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.
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
Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children posted on Sep 25
Join Heidi Reed, Commissioner of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), DHILS providers, the Disability Policy Consortium, and the Disability Law Center at a listening session in communities across the Commonwealth to share experiences with state services for deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened adults …Continue Reading Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children