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A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community

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

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

The Boston Marathon – Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

The Boston Marathon – Reflecting Back, Looking Forward posted on Apr 7

Springtime has finally arrived in Massachusetts and with it the annual running of the Boston Marathon – an event which brings together people from all over the Commonwealth and all over the world to celebrate the spirit of athleticism and the achievement of every runner   …Continue Reading The Boston Marathon – Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans

Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans posted on Mar 20

Earlier this month I had an amazing opportunity to spend the day with nine wounded war heroes and their families at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC.  The resiliency that these veterans displayed was remarkable as they talked about their injuries and their progress towards   …Continue Reading Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans

Una estrategia integral para combatir el abuso de opioides

Una estrategia integral para combatir el abuso de opioides posted on Mar 7

Como en muchos otros estados, no hay duda de que aquí en Massachusetts el uso de opioides ha alcanzado proporciones epidémicas. La evidencia es clara y contundente en términos de las tasas crecientes de sobredosis fatales y no fatales, así como en las tendencias en   …Continue Reading Una estrategia integral para combatir el abuso de opioides

DPH Introduces Groundbreaking National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center

DPH Introduces Groundbreaking National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center posted on Mar 5

The Department of Public Health’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program provides compassionate and comprehensive forensic nursing care to survivors of sexual assault across the Commonwealth. Over the past 15 years, these expert clinicians have cared for more than 16,000 survivors of sexual assault.  As   …Continue Reading DPH Introduces Groundbreaking National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center

A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse

A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse posted on Feb 26

Like so many other states, here in Massachusetts there can be no doubt that the use of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. The evidence is clear and compelling, as seen in terms of rising rates of fatal and non-fatal overdoses as well as trends in   …Continue Reading A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse

The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Innovative Next Step in Health Care Reform posted on Jan 28

These are extraordinary times to work in public health in Massachusetts, as the Commonwealth leads the nation in the successful implementation of health care reform through innovation, collaboration, and hard work.  As a former front-line nurse and community advocate, it is exciting to see the   …Continue Reading The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Innovative Next Step in Health Care Reform

It’s Budget Week! posted on Jan 23

As a nurse and long-time community advocate for HIV/AIDS patients, substance abuse treatment and the homeless, I can remember experiencing each of the annual Governor’s Budget announcements with great anticipation, anxiety and excitement. Then and now, I have always believed that our state budget truly   …Continue Reading It’s Budget Week!

Building Capacity at the Local Level to Respond to Emergencies posted on Jan 9

In Massachusetts we’ve come to recognize and appreciate that when emergencies happen, our local communities band together to respond. And these community-level responses are exemplified by the work done by local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of   …Continue Reading Building Capacity at the Local Level to Respond to Emergencies

Pruebas de detección para recién nacidos: Una historia de éxito en Massachusetts durante 50 años

Pruebas de detección para recién nacidos: Una historia de éxito en Massachusetts durante 50 años posted on Dec 10

En 1963, Massachusetts se convirtió en el primer estado de la nación en ordenar la prueba de detección para recién nacidos en todo el estado para promover la importancia de la  detección temprana y el tratamiento de enfermedades poco comunes que pueden amenazar la salud   …Continue Reading Pruebas de detección para recién nacidos: Una historia de éxito en Massachusetts durante 50 años