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Monthly Archives: April 2013

DPH Walks the Walk Posted on Apr 22

DPH Walks the Walk

      While we are working closely with Mass in Motion communities to make the healthy choice the easy choice and encouraging individuals to eat better and move more, we’re also issuing a challenge to our own staff.  Beginning April 26th, DPH will join   …Continue Reading DPH Walks the Walk

Martha’s Vineyard Harvest of the Month Program Posted on Apr 18

Martha’s Vineyard Harvest of the Month Program

    Martha’s Vineyard (MV) public school students who are chowing down on roasted potatoes with rosemary, purple and orange sweet potatoes and black bean salad may not know it, but they’re a part of a larger plan MV has to transform school lunches. The   …Continue Reading Martha’s Vineyard Harvest of the Month Program

Caring for the Underserved: One Physician’s Homecoming Posted on Apr 17

Caring for the Underserved: One Physician’s Homecoming

Posted by Alexis Donnaruma, an intern in the Primary Care Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health This is the latest in a series of profiles of health care professionals who have benefited from the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program (MLRP). The MLRP works to   …Continue Reading Caring for the Underserved: One Physician’s Homecoming

April is Autism Awareness Month! Posted on Apr 17

April is Autism Awareness Month!

  posted by: Katie Gorodetsky – WIC's Immunization Coordinator   Did you know that autism affects 1 in 88 children, particularly 1 in 54 boys? Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. ASDs   …Continue Reading April is Autism Awareness Month!

Welcome Dr. Michael Pentella, new Director of Bureau of Laboratory Sciences Posted on Apr 16

Welcome Dr. Michael Pentella, new Director of Bureau of Laboratory Sciences

 Posted by Larry Madoff, MD, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Bureau of Laboratory Sciences We are very pleased to welcome Michael Pentella, PhD as the new Director of the Bureau of Laboratory Sciences at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute.     …Continue Reading Welcome Dr. Michael Pentella, new Director of Bureau of Laboratory Sciences

Your One-Stop Poison Prevention Resource Posted on Apr 12

Posted by Rahila Saeed in the DPH Injury Prevention Program and the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Regional Poison Control Center. Whether your 2-year old ate some diaper rash cream or your grandfather accidentally took too much of his medication, the regional Poison Control Center for Massachusetts and   …Continue Reading Your One-Stop Poison Prevention Resource

Mass in Motion Action Institute: Building Healthier Communities Posted on Apr 11

Mass in Motion Action Institute: Building Healthier Communities

Posted by Samantha Noderer Samantha is a Health Communication Consultant at the MA Department of Public Health      On Wednesday, April 3, dedicated leaders from state and municipal agencies and community organizations gathered at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, Mass., for the 2013   …Continue Reading Mass in Motion Action Institute: Building Healthier Communities

Highlights from the April 10 Public Health Council meeting Posted on Apr 10

Highlights from the April 10 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 featured an in-depth presentation on newly proposed draft regulations to support the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Massachusetts. The draft regulations were created after   …Continue Reading Highlights from the April 10 Public Health Council meeting

Read All About It: Books Are Good For Your Health! Posted on Apr 9

Read All About It: Books Are Good For Your Health!

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health There’s something special about holding a real, paper and ink book in my hands. I love the feel and smell of the pages, and the fact that there's no blinding glare   …Continue Reading Read All About It: Books Are Good For Your Health!

Get Inspired by the Boston Marathon! Posted on Apr 9

Get Inspired by the Boston Marathon!

  Posted by: Lynn Beattie – WIC Nutritionist         As we break free from the dreary winter weather, it’s time to get up, get out, and get physical! The warmer spring weather and approaching Boston Marathon make this a perfect time of year   …Continue Reading Get Inspired by the Boston Marathon!