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Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse Posted on Jun 11

Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse

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 Posted on May 14

News from the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute

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

Honoring Our Nurses Posted on May 6

As you may be aware, this week is National Nurses Week — an opportunity to recognize the vitally important role that nurses play in a myriad of settings in our communities. The decision to pursue nursing as a profession and a calling is unique to   …Continue Reading Honoring Our Nurses

An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction Posted on Apr 30

An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction

Cities and towns across Massachusetts are grappling with the devastating impact of an opiate addiction epidemic. In recognition of this crisis, Governor Patrick has declared opiate abuse as a public health emergency and has unveiled a comprehensive strategy to address the issue on a wide   …Continue Reading An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction

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

A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community

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 Posted on Apr 7

The Boston Marathon – Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

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 Posted on Mar 20

Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans

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