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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

Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education Posted on Feb 25

Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education

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

Weekly Flu Report, December 24, 2015 Posted on Dec 27

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

The Data Confirms It: Seatbelts Really Do Save Lives Posted on Dec 17

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

Weekly Flu Report, November 27, 2015 Posted on Nov 27

Rates of flu-like illness remain at low levels in the Commonwealth, according to the latest weekly flu report. We can expect these numbers to rise in the weeks and months ahead, however, so now’s the time to get your flu shot if you haven’t done   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 27, 2015

Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting Posted on Nov 23

Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting

“Since passage of the Massachusetts Act to Relative to Needlestick Injury Prevention, measurable progress has been made, but significant work remains in our efforts to eradicate preventable sharps injuries. Unfortunately, healthcare workers continue to bear the brunt of the burden of these potentially life-changing exposures.    …Continue Reading Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting