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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

Weekly Flu Report, February 20, 2015 Posted on Feb 20

The latest weekly flu report shows a decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts. Flu season can be expected to continue for a while longer, so if you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet it’s not too late. In the meantime, there are steps   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 20, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, February 6, 2015 Posted on Feb 6

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth over the past 7 days. It’s too soon to say whether this is a temporary drop or if we may have seen the peak of flu season – time   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 6, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, January 30, 2015 Posted on Jan 30

The latest weekly flu report shows another increase in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth, a sign that flu season is in full swing in this part of the country. You can take steps to reduce the spread of flu in our communities through   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 30, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015 Posted on Jan 23

The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness during the past seven days. Flu season is certainly here in New England – but there are some simple, common-sense steps that you can take to keep from getting or spreading the   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015

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

Weekly Flu Report, January 2, 2015 Posted on Jan 2

The first weekly flu report of the New Year shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness and other indicators since last week’s edition. This is to be expected at this time of year in New England – where flu season doesn’t tend to peak until February or even   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 2, 2015