Mass Public Health Blog

Promoting public health & wellness in Massachusetts

Monthly Archives: January 2011

The problem with health care in Massachusetts: The way we pay for it. Posted on Jan 28

The problem with health care in Massachusetts: The way we pay for it.

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   In the four years since I assumed the role of Health and Human Services Secretary of Massachusetts, residents of the Commonwealth have witnessed significant changes in the health care landscape. We have successfully   …Continue Reading The problem with health care in Massachusetts: The way we pay for it.

Weekly Flu Report, January 27, 2011 Posted on Jan 27

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_1_27_11   As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_1_27_11 This week's flu report shows that flu-like illness continues to circulate on a widespread basis in Massachusetts. The best way to stay healthy this flu season is to get a flu shot — see where you can   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 27, 2011

Check with your doctor before becoming… sedentary? Posted on Jan 26

Check with your doctor before becoming… sedentary?

  Posted by: Maya Mohan, Department of Public Health   Maya is the Physical Activity Coordinator for DPH. Growing up, my parents used to really get on my case to “quit fidgeting and just sit still!” Apparently, that might not have been the best advice. I   …Continue Reading Check with your doctor before becoming… sedentary?

An Important Update about the All-Payer Claims Database Posted on Jan 26

An Important Update about the All-Payer Claims Database

  Most of you know that over the past year the Division has been building an all-payer claims database (APCD).  Massachusetts is poised to have the most robust dataset of health care claims and information in the country. This ambitious effort could not be accomplished   …Continue Reading An Important Update about the All-Payer Claims Database

Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2011 Posted on Jan 20

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_1_20_11  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_1_20_11 This week's flu report shows that flu activity is now considered "widespread", which means that we're seeing more and more flu in our communities. Most flu seasons don't really peak until well in February and even early   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2011

Get 5-a-Day Without Throwing Money Away! Posted on Jan 18

Get 5-a-Day Without Throwing Money Away!

  Posted by: Lynn DiTaranto, Department of Public Health.   Lynn is a Nutrition Education Specialist with DPH.         Tired of paying high prices for fresh fruits and vegetables at the store? Do you often find yourself throwing your produce away because   …Continue Reading Get 5-a-Day Without Throwing Money Away!

Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2011 Posted on Jan 13

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_1_13_11  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_1_13_11 While this week's flu report shows a slight decline in flu activity in the state in the past 7 days, the overall trend continues to show flu season beginning to kick into gear. The single best way   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2011

Walking, and you thought it was just another way to get around. Posted on Jan 10

Walking, and you thought it was just another way to get around.

 Posted by Ed Pomfred, R.N. Ed Pomfred is the Director of the Keep Moving Program, Healthy Aging and Disability Unit, MA DPH.   Have you been reading the latest news on walking? What could possibly be new in walking? I mean, it’s just one step   …Continue Reading Walking, and you thought it was just another way to get around.

Looking Forward to a Great 2011 Posted on Jan 10

Looking Forward to a Great 2011

    As we look ahead in this New Year, I thought it would be helpful to share what’s on the horizon for 2011 at the Division: In terms of transparency of quality and costs in health care, 2011 will be an exciting year at   …Continue Reading Looking Forward to a Great 2011

Massachusetts Hospitals Take on Tobacco Posted on Jan 7

Massachusetts Hospitals Take on Tobacco

Twenty years ago, it was normal for hospitals to allow smoking in or near patient rooms.  But with what we’ve learned about the dangers of secondhand smoke, hospitals no longer allow smoking in their buildings.  This was a big step forward in creating a healthy   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Hospitals Take on Tobacco