The Department of Public Health is comprised of ten bureaus and hundreds of programs, each dedicated to a particular component of promoting and protecting the public’s health. While DPH staff are on the forefront of countless efforts to promote wellness for residents across the Commonwealth, there is some less visible, yet equally important, work being done every day by the staff of the State Lab.
The Bureau of Laboratory Sciences, housed at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory in Jamaica Plain, provides diagnosis, surveillance, investigation and prevention for a wide range of substances and diseases including foodborne illness, lead poisoning, tuberculosis and HIV.
Moving forward, we are going to use this space to highlight what happens behind the scenes at the state Lab – like how we test a bat for rabies, run tests for STDs, or figure out if that hamburger you ate last night is what gave you food poisoning.
Partnering with the Legislature to Prevent Suicides and Save Lives posted on Sep 17
Governor Patrick recently signed into law An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence, reforming the state’s gun lawsin an effort to reduce gun violence and create safer and healthier communities across the Commonwealth. These newly enacted provisions are focused on four key areas: …Continue Reading Partnering with the Legislature to Prevent Suicides and Save Lives
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
Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me posted on Sep 10
I don’t love working out. Physical activity is not something I crave, it’s something I have to make myself do. It’s always been a struggle for me to keep active, but throughout my life I’ve found things that worked for me: high school sports, going …Continue Reading Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me