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.
Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014 posted on Nov 21
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Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014 posted on Nov 17
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