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A Continuing Journey Towards Quality Improvement Posted on Dec 4

One hallmark of DPH as an organization is our desire to constantly look for ways to ensure that we as an agency are providing the highest quality services to the people that we serve. Recently the Department passed a significant milestone in that quest, as   …Continue Reading A Continuing Journey Towards Quality Improvement

Women Leading the Way to Wellness Posted on Nov 25

Women Leading the Way to Wellness

Earlier this week I was honored to be recognized at the American Cancer Society’s inaugural Women Leading the Way to Wellness event in Boston. The goal of the event was to focus on the critical role that women play in the prevention and early detection   …Continue Reading Women Leading the Way to Wellness

A Vital Partnership Between Public Health and Community Development Posted on Nov 13

Some see transportation, housing, agriculture, and community and economic development as non-traditional partners when it comes to community planning.  But here at DPH we see them as a natural fit. That’s because if we’re going to increase opportunities for active living and healthy eating –   …Continue Reading A Vital Partnership Between Public Health and Community Development

SANE: Providing Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault Posted on Nov 5

The Department of Public Health has worked for many years to prevent sexual violence and provide assistance to survivors through our Division of Injury Prevention.  But sadly, sexual assault—a crime of power and control— still happens all too frequently. Today I’m writing about the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading SANE: Providing Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Celebrating a Proud Partnership between the Massachusetts Legislature and the Patrick Administration Posted on Oct 9

Celebrating a Proud Partnership between the Massachusetts Legislature and the Patrick Administration

With the end of the 188th General Court’s formal legislative session on Beacon Hill, now is the time to look back and recognize the incredible legislative progress Massachusetts has made in the past two years in promoting public health in cities and towns across the   …Continue Reading Celebrating a Proud Partnership between the Massachusetts Legislature and the Patrick Administration

A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults Posted on Sep 24

A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

Each year in the United States, one out of every three adults age 65 and over experiences a fall. And in Massachusetts, every 13 minutes (on average) an older adult requires treatment in an emergency room for fall-related injuries. The human toll of these injuries   …Continue Reading A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

Partnering with the Legislature to Prevent Suicides and Save Lives Posted on Sep 17

Governor Patrick recently signed into law An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence, reforming the state’s gun lawsin an effort to reduce gun violence and create safer and healthier communities across the Commonwealth. These newly enacted provisions are focused on four key areas:   …Continue Reading Partnering with the Legislature to Prevent Suicides and Save Lives

¡Celebramos el 40º Aniversario de WIC! Posted on Sep 8

¡Celebramos el 40º Aniversario de WIC!

La semana pasada tuve el placer de celebrar con el Programa de Nutrición de Mujeres, Infantes y Niños (WIC) de Massachusetts su 40º Aniversario con un evento de gala en la Casa Estatal. Así que no hay mejor tiempo que el presente para darle un   …Continue Reading ¡Celebramos el 40º Aniversario de WIC!

Mass WIC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary! Posted on Sep 8

Mass WIC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary!

I recently had the distinct pleasure of helping the Massachusetts Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program celebrate its 40th anniversary at a gala event at the State House. So it seems there’s no time like the present to take a few moments to look   …Continue Reading Mass WIC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary!

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