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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Los hospitales tienen intérpretes para ayudarle a comunicarse. ¡Pida uno! Posted on Apr 30

Los hospitales tienen intérpretes para ayudarle a comunicarse. ¡Pida uno!

Los hospitales tienen intérpretes para ayudarle a comunicarse. ¡Pida uno! Una de cada cinco personas que viven en Massachusetts habla un idioma que no es inglés en casa, y el cuarenta por ciento de ellos habla un inglés muy básico. Por eso es muy importante   …Continue Reading Los hospitales tienen intérpretes para ayudarle a comunicarse. ¡Pida uno!

An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction Posted on Apr 30

An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction

Cities and towns across Massachusetts are grappling with the devastating impact of an opiate addiction epidemic. In recognition of this crisis, Governor Patrick has declared opiate abuse as a public health emergency and has unveiled a comprehensive strategy to address the issue on a wide   …Continue Reading An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction

Pumping and Working! Posted on Apr 28

Pumping and Working!

Going back to work after having your little one is certainly a transition period for many reasons. Having been in this situation very recently, I wanted to write a blog that would be helpful and include advice for pumping. I found it useful to become   …Continue Reading Pumping and Working!

Coming to a Farmers’ Market Near You — Fresh, Local Produce! Posted on Apr 25

Coming to a Farmers’ Market Near You — Fresh, Local Produce!

The village market’s teeming, once again with lively folk, as New England’s hardy souls are loosed from winter’s yoke.* If you’re like me, you felt as though winter would never end. And for those who relish wintertime, perhaps even they had a little too much   …Continue Reading Coming to a Farmers’ Market Near You — Fresh, Local Produce!

Weekly Flu Report, April 25, 2014 Posted on Apr 25

This week’s flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness dipped slightly as compared to last week’s data. Flu season is not over yet, though, and we can expect to continue to see some level of flu activity as we get further into spring.

Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA Posted on Apr 23

Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA

Registration for the 19th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference is open! This event, to be held May 20, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA attracts professionals from local public health organizations, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, college health, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, employers, health   …Continue Reading Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA

Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 Posted on Apr 18

This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014

DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse Posted on Apr 15

DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse

Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth.  Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the   …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse

A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community Posted on Apr 14

A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community

When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use   …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community

Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Apr 9

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a series of Determination of Need (DON) requests, followed by a set of three of informational presentations on pending amendments to regulations. The Council took up deliberations for a series of three Determination of Need requests,   …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting