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DPH Highlights its Nursing Staff for National Nurses Week

DPH Highlights its Nursing Staff for National Nurses Week posted on May 11

More than 600 nurses work throughout the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, many of them on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, and others in critical policy, management, and support roles. The four themes of this year’s National Nurses Week celebration –self-care, recognition, professional   …Continue Reading DPH Highlights its Nursing Staff for National Nurses Week

Every Sexual Assault Patient Deserves the Best Possible Care

Every Sexual Assault Patient Deserves the Best Possible Care posted on Feb 25

In Massachusetts, 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 6 men experience sexual violence in their lives according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.   They will go on to require medical and emotional care and specialized services that go far beyond what   …Continue Reading Every Sexual Assault Patient Deserves the Best Possible Care

As we head into 2020, it’s a good time to look back and take stock of what was a very busy 2019, working with our partners across Massachusetts to promote and protect the health and well-being of all our residents. Thank you to all of   …Continue Reading

Keeping Our Food Supply Safe and Wholesome

Keeping Our Food Supply Safe and Wholesome posted on Nov 18

The holiday season is upon us – a time of year when many of our celebrations take place around food. And whether it’s today or any other day, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is whether that food is safe. Thankfully, here in Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Keeping Our Food Supply Safe and Wholesome

Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot

Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot posted on Oct 8

This year, the first full week of October marks the start of Massachusetts’ flu surveillance monitoring and reporting for the 2019-2020 flu season. To monitor flu in the state, DPH uses a variety of disease surveillance methods including lab testing, voluntary reporting by health care   …Continue Reading Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot

Now at Bat, In the Fight Against Addiction

Now at Bat, In the Fight Against Addiction posted on Jul 1

“Hi, I’m Jackie Bradley, Jr. of the Boston Red Sox, and this is my wife Erin,” begins the Gold Glove All-Star center-fielder. “The stigma of drug addiction can keep people from seeking the treatment they need,” continues Erin. “That’s why WE SUPPORT a state without   …Continue Reading Now at Bat, In the Fight Against Addiction

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