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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

The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Innovative Next Step in Health Care Reform Posted on Jan 28

These are extraordinary times to work in public health in Massachusetts, as the Commonwealth leads the nation in the successful implementation of health care reform through innovation, collaboration, and hard work.  As a former front-line nurse and community advocate, it is exciting to see the   …Continue Reading The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Innovative Next Step in Health Care Reform

It’s Budget Week! Posted on Jan 23

As a nurse and long-time community advocate for HIV/AIDS patients, substance abuse treatment and the homeless, I can remember experiencing each of the annual Governor’s Budget announcements with great anticipation, anxiety and excitement. Then and now, I have always believed that our state budget truly   …Continue Reading It’s Budget Week!

DPH Recognized for National Health Leadership Posted on Jan 15

DPH Recognized for National Health Leadership

Here at the Department we’re proud of the hard work and dedication of all of our staff across the Commonwealth. And we’re not alone. Now the national magazine Health Leaders has named DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett and DPH Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Kristine Aznavoorian as   …Continue Reading DPH Recognized for National Health Leadership

Building Capacity at the Local Level to Respond to Emergencies Posted on Jan 9

In Massachusetts we’ve come to recognize and appreciate that when emergencies happen, our local communities band together to respond. And these community-level responses are exemplified by the work done by local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of   …Continue Reading Building Capacity at the Local Level to Respond to Emergencies

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