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, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014
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