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Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases

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Back-to-school season is here. While you are gathering the necessary school supplies, like new clothes and back packs, make sure you schedule an appointment with your child’s healthcare provider for their annual wellness visit. As part of this visit your child may receive a recommended vaccine. Schools   …Continue Reading Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases


Do You Have a Picky Eater in the Family?

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By Jennifer Navaroli, RD, LDN and Kaitlin Barragan, RD, LDN “No broccoli for me! I don’t want anything green!” Sound familiar? Picky eating is a common frustration that many parents may struggle with at one point or another.  Some may worry that their child is   …Continue Reading Do You Have a Picky Eater in the Family?


Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

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As a parent, you want to do what is best for your child. You’re probably aware of the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep kids safe. But did you know that one of the best ways to protect your child   …Continue Reading Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child


Vaccines: Not Just for Kids!

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You might think that vaccines are only for children – but in truth they’re valuable for adults as well. Are you one of the millions of adults not aware of the vaccines you need? There are many reasons why adults should be vaccinated. Each year,   …Continue Reading Vaccines: Not Just for Kids!


Celebrating the Role of Community Health Centers in Protecting Farmworker Health

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It’s National Health Center Week , an opportunity to recognize the 9000+ Health Center sites across the country—including 285 right here in Massachusetts – and the lifesaving work they do in promoting the health of our residents, including the most vulnerable. This year during National Health Center   …Continue Reading Celebrating the Role of Community Health Centers in Protecting Farmworker Health


Celebrando el rol de los centros de salud comunitarios en la protección de la salud de los agricultores

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Es la Semana Nacional de los Centros de Salud, una oportunidad para ofrecer reconocimiento a los más de 9,000 centros de salud en el país, incluyendo los 285 centros que se encuentran justamente aquí en Massachusetts, y la labor de salvar vidas que realizan al   …Continue Reading Celebrando el rol de los centros de salud comunitarios en la protección de la salud de los agricultores


Highlights of the August 12th Public Health Council Meeting

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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a vote on a Determination of Need (DoN) request, a series of informational briefings on proposed amendments to regulations, and a presentation to the Council from the Bureau of Infectious Disease. First, the Council took up   …Continue Reading Highlights of the August 12th Public Health Council Meeting


Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities

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“The RLC started as a place to go when I was living on the street. Then – once I had a place to live, had reconnected with family, and had gotten other parts of my life back on track – it became a place to   …Continue Reading Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities


Your Pregnancy: Protecting Your Baby Starts Now

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From the moment you found out you were pregnant, you started protecting your baby. You might have changed the way you eat, started taking a prenatal vitamin, and researching the kind of car seat you’ll buy. But did you know that one of the best   …Continue Reading Your Pregnancy: Protecting Your Baby Starts Now


World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home!

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By Erika Ross Returning to work after having a baby? Whether it’s been 12 weeks, 6 months, or a few years, returning to work or school can be a challenging transition. For me, becoming a new mom introduced me to a whole new wonderful world   …Continue Reading World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home!