This post is highlighting the final chapter – “Mortality” – from the "Health of Massachusetts," a comprehensive report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
In 1841, Massachusetts became the first state to mandate the registration of births and deaths, known as “vital statistics”. Today, death certificates record cause of death, as well as age, race, gender, level of education, marital status, and occupation. This information helps us understand the impact of mortality, monitor long-term mortality trends in the Commonwealth, identify groups at greatest risk of death from diseases and injuries, and design and implement programs. In addition, variations in death rates may also reflect differences in socio-economic status, access to health care, or geography.
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