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A Stronger Link Between Providers, Patients, and Communities posted on Aug 12

Advances in technology are leading to improvements in so many aspects of our daily lives – and health care is no exception. With the advent of health care reform, providers and other stakeholders are working to improve health care outcomes while reducing health care costs   …Continue Reading A Stronger Link Between Providers, Patients, and Communities

Ensuring a Safe and Delicious Seafood Harvest in Massachusetts posted on Jul 31

Last weekend I was delighted to join thousands of fellow seafood fans at the Boston Seafood Festival – an annual event which celebrates the bounty of the New England seafood economy. This year I was honored to appear at the opening ceremony at the gracious   …Continue Reading Ensuring a Safe and Delicious Seafood Harvest in Massachusetts

Taking Robust Action to Improve Oversight of Compounding Pharmacies

Taking Robust Action to Improve Oversight of Compounding Pharmacies posted on Jul 16

Last week, Governor Patrick signed into law comprehensive compounding pharmacy reform legislation, House Bill 4235, An Act Relative to Pharmacy Practice in the Commonwealth. I am proud that with enactment of this legislation, Massachusetts will be better prepared and able to protect patients both inside   …Continue Reading Taking Robust Action to Improve Oversight of Compounding Pharmacies

Raising Our Voices Against Prostate Cancer

Raising Our Voices Against Prostate Cancer posted on Jun 25

Last week I was delighted to join local TV legend Susan Wornick in emceeing the 6th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House. This is always such a special event, and this year was no different. Organized by the AdMeTech Foundation in   …Continue Reading Raising Our Voices Against Prostate Cancer

Providing a Supportive Environment for Students in Recovery

Providing a Supportive Environment for Students in Recovery posted on Jun 17

Earlier this month, Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter hosted me for a wonderfully inspiring tour of Independence Academy, a DPH-funded Recovery High School located in his city. Since 2006, Massachusetts has been a leader in the development of these recovery high schools, which offer a safe,   …Continue Reading Providing a Supportive Environment for Students in Recovery

Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse

Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse posted on Jun 11

On Tuesday I was delighted to join Governor Patrick to announce a series of concrete steps to address the opioid abuse epidemic in Massachusetts, focused on improving prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services across the Commonwealth. These actions are based on a series of findings and   …Continue Reading Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse

Un compromiso con la igualdad en la atención de salud de la comunidad LGBTQ posted on May 20

Esta semana, hace diez años, nuestro estado se convirtió en el primero del país en otorgar licencias de matrimonio a parejas del mismo sexo. Fue un momento histórico para Massachusetts y un logro pionero en la promoción de la igualdad de derechos de las personas   …Continue Reading Un compromiso con la igualdad en la atención de salud de la comunidad LGBTQ

A Commitment to LGBTQ Health Care Equity posted on May 16

Ten years ago this week, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It was a historic moment for the Commonwealth and a groundbreaking achievement in the advancement of equal rights for gay, lesbian and bisexual people   …Continue Reading A Commitment to LGBTQ Health Care Equity

News from the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute

News from the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute posted on May 14

Recently I had the great pleasure of gathering together with nearly 200 community partners and organizations from across the Commonwealth for the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute. The annual Action Institute is hosted by DPH and is an opportunity for Mass in Motion programs and   …Continue Reading News from the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute

Reconociendo a nuestras enfermeras posted on May 7

Como ya usted debe saber, esta semana celebramos la Semana Nacional de la Enfermera – una oportunidad para reconocer la suma importancia del papel que las enfermeras desempeñan en nuestras comunidades. La decisión de estudiar enfermería es única para todas las enfermeras. En honor a   …Continue Reading Reconociendo a nuestras enfermeras