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Tapping Into Social Media to Help Teens Recognize Workplace Safety Posted on Apr 8

Tapping Into Social Media to Help Teens Recognize Workplace Safety

On behalf of DPH and the many partners involved, congratulations to the teen winners and finalists of the 5th annual Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest! Last month’s award ceremony at the State House was inspiring as always. Seeing finalists and their families come together   …Continue Reading Tapping Into Social Media to Help Teens Recognize Workplace Safety

Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, April 8, 2015 Posted on Apr 8

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a vote on one Determination of Need request and several informational presentations related to DPH initiatives and proposed regulations. First, the Council took up a request from Steward St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston for a significant   …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, April 8, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, April 3, 2015 Posted on Apr 3

This week’s flu report shows a slight 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 3, 2015

Workplace Poisonings Are Preventable – Know Your Rights! Posted on Apr 2

Workplace Poisonings Are Preventable – Know Your Rights!

“Many of the most serious hazards are the Silent Killers – the ones we can’t see…. American workers use tens of thousands of chemicals every day. While many of these chemicals are known or suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in   …Continue Reading Workplace Poisonings Are Preventable – Know Your Rights!

Working to Eliminate Health Disparities Among LGBT People Posted on Mar 27

This week marks the commemoration of National LGBT Health Awareness Week. At DPH this is not only an occasion to celebrate the strides that we as a Commonwealth have made in reducing disparities in health care and health outcomes among people who identify as lesbian,   …Continue Reading Working to Eliminate Health Disparities Among LGBT People

Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015 Posted on Mar 27

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth over the past seven days, which is consistent with what we would expect to see at this point of flu season. Flu does however continue to be present   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015

A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History Posted on Mar 24

A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History

Last week I was thrilled to join so many dedicated young people from all across the Commonwealth at my first Kick Butts Day at the State House. Kick Butts Day is an event that focuses on raising awareness on the dangers of tobacco–and how young   …Continue Reading A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History

Weekly Flu Report, March 20, 2015 Posted on Mar 20

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness increased slightly in the past seven days, following several weeks of declining numbers. This is in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu, and is an indication that flu continues to spread in our   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 20, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, February 27, 2015 Posted on Feb 27

The latest weekly flu report shows another drop in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. Even as these rates decline, it’s still fair to say that flu continues to circulate – which is why it’s so important to do what   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 27, 2015

Joining the Conversation on Public Health Posted on Feb 24

Joining the Conversation on Public Health

As a physician working in the Commonwealth over the past twenty years, I’ve seen the groundbreaking – and lifesaving – role that the Department of Public Health has played on the front lines of protecting the well-being of all Massachusetts residents. It is an incredible   …Continue Reading Joining the Conversation on Public Health