What do health departments, public safety, community and economic development, transportation departments, and schools have to do with each other?When it comes to a healthy environment, the answer is simple: everything! A lot of work goes into creating a healthy environment, and it takes more …Continue Reading Making Changes That Make It Easier for People to Make Healthy Choices
Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Returning from war and readjusting to civilian life is no easy task. For veterans and their families, both physical and mental health challenges are great, and navigating the complex systems of …Continue Reading Partnering with Veterans’ Services to Support Veterans & Their Families
When Massachusetts passed its smoke-free workplace law in 2006, most residents saw their exposure to secondhand smoke all but disappear. But that’s not true for everyone. People who live in multi-unit housing, including apartment buildings and elderly housing, still face an elevated risk of exposure. …Continue Reading Smoke-Free Housing Becoming More Popular in MA Communities
Proximity of transportation can have a major impact on people’s health for better or worse. Having easy access to transportation is an important benefit to people, but proximity can work against health as well—it can impede quality of life in a number of ways, including …Continue Reading Partnering with the Department of Transportation to Improve Health
Those of us interested in public health have long understood that prevention is key to keeping people healthy and therefore reducing health care costs. As part of the landmark Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the National Prevention Strategy was developed, and for the first …Continue Reading Improving Health and Reducing Health Care Costs through the National Prevention Strategy
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