Chapter five of the “Health of Massachusetts” looks at the health and well-being of the mothers, infants, and children of the Commonwealth. Specifically, we present information on the changing demographics of those being born in Massachusetts, statewide maternal and infant health characteristics, and the use of services such as prenatal care, fertility treatments, and the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition program.
All of the data on birth, fetal deaths, and infant deaths in Massachusetts is collected by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. This information, along with data from statewide maternal and child health programs and surveillance systems, is essential for surveillance, research, and creating public health programs, policies, and interventions.
We can see from this data that health outcomes for women, infants, and children in Massachusetts compares quite favorably with those of the rest of the country. Massachusetts has infant mortality and teen birth rates that are among the lowest in the country. However, certain health issues have not seen improvement and substantial differences still exist in many areas.
Learn more on our website at: www.mass.gov/dph/healthofmassachusetts.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014