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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Weekly Flu Report, October 28, 2010 Posted on Oct 29

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_10_28_10 or as PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_10_28_10 As this week's flu report indicates, we continue to see relatively low levels of flu-like illness in Massachusetts. This is in keeping with the typical way that flu season happens around here, where we don't see the   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 28, 2010

Consultative Session for Total Medical Expenses and Relative Prices Posted on Oct 28

Consultative Session for Total Medical Expenses and Relative Prices

  We have made a lot of progress in the two weeks since I last blogged about Chapter 288 – or the small business health care bill – and are preparing to hold an open consultative session on our proposed methodologies for calculating total medical   …Continue Reading Consultative Session for Total Medical Expenses and Relative Prices

Arlington School Bike Rack Installation Sets a Great Example Posted on Oct 25

Arlington School Bike Rack Installation Sets a Great Example

Posted by: Gerry Bingham, Department of Energy Resources.   Gerry is a Senior Coordinator of DG programs and Assistance for Business for DOER.     Sometimes change isn’t easy.  Here at DOER, I spend my day helping businesses find ways to reduce their annual energy costs through the state’s new and   …Continue Reading Arlington School Bike Rack Installation Sets a Great Example

Weekly Flu Report: October 21, 2010 Posted on Oct 22

RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_10_21_10 (2) or PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_10_21_10 (2) Flu activity continues to be very low across the Commonwealth, which is about right for this time of year. But we'll definitely see these figures going up as flu season gets into gear later in November and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report: October 21, 2010

Regarding Quality… Posted on Oct 21

Regarding Quality…

  Last week I gave you an update on the Division’s work related to Chapter 288 – the law primarily designed to provide relief to small businesses from exorbitant premiums. In that post, I mentioned the Division’s broad efforts to promote transparency, integrate health care,   …Continue Reading Regarding Quality…

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic… and BMI Posted on Oct 21

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic… and BMI

Posted by: Laura York, Department of Public Health   Laura is the Director of the Coordinated School Health Program When kids are healthy, they’re able to learn more and do better in school. Yet almost one-third of Massachusetts high school and middle school students are either   …Continue Reading Reading, Writing, Arithmetic… and BMI

Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention Posted on Oct 19

Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is not only a time be aware of breast cancer, but it’s an opportunity to learn more about the proactive steps women can take to protect themselves.    …Continue Reading Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Welcome Back to Our Weekly Flu Reports Posted on Oct 15

RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_10_14_10 or PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_10_14_10 Hi everyone and welcome back to the “Flu Facts” category on the DPH blog. This week marks the official beginning of our weekly reports on the amounts of flu-like illness we’re seeing in the state. We’ll be posting these   …Continue Reading Welcome Back to Our Weekly Flu Reports

Moving Ahead on the Small Business Bill Posted on Oct 15

Moving Ahead on the Small Business Bill

    Today I want to give you an update on the Division’s work related to Chapter 288 – the bill Governor Patrick signed into law this past August to provide relief to small businesses from escalating premiums. When the bill was passed, I blogged   …Continue Reading Moving Ahead on the Small Business Bill

Sharing the Good News Posted on Oct 7

Sharing the Good News

We all know that health care costs are rising. I often cite a figure from Professor Len Nichols that without intervention, more than one-third of a family’s income may go towards health insurance by 2016. Additionally, we at the Division have found that as of   …Continue Reading Sharing the Good News