This is the first of a series of posts which will explore the wide variety of information in the recently-released DPH report "Health of Massachusetts." The first chapter explores who we are as residents of Massachusetts – how many are we, what do we do for work, how old are we, and much more. All of these factors play an important role in understanding what makes us healthy.
In terms of its population, Massachusetts has several characteristics that support a healthy community. We are incredibly educated – we have the highest percentage of college graduates in the country. In sheer dollars and cents, we make more than most of our fellow Americans. We are rich in diversity with 25% of residents being immigrants or racial minorities or both.
Demographic information also helps us plan for the public health and medical systems of tomorrow. We must be aware of aging and disabled populations, the unemployed, and the thousands of people who speak different languages.
For a better understanding of the demographic breakdown of Massachusetts, read more in Chapter 1 of "Health of Massachusetts" at www.mass.gov/dph/healthofmassachusetts. And be sure to watch this space for more details from the report in the days and weeks to follow.
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
Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Apr 9
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a series of Determination of Need (DON) requests, followed by a set of three of informational presentations on pending amendments to regulations. The Council took up deliberations for a series of three Determination of Need requests, …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting