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Weekly Flu Report, November 25, 2016 Posted on Nov 25

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness continue to be low in Massachusetts. There is still time to get protected against the flu this season by getting a flu shot. You can find flu vaccination opportunities by calling your health care provider,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 25, 2016

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word Posted on Nov 15

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word

The latest data show that women in Massachusetts are much less likely to obtain oral health care during pregnancy than before pregnancy. That’s a trend that the Department and our partners in the provider community are working to reverse. Earlier this year DPH released the   …Continue Reading Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word

Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Posted on Oct 26

Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This week the DPH Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.   Substantial gains have been made in preventing exposure to lead through 45 years of public health interventions.  Despite   …Continue Reading Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Shifting the Paradigm: Infusing Public Health into the Determination of Need Process Posted on Oct 6

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently proposed a revision of DPH’s Determination of Need (DoN) regulations.  At the highest level, this proposed revision represents a paradigm shift to a streamlined and retooled process that puts public health at its core. In support of   …Continue Reading Shifting the Paradigm: Infusing Public Health into the Determination of Need Process

Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults Posted on Sep 22

Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge.  In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries.  These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014,   …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces Posted on Jul 18

Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces

Wellness programs are good for business. They can lead to better performing workers, lower absenteeism and decreased healthcare and insurance costs. Now, small businesses can be rewarded for these efforts! The Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive gives small businesses in Massachusetts a state tax credit   …Continue Reading Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces

Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That! Posted on Jul 13

Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That!

The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT) is helping us understand more about the relationship between children’s health and the environment.  The environment affects children differently than adults.  Because their bodies are still growing, children are at greater risk if they are exposed to   …Continue Reading Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That!

Community Design: We Track That! Posted on Jul 12

Community design refers to all the elements of a community that are human-made and form the physical characteristics of that community.  This includes buildings (schools, workplaces, and homes), roads, parks, recreation areas and transportation systems. The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT) contains data   …Continue Reading Community Design: We Track That!

Weekly Flu Report, April 15, 2016 Posted on Apr 15

Rates of flu-like illness dropped again in Massachusetts over the course of the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. Flu vaccination opportunities are still available in your community – call your health care provider or local board of health, or visit a pharmacy near   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 15, 2016

Weekly Flu Report, March 25, 2016 Posted on Mar 25

Rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts dropped over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. Even so, we can expect to continue to see flu circulating in our communities well into spring. If you have yet to get a flu shot, there   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 25, 2016