This week, we received more good news about the new H1N1 vaccine that's currently being tested. It now appears that children aged 10 to 17 years of age may only require one dose of the H1N1 vaccine, as opposed to the originally expected two doses. The final recommendations for this age group will be released in the coming weeks.
In addition, the CDC has released an H1N1 preparation guide for Community and Faith Based Organizations.People often turn to these groups for information and support, which gives these organizations the unique ability to connect with a wide variety of people and provide them with the information and resources they need. The guide contains information on how to communicate effectively with community members; how to help vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations; ideas on how to partner with local governments to assist in vaccine distribution, and how to adjust activities in ways that will help protect people from the flu.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month posted on Oct 17
Many women experiencing domestic violence suffer in silence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the opportunity to shine the light on a public health issue impacting millions of people in America. Women experiencing domestic violence no longer need to suffer in silence; always remember …Continue Reading Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study posted on Oct 12
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health invites local health officials to attend an October 17th workshop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The workshop is focused on an important environmental health study evaluating how Massachusetts residents are exposed to toxic chemicals. The workshop will describe …Continue Reading Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study
Shifting the Paradigm: Infusing Public Health into the Determination of Need Process posted on Oct 6
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently proposed a revision of DPH’s Determination of Need (DoN) regulations. At the highest level, this proposed revision represents a paradigm shift to a streamlined and retooled process that puts public health at its core. In support of …Continue Reading Shifting the Paradigm: Infusing Public Health into the Determination of Need Process