time to Talk About Mental Illness Posted on Oct 10

It’s Time to Talk About Mental Illness

Everywhere across the globe today, people are celebrating World Mental Health Day. It’s a day for everyone to come together and talk about mental illness, mental health, and what we can do to acknowledge mental health conditions as diseases that can be treated. For people   …Continue Reading It’s Time to Talk About Mental Illness

Secretary Polanowicz Announces: Posted on Oct 7

Secretary Polanowicz Announces:

A Message from Secretary Polanowicz Today I’m pleased to announce Kristin Thorn as Medicaid Director and Olga Roche as Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Please join me in congratulating Kristin and Olga in their new positions. Medicaid Director – Kristin Thorn   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Announces: