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:
Weekly Flu Report, February 12, 2016 posted on Feb 12
Rates of flu-like illness continued to climb over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. This is consistent with what we typically see at this point of flu season in years past. And if prior flu seasons are any indication, we can …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 12, 2016
Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier! posted on Feb 11
I used to think that Halloween through New Year’s was the hardest time of the year to stick to my goal of eating healthfully, considering leftover candy from trick or treating, Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties and gatherings—the list goes on and on. By the time …Continue Reading Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!
Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Feb 10
This month’s Public Health Council meeting featured a series of presentations and discussions on proposed amendments to regulations, followed by informational updates on select Department initiatives. First the Council received updates from the Department on the status of proposed amendments to regulations related to: Safety Requirement for …Continue Reading Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting