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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Some Surprisingly Good News about Primary Care in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 28

Some Surprisingly Good News about Primary Care in Massachusetts

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   In April 2008 the New York Times ran a story about the strain on primary care in Massachusetts caused by health care reform.  Other headlines called the Massachusetts primary care problem ‘a crisis.’    …Continue Reading Some Surprisingly Good News about Primary Care in Massachusetts

Predicting & Preventing Unintentional Injuries Posted on Jul 28

This is the latest in the series of posts highlighting each chapter from the Department of Public Health’s new and comprehensive "Health of Massachusetts" report. Chapter eleven looks at unintentional injuries in the state. The term injury includes not only unintentional injuries, or “accidents,” but   …Continue Reading Predicting & Preventing Unintentional Injuries

The Skinny on “Instability Shoes” Posted on Jul 27

The Skinny on “Instability Shoes”

Posted by: Maya Mohan, Department of Public Health Maya is the Physical Activity Coordinator for DPH and is (sometimes) a sucker for a good marketing campaign!   I’m sure by now you’ve seen ads for these kinds of sneakers – the ones that will help you   …Continue Reading The Skinny on “Instability Shoes”

El café, ¿un alivio o un dolor de cabeza? Posted on Jul 27

El café, ¿un alivio o un dolor de cabeza?

Posted by: Jordan Coriza, Department of Public Health Jordan is the Director of Ethnic Media Engagement for the Department. No pasan desapercibidas: largas filas de personas cada mañana caminan como robots para conseguir esa bebida que altera la mente pero es legal. Como buen amante   …Continue Reading El café, ¿un alivio o un dolor de cabeza?

Café: um Alívio ou uma Dor de Cabeça? Posted on Jul 27

Café: um Alívio ou uma Dor de Cabeça?

Posted by: Jordan Coriza, Department of Public Health Jordan is the Director of Ethnic Media Engagement for the Department. Não tem como não ver: todas as manhãs longas filas de pessoas andando como robôs para pegar essa bebida que altera a mente, mas é permitida   …Continue Reading Café: um Alívio ou uma Dor de Cabeça?

Celebrating 20 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act Posted on Jul 26

Celebrating 20 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   Today, I was honored to participate in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), at a celebration in Boston Common sponsored by the New England ADA   …Continue Reading Celebrating 20 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Understanding Addiction in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 22

This is the newest post in the "Health of Massachusetts" series, a comprehensive new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Chapter ten “Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use” looks at the rates of alcohol and drug abuse in Massachusetts. Specifically, we provide data   …Continue Reading Understanding Addiction in Massachusetts

The Use of Alcohol Among Hispanic Youth Posted on Jul 21

The Use of Alcohol Among Hispanic Youth

Posted by: Jordan Coriza, Department of Public Health Jordan is the Director of Ethnic Media Engagement for the Department. We’ve received a couple of comments from readers who are curious to know what our blog posts in Spanish say. Most entries are translations from the   …Continue Reading The Use of Alcohol Among Hispanic Youth

HCFP Symposium Debrief Posted on Jul 20

HCFP Symposium Debrief

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Yesterday, we held the first Health Care Finance and Policy (HCFP) Symposium informed by the release of three new DHCFP reports about preventable/avoidable emergency department (ED) use, potentially preventable hospitalizations, and primary care supply and access   …Continue Reading HCFP Symposium Debrief

Coffee- a Help or a Headache? Posted on Jul 20

Coffee- a Help or a Headache?

Posted by: Meghan Morse, Department of Public Health Meghan is a Nutrition Education Specialist for DPH. You can’t miss it every morning- long lines of people walking like robots to get their legal, mind-altering beverage. As a non-coffee drinker, I started to wonder why so   …Continue Reading Coffee- a Help or a Headache?