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
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
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 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