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, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014