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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Weekly Flu Report, October 28, 2016 Posted on Oct 28

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness continue to be minimal across Massachusetts – but that will change at some point. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, there is plenty of flu vaccine available and you can find yours by   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 28, 2016

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options Posted on Oct 26

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options

When colon cancer is caught early, it can be cured 90% of the time, yet a quarter of Massachusetts residents have never been screened or are not up-to-date with screening. The only way to catch colon cancer early is to get screened, and you have   …Continue Reading Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options

Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Posted on Oct 26

Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This week the DPH Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.   Substantial gains have been made in preventing exposure to lead through 45 years of public health interventions.  Despite   …Continue Reading Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Healthy Treats, or Tricks? Posted on Oct 25

Healthy Treats, or Tricks?

By Meng Zhang It’s that time of year again.  Ghosts, goblins and (often) gooey treats!  Do your kids have a sweet tooth?  While it’s okay for them to enjoy some of their favorite treats once in a while, it’s always nice to try something different…and   …Continue Reading Healthy Treats, or Tricks?

Weekly Flu Report, October 21, 2016 Posted on Oct 21

Hello and welcome back to another flu season’s worth of Weekly Flu Reports. Each Friday from now through May you can check back here to see the latest information on the impact of flu in communities across Massachusetts. To kick things off, the first Weekly Flu   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 21, 2016

Highlights of the October 20th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Oct 20

The October monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included a pair of Determination of Need requests, two votes on final amendments to regulations, and three informational briefings for Council members on the status of proposed regulatory amendments which have yet to come for a   …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 20th Public Health Council Meeting

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Posted on Oct 17

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Many women experiencing domestic violence suffer in silence.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the opportunity to shine the light on a public health issue impacting millions of people in America.  Women experiencing domestic violence no longer need to suffer in silence; always remember   …Continue Reading Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study Posted on Oct 12

Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health invites local health officials to attend an October 17th workshop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The workshop is focused on an important environmental health study evaluating how Massachusetts residents are exposed to toxic chemicals.  The workshop will describe   …Continue Reading Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study

Shifting the Paradigm: Infusing Public Health into the Determination of Need Process Posted on Oct 6

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently proposed a revision of DPH’s Determination of Need (DoN) regulations.  At the highest level, this proposed revision represents a paradigm shift to a streamlined and retooled process that puts public health at its core. In support of   …Continue Reading Shifting the Paradigm: Infusing Public Health into the Determination of Need Process

Fall Harvest – Fruits and Veggies in Season Right Now! Posted on Oct 5

Fall Harvest – Fruits and Veggies in Season Right Now!

By Lindsay Verraster Autumn in Massachusetts is a great time to visit a local farm or farmers’ market.  Many fruits and vegetables are in season right now—not just apples and pumpkins!  Massachusetts farms produce a wide variety of both fruits and vegetables, from Brussels sprouts   …Continue Reading Fall Harvest – Fruits and Veggies in Season Right Now!