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, 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