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Category Archives: Commissioner’s Corner

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Newborn Screening: A Massachusetts Success Story for 50 Years Posted on Dec 10

Newborn Screening: A Massachusetts Success Story for 50 Years

In 1963, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to mandate statewide newborn screening to promote early detection and treatment of rare disorders that can threaten the health and development of newborns. At a State House ceremony yesterday, I was delighted to join Executive   …Continue Reading Newborn Screening: A Massachusetts Success Story for 50 Years

Tools and Resources to Successfully Quit Smoking Posted on Nov 20

Tomorrow is the Great American Smokeout, a day that’s meant to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit – for themselves and their families.  If you or someone you love is a smoker but wants to quit, there is no better time than the   …Continue Reading Tools and Resources to Successfully Quit Smoking

Supporting Our Returning Veterans Posted on Nov 7

Veterans Day is an opportunity not only to honor the bravery and sacrifice of all of the men and women in our armed services, but to also to remember how important it is that these brave individuals receive our full support when they return to   …Continue Reading Supporting Our Returning Veterans

Working to Understand the Causes of Birth Defects Posted on Oct 21

One out of every 33 infants in the United States is born with a birth defect. And although birth defects are less common than other adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight or prematurity, they are still the leading cause of death in the   …Continue Reading Working to Understand the Causes of Birth Defects

A Helpful Resource for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families Posted on Sep 19

A Helpful Resource for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

One of the most significant and trying times in the life of any family is the decision to enter a loved one into a nursing home. Yet this is a situation which so many of our families face as time goes on. As you or   …Continue Reading A Helpful Resource for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

Promoting Safe Athletics for Our Student Athletes Posted on Sep 10

Promoting Safe Athletics for Our Student Athletes

Fall is just around the corner, and with it the beginning of a new school year – and the start of another sports season for our student athletes. Now’s a good time to take a few moments to provide an update on our efforts to   …Continue Reading Promoting Safe Athletics for Our Student Athletes

Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared Posted on Sep 3

Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared

Here in Massachusetts we’re no strangers to emergencies – just in the past few years we’ve  experienced everything from flooding and blizzards to hazardous materials incidents and water supply disruptions. Through it all, one thing we know for certain is that individuals, families and communities   …Continue Reading Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared

Another Tool in the Fight Against Tobacco Use Posted on Aug 15

In Massachusetts and across the country, communities are working hard together to reduce smoking rates and the real impacts of smoking-related illness and death on both our families and our health care system. This is a fight being waged on many fronts, and today, I’d   …Continue Reading Another Tool in the Fight Against Tobacco Use

Healthy Foods, Safe Foods: Working to Protect the Commonwealth’s Food Supply Posted on Aug 1

Healthy Foods, Safe Foods: Working to Protect the Commonwealth’s Food Supply

Ensuring the safety of our food supply is one of the key responsibilities of public health authorities at both the state and local levels all across the United States. With the recent news reports on an outbreak of foodborne illness in the Boston area, I   …Continue Reading Healthy Foods, Safe Foods: Working to Protect the Commonwealth’s Food Supply

Summer’s Here, and the Time Is Right – for Safety! Posted on Jul 25

Summer’s Here, and the Time Is Right – for Safety!

As the temperatures of the past few days have shown us, summer is definitely in full swing here in Massachusetts! Now’s the time to get out and enjoy – but also to keep in mind just a few simple steps to ensure this is a   …Continue Reading Summer’s Here, and the Time Is Right – for Safety!