The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is committed to the “Whole Community” approach to emergency management which was initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2011, when FEMA recognized the need for a collective effort on the part of the private sector, community organizations, faith-based organizations, the general public, non-profits, schools, state, local, tribal governments, and others to plan for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.
One aspect of whole community planning involves integrating planning for individuals with access and functions needs in an inclusive manner. As we plan for preparedness we need to think about our own individual needs; those of our family; and those of our community. Everyone has distinct needs and abilities so preparedness plans should be unique too. By thinking about your own situation and that of your family and your neighbors too, everyone can be better prepared for an emergency event.
To learn more about planning for individuals with access and functional needs visit mass.gov/dph/ready. And to see an example of whole community planning in action, take a look at the work of the Boston Health Resilience Network here:
Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults posted on Sep 22
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
Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained posted on Sep 20
When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained
Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14
The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting