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When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind Posted on Jan 24

When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind

When a friend or loved one is suicidal, self-care often becomes an afterthought. In that moment of crisis, priorities change, focus shifts, and everything becomes about doing anything and everything possible to get that person the help they need. This shifting of focus and priorities   …Continue Reading When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind

Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides Posted on Nov 28

Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

Do you or someone you love use the services of a home care aide?  Nearly 50,000 people—mostly women—work in this growing occupation in Massachusetts.  You may be surprised to learn that recent data show that home care aides are twice as likely to have asthma   …Continue Reading Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education Posted on Feb 25

Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a long history of promoting policies and practices that support health and safety in early care and education settings. Recently the Department unveiled an updated Health and Safety in Child Care website, to serve as a clearinghouse of   …Continue Reading Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education

Highlights of the May 13th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on May 13

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates and presentations from various DPH programs. First, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management Director Mary Clark provided an overview of DPH’s activities to support the health and medical aspects of the   …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 13th Public Health Council Meeting

State Health Plan Looks at Capacity of Behavioral Health Care System Posted on Jan 14

Last month, the Health Planning Council voted to approve the first section of the State Health Plan, which looks at behavioral health. The Health Planning Council was established by Chapter 224, a 2012 law that includes a variety of initiatives aimed at controlling health care   …Continue Reading State Health Plan Looks at Capacity of Behavioral Health Care System

Helping Patients with Serious Advancing Illness Make Informed Decisions Posted on Jan 8

Discussions and decisions about care at the end of one’s life are some of the most difficult, but most important, that a patient can have. Health care providers play an important role in helping patients and families confront serious advancing illnesses. Massachusetts’ 2012 health reform   …Continue Reading Helping Patients with Serious Advancing Illness Make Informed Decisions