Welcome to the new blog space for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This space, Commonwealth Conversations: Health and Human Services, will serve as a platform for EOHHS to communicate to you important issues related to health and human services, clarify what are often confusing, or at times controversial, topics and deliver news that this office and our 16 public agencies have to share.
Some of you may be familiar with Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health, where I have posted on numerous topics during the past year. From national health care reform, to adoption, to breast cancer awareness, to how we pay for health care in the Commonwealth, I have written about a variety of health and human service issues that affect us all.
Similarly, this space will cover a wide range of topics and concerns that affect all residents of Massachusetts, just as, collectively, our agencies do every day. We also anticipate that there will be guest bloggers in this space, to reflect a variety of issues from our agencies as well as those throughout state government. The hope is that in this space, you will be able to understand how our many agencies work together to deliver the services that we do. We’re interested in hearing from all health and human services staff from the heads of the agencies we support, to program managers who juggle projects and coordinate state initiatives, to our many dedicated employees working hard directly with Massachusetts residents everyday.
Additionally, we’ll continue to ‘tweet’ our new blog posts. We invite you to follow us on Twitter: @Mass_HHS and stay informed about our posts and other news from EOHHS. We look forward to your comments and feedback, and hope you’ll engage in the Commonwealth Conversation on this and other important broadcast channels we have developed to keep you up-to-date and informed about our work.
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby
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 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
Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans posted on Apr 4
“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