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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

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