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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.

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