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
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
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
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 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!
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
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
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a long history of promoting policies and practices that support health and safety in early care and education settings. Recently the Department unveiled an updated Health and Safety in Child Care website, to serve as a clearinghouse of …Continue Reading Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education
Rates of flu-like illness across the Commonwealth remain low according to the latest flu report. Nevertheless, flu will likely pick up in the New Year so make sure you and your loved ones start 2016 fully vaccinated against the flu. There is plenty of vaccine still …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 24, 2015
Did you know that there are over 100,000 motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts every year and that people are injured in nearly 40,000 of these crashes? Motor vehicle crashes are everyday tragedies that can change lives in a matter of seconds. Wearing a seat belt …Continue Reading The Data Confirms It: Seatbelts Really Do Save Lives
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