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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

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

Una estrategia integral para combatir el abuso de opioides

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 Posted on Mar 5

DPH Introduces Groundbreaking National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center

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 Posted on Feb 26

A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse

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