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
A First-Hand Look at Mosquito Surveillance posted on Jul 28
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
Veterans: Find your Sisterhood in Massachusetts posted on Jul 23
The Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network of the Department of Veterans’ Services (WVN) has been connecting women veterans with benefits, services, and each other, since 1997. Since its founding, the Network has been the central resource for women veterans across the Commonwealth, and continues to connect its members …Continue Reading Veterans: Find your Sisterhood in Massachusetts
Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art posted on Jul 18
Mary DeCesar recently stopped by the DDS central office to donate one of her drawings for our reception area. Mary works at Gateway Arts, a DDS contracted program. While Mary has become an accomplished artist, her life story is just as compelling. Born with an …Continue Reading Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art