This September 11th marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC, and in the air over Pennsylvania. It also marks the fifth year that a National Day of Service and Remembrance has honored the lives of those who were injured or lost, and commemorates the spirit of kindness and generosity that moved many of us to want to help during the weeks and months that followed.
A number of volunteer and service organizations were established following the events of September 2001 , many from the realization that an effective response to a disaster or other event requires that volunteers be registered, pre-credentialed, and deployed through a coordinated effort.
One such organization is MA Responds, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s online registration system for health volunteers. MA Responds is part of a nationwide effort to quickly identify, verify and mobilize volunteers for effective response. This system is a partnership between DPH, local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units, and other volunteer organizations in Massachusetts. Registering with MA Responds is the gateway to volunteering for public health events in the Commonwealth. Get involved yourself by visiting maresponds.org. And in the meantime, here’s a look at the great work of one MA Responds MRC unit:
Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18
We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists! But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list: …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting