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Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention Posted on Mar 15

Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention held its annual Statehouse Day this week, highlighting the devastating impact of suicide on families and communities and thanking advocates for sharing their own heart-wrenching stories to bring attention to the issue in the Commonwealth. Among the speakers was   …Continue Reading Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

Putting the Focus on Teen Worker Safety in Massachusetts Posted on Mar 14

Putting the Focus on Teen Worker Safety in Massachusetts

For many teens in Massachusetts and elsewhere, having a job is an invaluable way to gain real-life work experience, explore different career paths, and make money for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, though, many teens across the U.S. are injured on the job. In fact,   …Continue Reading Putting the Focus on Teen Worker Safety in Massachusetts

Highlights of the March 13th Public Health Council Posted on Mar 13

The March monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates from DPH leadership on various public health issues and initiatives. First, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH presented new findings to the Council from our ongoing public health data warehouse/Chapter   …Continue Reading Highlights of the March 13th Public Health Council

When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens Posted on Mar 4

When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens

This coming weekend we move the clocks forward an hour for daylight savings time – losing an hour of sleep in the process. As we prepare to make that adjustment, now’s a good opportunity to think about the importance of sleep in our daily lives –   …Continue Reading When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens

Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH Posted on Mar 1

Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH

Hundreds of public health professionals, representatives of community-based organizations and municipal government, and prevention advocates will gather in Worcester next month for the statewide Ounce of Prevention conference, hosted annually by the Department of Public Health. The conference, marking DPH’s 150th year, takes place April   …Continue Reading Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH

Looking for the Latest Weekly Flu Report? Posted on Feb 15

The DPH Weekly Flu Report can now be found on this DPH web page – please be sure to bookmark for future reference. If you’re looking for any Weekly Flu Report prior to February 15th, 2019, please see previous Weekly Flu Report posts here on   …Continue Reading Looking for the Latest Weekly Flu Report?

Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships Posted on Feb 13

Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships

Did you know: 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a dating partner? February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and it’s a good time to remind teenagers how to recognize the signs   …Continue Reading Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships

Highlights of the February 13th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Feb 13

The February monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included an informational briefing on the status of proposed amendments to regulations, followed by a pair of informational updates from DPH staff on departmental activities. First, the Council heard an update on the status of proposed amendments   …Continue Reading Highlights of the February 13th Public Health Council Meeting

Weekly Flu Report, February 8, 2019 Posted on Feb 8

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness declined very slightly over the course of the past seven days. It’s too soon to tell if we have seen the peak of flu season, and in fact, we can expect flu to continue to   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 8, 2019

Weekly Flu Report, February 1, 2019 Posted on Feb 1

The latest weekly flu report indicates a rise in rates of flu-like illness over the past seven days. If you have not gotten a flu shot, there is still time to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. Flu vaccine remains available in communities across   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 1, 2019