Hello and welcome back to another flu season’s worth of Weekly Flu Reports. Each Friday from now through May you can check back here to see the latest information on the impact of flu in communities across Massachusetts. To kick things off, the first Weekly Flu …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 21, 2016
The October monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included a pair of Determination of Need requests, two votes on final amendments to regulations, and three informational briefings for Council members on the status of proposed regulatory amendments which have yet to come for a …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 20th Public Health Council Meeting
Many women experiencing domestic violence suffer in silence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the opportunity to shine the light on a public health issue impacting millions of people in America. Women experiencing domestic violence no longer need to suffer in silence; always remember …Continue Reading Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health invites local health officials to attend an October 17th workshop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The workshop is focused on an important environmental health study evaluating how Massachusetts residents are exposed to toxic chemicals. The workshop will describe …Continue Reading Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently proposed a revision of DPH’s Determination of Need (DoN) regulations. At the highest level, this proposed revision represents a paradigm shift to a streamlined and retooled process that puts public health at its core. In support of …Continue Reading Shifting the Paradigm: Infusing Public Health into the Determination of Need Process
By Lindsay Verraster Autumn in Massachusetts is a great time to visit a local farm or farmers’ market. Many fruits and vegetables are in season right now—not just apples and pumpkins! Massachusetts farms produce a wide variety of both fruits and vegetables, from Brussels sprouts …Continue Reading Fall Harvest – Fruits and Veggies in Season Right Now!
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In the six years from 2008 through 2013, 356 workers died on the job in Massachusetts. This is about one worker every five days! The MDPH CFOI and MA FACE projects developed this infographic to illustrate these tragic worker deaths and to underscore the human costs …Continue Reading Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference
National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives. All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Unfortunately, far too few adults are …Continue Reading Vaccines Are Not Just for Kids!
Vaccines are an important component of a healthy pregnancy. Women should be up to date on their vaccines before becoming pregnant, and should receive vaccines against both the flu and whooping cough (pertussis) during pregnancy. These vaccines not only protect the mother by preventing illnesses …Continue Reading Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now