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Falls Injuries in Older Adults: Serious, Widespread – and Preventable Posted on Sep 19

Falls Injuries in Older Adults: Serious, Widespread – and Preventable

Posted by Carlene Pavlos, Director of the Division of Violence and Injury Prevention. Every year in America, one out of three people age 65 or older experiences a fall – and in Massachusetts, falls are the leading cause of injury death for this population. These   …Continue Reading Falls Injuries in Older Adults: Serious, Widespread – and Preventable

Prevent Whooping Cough – Get Vaccinated Posted on Aug 16

Prevent Whooping Cough – Get Vaccinated

 Posted by Donna Lazorik, RN, MS. Donna is the Immunization Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a respiratory illness that spreads easily from person to person by coughing or   …Continue Reading Prevent Whooping Cough – Get Vaccinated

Understanding More About Aerial Spraying Posted on Aug 2

Understanding More About Aerial Spraying

   Posted by:  Dr. Catherine Brown, State Public Health Veterinarian Last week, I gave a presentation to a group of environmental advocates about the recent aerial spraying of pesticides in parts of Southeastern Massachusetts. I wanted a chance to explain the science behind the decision   …Continue Reading Understanding More About Aerial Spraying

Personal Protection Important in Preventing Mosquito Bites Posted on Jul 27

Personal Protection Important in Preventing Mosquito Bites

   Posted by:  Dr. Catherine Brown, State Public Health Veterinarian Last week, state officials made the decision to conduct aerial spraying of pesticides in parts of Southeastern Massachusetts after detecting several Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquito samples in that area. The spraying took place   …Continue Reading Personal Protection Important in Preventing Mosquito Bites

Weekly Flu Report, May 18th, 2012 Posted on May 18

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_5-18-12  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_5-18-12 This week's flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have dropped slightly since last week, as measured on a geographic basis. The report itself can be viewed or downloaded via either of the hyperlinks above.

Join the Dialogue on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Posted on Apr 2

Join the Dialogue on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Posted by Marci Diamond, Director of the DPH Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services Unit.  Sexual violence is everyone’s issue: in fact, a new national study found that one in three women and one in five men in Massachusetts have experienced sexual violence, typically starting at a   …Continue Reading Join the Dialogue on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Working Together to Bring an End to Violence Against Women Posted on Feb 27

Working Together to Bring an End to Violence Against Women

Posted by Mark Bergeron-Naper, DPH Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services Violence against women is a major public health issue – and everyone has an important role to play in stopping it. On March 1st at the State House, Governor Patrick and DPH Commissioner John   …Continue Reading Working Together to Bring an End to Violence Against Women

Celebrate the Role of Rural Health Services in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 17

Celebrate the Role of Rural Health Services in Massachusetts

Posted by Cathleen McElligott, MS, RD. Cathleen is the Director of the State Office of Rural Health in the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. From the Cape and Islands all the way to the Berkshires, rural healthcare   …Continue Reading Celebrate the Role of Rural Health Services in Massachusetts

Feedback Posted on Jun 28

Thanks for visiting our feedback post! We want this blog to be as relevant and helpful to you as possible, so we welcome constructive input.  We’ll work hard to cover a wide variety of topics related to state government and the public services provided by   …Continue Reading Feedback

Safer Workplaces for Youth This Summer Posted on May 10

Safer Workplaces for Youth This Summer

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Here's the winning entry for the 2011 Safe Jobs For Youth poster contest. Congrats to artist Jane Adams, age 16, Hingham High School!   Every year, around 800 young people   …Continue Reading Safer Workplaces for Youth This Summer