Chapter two of the "Health of Massachusetts" takes a closer look at the various factors in our communities that influence how healthy we are. These factors are sometimes called "community assets", and they can range from the number of doctors in your area, to whether or not you have access to public parks and sidewalks, to the availability of healthy food choices in nearby grocery stores and restaurants.
Taking stock of each of these assets in local communities is a powerful first step for residents. By doing so, people can begin to work together to create change on the ground in their community — to continue to develop these resources, improve the health of themselves and their families, and reduce health disparities across the Commonwealth.
This chapter provides a snapshot of numerous issues related to community assets across the six geographical regions of the state. Specifically, we look at health care infrastructure (with an emphasis on the distribution of services) and community infrastructure (with an emphasis on assets that encourage healthy eating and active living.)
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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