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Category Archives: Injury Prevention

Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention Posted on Mar 15

Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention held its annual Statehouse Day this week, highlighting the devastating impact of suicide on families and communities and thanking advocates for sharing their own heart-wrenching stories to bring attention to the issue in the Commonwealth. Among the speakers was   …Continue Reading Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens Posted on Mar 4

When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens

This coming weekend we move the clocks forward an hour for daylight savings time – losing an hour of sleep in the process. As we prepare to make that adjustment, now’s a good opportunity to think about the importance of sleep in our daily lives –   …Continue Reading When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens

Make Sure Infants Are Sleeping Safely Posted on Oct 23

Make Sure Infants Are Sleeping Safely

Each year, approximately 30-40 Massachusetts infants die due to sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), sometimes called SIDS. Research shows that many of these tragic deaths occur in sleep positions and environments that are unsafe. To prevent the risk of SUID, public health officials are rolling   …Continue Reading Make Sure Infants Are Sleeping Safely

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