Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Hearty DPH congratulations go out to our partners in the cities of Cambridge and Fall River, who today received the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize. Kudos also go out to the city of Somerville for being named a finalist in the competition. The Roadmaps to Health prize honors community partnerships across the nation which are helping people live healthier lives. You can learn more about the Roadmaps to Health prize here.
In receiving these honors, Cambridge and Fall River show that Massachusetts is leading the nation in communities making changes at the local level. Today’s news is especially significant when you consider the Foundation awarded only six Roadmaps to Health prizes in the entire United States! You can read more about the exciting work underway in Cambridge here, and in Fall River here.
The extra good news is that these two cities are not alone in their commitment to creating positive change at the local level. They’re joined by 50 other Mass in Motion communities working together to make the healthy choice the easy choice in Massachusetts. Mass in Motion is a statewide network of communities providing residents with opportunities to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. Learn more about Mass in Motion here.
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!