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Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe

Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe posted on Jun 3

Did you know that Massachusetts has more local public health jurisdictions than any other state? Most other states have county or district-based health departments, but here most of our 351 cities and towns operate their own boards of health. To get a better sense of what   …Continue Reading Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe

Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health

Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health posted on Mar 28

Throughout our Department’s 150th anniversary year we will be highlighting aspects of our work and history. This month, we focus on an area that touches virtually every single Massachusetts resident: our Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. In addition to their most visible public function   …Continue Reading Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health

Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH

Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH posted on Mar 1

Hundreds of public health professionals, representatives of community-based organizations and municipal government, and prevention advocates will gather in Worcester next month for the statewide Ounce of Prevention conference, hosted annually by the Department of Public Health. The conference, marking DPH’s 150th year, takes place April   …Continue Reading Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH

Celebrating 150 Years of Advancing Public Health

Celebrating 150 Years of Advancing Public Health posted on Jan 28

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is celebrating! This year marks the department’s sesquicentennial – our 150th anniversary.  We are marking this milestone with a special anniversary logo and presentations and events throughout the year. As part of our celebration, we plan to highlight many   …Continue Reading Celebrating 150 Years of Advancing Public Health

Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here's Why.

Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here’s Why. posted on Dec 27

According to our Massachusetts Deaths 2016 report released this week, the average life expectancy of Massachusetts residents rose to 80 years and 8 months in 2016, an increase in longevity that actually runs counter to national trends showing a decline in how long Americans are   …Continue Reading Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here’s Why.

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu posted on Dec 20

Have you had your flu shot yet?  Nearly half of those who should get vaccinated don’t get their flu shots, leading to thousands of hospitalizations every year. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the New England Revolution to remind you that while soccer season may   …Continue Reading DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

Use the Right Tool for the Job

Use the Right Tool for the Job posted on Nov 13

Just as a hammer is the wrong tool to shovel snow, an antibiotic is the wrong “tool” to treat infections caused by viruses, including colds and flu. Antibiotics only fight infections caused by bacteria. Like all medications they can be harmful and should only be   …Continue Reading Use the Right Tool for the Job