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Some Surprisingly Good News about Primary Care in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 28

Some Surprisingly Good News about Primary Care in Massachusetts

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   In April 2008 the New York Times ran a story about the strain on primary care in Massachusetts caused by health care reform.  Other headlines called the Massachusetts primary care problem ‘a crisis.’    …Continue Reading Some Surprisingly Good News about Primary Care in Massachusetts

Celebrating 20 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act Posted on Jul 26

Celebrating 20 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   Today, I was honored to participate in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), at a celebration in Boston Common sponsored by the New England ADA   …Continue Reading Celebrating 20 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

It takes a village…to reduce health disparities among children and ensure their wellness Posted on Jul 8

It takes a village…to reduce health disparities among children and ensure their wellness

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   Improving wellness and quality of health care for every resident in the Commonwealth is a top priority for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. To that end, the Patrick-Murray Administration has   …Continue Reading It takes a village…to reduce health disparities among children and ensure their wellness

Improving services to Health and Human Services clients through HHS Centers Posted on Jun 29

Improving services to Health and Human Services clients through HHS Centers

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   It’s an exciting day for HHS staff in Hyannis and for the entire Office of Health and Human Services.  Earlier today, I attended the official grand opening of the Hyannis Health and Human   …Continue Reading Improving services to Health and Human Services clients through HHS Centers

Now Is the Time to Embrace Your Future Posted on May 20

Now Is the Time to Embrace Your Future

Posted by: Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann L. Hartstein Many of us grew up with the conventional wisdom that we need to think about the future and are familiar with the Aesop’s Fable about the ant and the grasshopper.  As the fable goes, the industrious   …Continue Reading Now Is the Time to Embrace Your Future

A Time for Change, A Time for Recognition: National Foster Care Month Posted on May 13

A Time for Change, A Time for Recognition: National Foster Care Month

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   Signs of springtime tell us that change is in the air in New England.  After months of bare trees, cold temperatures and short days, signs of vibrant, warm life are returning.      For   …Continue Reading A Time for Change, A Time for Recognition: National Foster Care Month

Remembering Older Moms on Mother’s Day Posted on May 7

Remembering Older Moms on Mother’s Day

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   I’m lucky to be able to spend a lot of time with my mother because she lives close by.  Not everyone is so fortunate, though, as I was reminded by a blog post   …Continue Reading Remembering Older Moms on Mother’s Day

Watering down what we take for granted Posted on May 6

Watering down what we take for granted

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   This week’s water main break and response underscored a fundamental, universal point: we’re very lucky that in this country most residents have access to basic necessities – clean air, sufficient food supply, clean   …Continue Reading Watering down what we take for granted

Measuring Results in Our Daily Work – Reflections from substance abuse recovery centers around the state Posted on Apr 12

Measuring Results in Our Daily Work – Reflections from substance abuse recovery centers around the state

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   You may have already seen the new link for EHSResults on the Executive Office of Health and Human Services website. EHS Results addresses one of my top priorities: increasing transparency in how Health   …Continue Reading Measuring Results in Our Daily Work – Reflections from substance abuse recovery centers around the state