This past week has been traumatic and emotional for the city of Boston and its residents, but it has also brought out the best in people who have come together with hope and compassion to heal the city.
As President Obama said during his visit Thursday, as we begin “this long journey of recovery, your city is with you. Your Commonwealth is with you. Your country is with you.”
I want to thank everyone at HHS for joining together and contributing to these efforts. Several of our agencies assisted with crisis response and contributed to public health needs. Employees have staffed Family Access Centers and assisted hospitals with their efforts to coordinate care for the injured.
I also want to thank our employees from the greater Boston area for staying in their homes on Friday, which helped law enforcement do their jobs and bring resolution to this tragedy.
Today, Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino and One Fund Boston are leading a moment of silence, exactly one week following the Boston Marathon bombings. The minute of silence will take place at 2:50 p.m. to honor the victims of the attacks and their families. It will be followed by the ringing of bells throughout Boston and the Commonwealth. I hope all HHS offices and employees can participate. If you would like to make a donation to help the victims and their families, you can visit onefundboston.org.
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