Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released the comprehensive "Health of Massachusetts". This new report represents a major leap forward in our ability to provide useful data on the health of Massachusetts residents, in an easy-to-understand and accessible format. For the first time, we have coupled statistical information with policy perspectives from some of the leading experts in the field of public health, allowing for greater context in understanding the broad issues we face.
The report reflects the dedication and commitment of state and local public health departments across Massachusetts, and the community partnerships that sustain these efforts. The data form the basis of all of these activities, and help us identify our priorities and target our efforts.
Starting next week, we will post key findings and information from one of the fourteen chapters on topics ranging from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use to wellness and chronic disease. In the meantime, you can read the full report on our website at: www.mass.gov/dph/healthofmassachusetts.
HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES? posted on Sep 19
This is a rough time of year for someone like me, as I try desperately to hold onto summer for as long as possible. I bristle at each and every reference to Labor Day, which now apparently serves as the bellwether of summer’s demise (it …Continue Reading HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?
Goodbye berries, Hello Apples! posted on Sep 18
Saying farewell to summer fruits and vegetables can be hard. But, once you remember all of the delicious produce that the autumn harvest brings, the season just gets better and better. Apples are one of my favorite fruits of the fall. There are many varieties …Continue Reading Goodbye berries, Hello Apples!
Highlights of the September 17th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 17
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of three Determination of Need (DoN) requests, a status update on draft regulations related to immunizations, and two informational presentations on two key Department initiatives. The Council first took up a Determination of Need application with …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 17th Public Health Council Meeting