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:
DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15
Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse
A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community posted on Apr 14
When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community
Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Apr 9
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a series of Determination of Need (DON) requests, followed by a set of three of informational presentations on pending amendments to regulations. The Council took up deliberations for a series of three Determination of Need requests, …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting