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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Promoting Public Health; Creating Growth and Opportunity Posted on Feb 28

Today DPH Interim Commissioner Lauren Smith, MD, MPH had the honor of addressing the Joint Hearing of the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means, in support of Governor Patrick's proposed FY 2014 budget. Dr. Smith's prepared testimony appears below: Honorable Chairs and Members   …Continue Reading Promoting Public Health; Creating Growth and Opportunity

MA SRTS & Saris Cycling Group Team Up for National 5th Grade Bike Poster Contest! Posted on Feb 26

MA SRTS & Saris Cycling Group Team Up for National 5th Grade Bike Poster Contest!

Posted by Lauren Robinson Lauren works with the Safe Routes to School program of the MA Department of Transportation     MassDOT's Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program is partnering with Saris Cycling Group, a manufacturer of bicycle racks and cycling training products, to launch   …Continue Reading MA SRTS & Saris Cycling Group Team Up for National 5th Grade Bike Poster Contest!

Support for Breastfeeding Moms! Posted on Feb 25

Support for Breastfeeding Moms!

  Posted by: Julie Forgit – WIC Nutritionist     When I had my first daughter, Emma, I thought breastfeeding would be easy for me and I wouldn’t need any support nursing her.  After all, I had worked for WIC for 8 years, counseled WIC   …Continue Reading Support for Breastfeeding Moms!

Weekly Flu Report, February 22, 2013 Posted on Feb 22

Weekly Flu Report, February 22, 2013

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health The latest weekly flu report (Word, PDF) shows that rates of flu-like illness continue to drop in Massachusetts, which is welcome news indeed. But flu does continue to spread in our   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 22, 2013

Massachusetts Leading the Way to Healthier Communities Posted on Feb 21

Massachusetts Leading the Way to Healthier Communities

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Hearty DPH congratulations go out to our partners in the cities of Cambridge and Fall River, who today received the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize.  Kudos also   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Leading the Way to Healthier Communities

Pumping Up Purim Posted on Feb 21

Pumping Up Purim

Posted by Joshua Vogel Josh is an epidemiologist at the MA Department of Public Health       The Jewish holiday of Purim is coming up! Typically, this holiday is celebrated by reading the Book of Esther and many other customs, including an obligatory meal.   …Continue Reading Pumping Up Purim

Happy Love Your Pet Day! Honor Your Furry Friend Who Keeps You Happy Posted on Feb 21

Happy Love Your Pet Day! Honor Your Furry Friend Who Keeps You Happy

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” ~Author Ben Williams Today is Love Your Pet Day, and we sure do love our   …Continue Reading Happy Love Your Pet Day! Honor Your Furry Friend Who Keeps You Happy

Visit Your Local Winter Farmers’ Market for Taste, Convenience and Community! Posted on Feb 19

Visit Your Local Winter Farmers’ Market for Taste, Convenience and Community!

Posted by Anna Waclawiczek Anna is the Chief of Staff at the MA Department of Agricultural Resources (AGR)     Editorial Contribution by Division of Agricultural Markets Staff Julia Grimaldi and Bonita Oehlke I don’t know about you, but the fact that there are now so   …Continue Reading Visit Your Local Winter Farmers’ Market for Taste, Convenience and Community!

Weekly Flu Report, February 15, 2013 Posted on Feb 15

Weekly Flu Report, February 15, 2013

  Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health The latest weekly flu report (Word, PDF) shows that rates of flu-like illness continue to decline in Massachusetts. That said, flu season is definitely not over yet, and flu vaccine continues to   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 15, 2013

Highlights from the February 13th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Feb 13

Highlights from the February 13th Public Health Council Meeting

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health This month's Public Health Council meeting included a series of Determination of Need (DoN)applications from area health care facilities, a vote by the Council on proposed amendments to regulations governing dispensing procedures   …Continue Reading Highlights from the February 13th Public Health Council Meeting