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Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: Working to Control Health Care Costs in MA Posted on Jul 11

As public officials and health care stakeholders across the United States worry about the health care system and its escalating costs, Massachusetts is working to find ways to prevent those costs from occurring in the first place. With the establishment of the Prevention and Wellness   …Continue Reading The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: Working to Control Health Care Costs in MA

Highlights from the July 10th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jul 10

Highlights from the July 10th Public Health Council Meeting

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of informational presentations on proposed amendments to existing regulations, and the consideration of a Determination of Need (DoN) request from one Massachusetts health care facility. First, the Council took up the request from Milford   …Continue Reading Highlights from the July 10th Public Health Council Meeting

It Takes a Village: Second Conference in Series Builds Support for New Bostonians Posted on Jul 9

It Takes a Village: Second Conference in Series Builds Support for New Bostonians

 “The world breaks everyone and afterwards, many are strong at the broken places.”  ~ Ernest Hemingway How do culture, values, and beliefs influence our responses to mental health and suicidality? How do people heal from traumatic events? How can we promote resiliency among immigrants and   …Continue Reading It Takes a Village: Second Conference in Series Builds Support for New Bostonians

The Joy of Helping Others; The Relief of Help with Student Loans Posted on Jul 8

The Joy of Helping Others; The Relief of Help with Student Loans

Learn how one local health care provider is making a difference in helping underserved populations get and stay healthy – all while receiving much-needed relief from student loans. Find out if the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health might be able to help you.

Mosquitoes and Ticks – They’re Out in Mass! Posted on Jul 3

The warm temperatures are finally here in Massachusetts, and of course our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors with friends and family. As we head out the door, though, it’s important to remember to take steps to protect ourselves from ticks and mosquito bites.   …Continue Reading Mosquitoes and Ticks – They’re Out in Mass!

Commissioner’s Corner: Sharing News on Public Health Initiatives in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 2

Commissioner’s Corner: Sharing News on Public Health Initiatives in Massachusetts

As Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, I have the privilege of seeing first hand the vital work our Department performs on a daily basis – and it is an impressive range of activities. To name just a few of them, dedicated staff at   …Continue Reading Commissioner’s Corner: Sharing News on Public Health Initiatives in Massachusetts

Community Farm Shares: Are They For You? Posted on Jul 2

Community Farm Shares: Are They For You?

Community supported agriculture (CSA) provides people with local, fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables.

How to Quit Smoking During Pregnancy! Posted on Jul 1

How to Quit Smoking During Pregnancy!

Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking during pregnancy can cause various health problems including premature birth (being born too early), some birth defects, and can result in   …Continue Reading How to Quit Smoking During Pregnancy!