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Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities Posted on Aug 11

Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities

“The RLC started as a place to go when I was living on the street. Then – once I had a place to live, had reconnected with family, and had gotten other parts of my life back on track – it became a place to   …Continue Reading Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities

Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health Posted on Jun 16

Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health

Wait a minute!  That sounds like a teenager’s excuse for a messy room.  But a closer look reveals that cleaning may create new hazards while it eliminates dust, deodorizes diaper pails, and makes food preparation safer. This is a time of year when we think   …Continue Reading Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health

Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, April 8, 2015 Posted on Apr 8

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a vote on one Determination of Need request and several informational presentations related to DPH initiatives and proposed regulations. First, the Council took up a request from Steward St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston for a significant   …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, April 8, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015 Posted on Mar 27

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth over the past seven days, which is consistent with what we would expect to see at this point of flu season. Flu does however continue to be present   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015 Posted on Jan 23

The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness during the past seven days. Flu season is certainly here in New England – but there are some simple, common-sense steps that you can take to keep from getting or spreading the   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, January 16, 2015 Posted on Jan 16

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decline in rates of flu-like illness over the past seven days. But flu is unpredictable, and we know from past years that flu season won’t likely peak in Massachusetts until February or March – so there’s still   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 16, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, January 9, 2015 Posted on Jan 9

The latest weekly flu report  shows a slight decrease in the rate of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth during the past week. But flu season is far from over, and there is still time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 9, 2015

Highlights of the November 12th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 12

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured an informational presentation for Council members on current Department activities, a briefing on pending proposed amendments to existing regulations, and final votes on revisions to two existing regulation as well as the creation of a new   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the October 8th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Oct 9

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured deliberations on two pending proposed amendments to existing regulations, and a pair of informational presentations for Council members on current Department initiatives and activities. First, Associate Commissioner Suzanne Condon provided an update on public comments received on a series of   …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 8th Public Health Council Meeting

Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens Posted on Sep 3

Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens

School is back in session, which can be a stressful time for teens and parents alike. The transition from a more relaxed summer schedule to a new school year, filled with new faces, homework and more scheduled activities, can bring about a mix of anxiety,   …Continue Reading Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens