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 Summer of Friendship and Growth posted on Aug 22
Shannon Curtin’s second summer in the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Urban Youth Collaborative Internship Program (UYCP) was spent, among other things, leading a dance party for two at Resources for Human Development, Boston, Inc. Curtin who grew close with one particular individual, said she …Continue Reading A Summer of Friendship and Growth
Coffee and a Familiar Face posted on Aug 11
Braintree’s Rick Swan, who is legally blind, runs a small coffee shop in the lobby of One Ashburton Place in Boston – home to many state agencies including EOHHS. Swan started running the shop with his wife, who is also legally blind, approximately four years …Continue Reading Coffee and a Familiar Face
A New Hope for Women with Addictions posted on Aug 8
The second phase of the Women’s Recovery from Addictions Program (WRAP) in Taunton opened in July, 2016 officially closing the chapter on the day when women with substance use disorders are sent to prison for treatment. State officials who recently toured the new unit including Governor …Continue Reading A New Hope for Women with Addictions