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Monthly Archives: September 2013

New Insights into the Massachusetts Health Care Workforce Posted on Sep 26

In 2010 the Massachusetts Health Workforce Center, in collaboration with the Primary Care Office, the Division of Health Professions Licensure, and other key stakeholders launched the Health Workforce Data Collection Initiative. The Initiative responds to a growing need for a comprehensive and data-driven picture of   …Continue Reading New Insights into the Massachusetts Health Care Workforce

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Posted on Sep 24

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

As with so many other forms of cancer, the key to successful treatment of ovarian cancer lies in early detection. That’s why the Department of Public Health joined with Senate President Therese Murray and other key stakeholders to proclaim September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.   …Continue Reading September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Together We’re Ready: Get Vaccinated – Fight the Flu Posted on Sep 24

September means back to school, football, and foliage. But it also means time for your annual flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available, and continue throughout the   …Continue Reading Together We’re Ready: Get Vaccinated – Fight the Flu

A Helpful Resource for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families Posted on Sep 19

A Helpful Resource for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

One of the most significant and trying times in the life of any family is the decision to enter a loved one into a nursing home. Yet this is a situation which so many of our families face as time goes on. As you or   …Continue Reading A Helpful Resource for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

Juntos, estamos listos: Consideraciones para las personas con necesidades de acceso y funcionales Posted on Sep 18

El Departamento de Salud Pública de Massachusetts está comprometido con el enfoque de “toda la comunidad” para la gestión de emergencias, que fue iniciada por la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA) en 2011, cuando FEMA reconoció la necesidad de un esfuerzo colectivo   …Continue Reading Juntos, estamos listos: Consideraciones para las personas con necesidades de acceso y funcionales

The Greenway Posted on Sep 18

The Greenway

With apologies to Kermit the Frog, it is easy being green — or easier than it used to be, anyway. And a great way to be green in the Boston area is to take a ride, run, or stroll on the Neponset River Greenway Corridor. I’m   …Continue Reading The Greenway

DPH Announces 2,000th Narcan Reversal Posted on Sep 17

DPH Announces 2,000th Narcan Reversal

Yesterday, DPH staff was joined at the State House by Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz to announce the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program has reported its 2,000th overdose reversal in six years of operation. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, blocks the   …Continue Reading DPH Announces 2,000th Narcan Reversal

Get Involved-Get Kids Active! Posted on Sep 17

Get Involved-Get Kids Active!

In this age of technology you might find your kids watching TV, playing video games, online, or constantly texting. What ever happened to running outside and playing sports? If this is a memory of your childhood but not your child’s, it’s time to get active   …Continue Reading Get Involved-Get Kids Active!

Together We’re Ready: Considerations for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs Posted on Sep 16

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is committed to the “Whole Community” approach to emergency management which was initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2011, when FEMA recognized the need for a collective effort on the part of the private sector, community   …Continue Reading Together We’re Ready: Considerations for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs

Highlights from the September 11th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Sep 12

Highlights from the September 11th Public Health Council Meeting

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured two informational presentations on proposed amendments to existing regulations, a request to rescind an existing regulation and the consideration of a Determination of Need (DoN) request from one Massachusetts health care facility. First, the Council voted   …Continue Reading Highlights from the September 11th Public Health Council Meeting