Each year in the United States, one out of every three adults age 65 and over experiences a fall. And in Massachusetts, every 13 minutes (on average) an older adult requires treatment in an emergency room for fall-related injuries. The human toll of these injuries …Continue Reading A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
September means back to school, football, and foliage. But it also means time for your annual flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available, and continue throughout the …Continue Reading Get Vaccinated: Fight the Flu
This is a rough time of year for someone like me, as I try desperately to hold onto summer for as long as possible. I bristle at each and every reference to Labor Day, which now apparently serves as the bellwether of summer’s demise (it …Continue Reading HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of three Determination of Need (DoN) requests, a status update on draft regulations related to immunizations, and two informational presentations on two key Department initiatives. The Council first took up a Determination of Need application with …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 17th Public Health Council Meeting
Governor Patrick recently signed into law An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence, reforming the state’s gun lawsin an effort to reduce gun violence and create safer and healthier communities across the Commonwealth. These newly enacted provisions are focused on four key areas: …Continue Reading Partnering with the Legislature to Prevent Suicides and Save Lives
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is committed to the “Whole Community” approach to emergency management which was initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2011, when FEMA recognized the need for a collective effort on the part of the private sector, community …Continue Reading Together We’re Ready: Considerations for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs
I don’t love working out. Physical activity is not something I crave, it’s something I have to make myself do. It’s always been a struggle for me to keep active, but throughout my life I’ve found things that worked for me: high school sports, going …Continue Reading Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me
This September 11th marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC, and in the air over Pennsylvania. It also marks the sixth year that a National Day of Service and Remembrance has honored the lives of those who were injured …Continue Reading Together We’re Ready: Get Involved – Join the Response!
I recently had the distinct pleasure of helping the Massachusetts Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program celebrate its 40th anniversary at a gala event at the State House. So it seems there’s no time like the present to take a few moments to look …Continue Reading Mass WIC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary!
Being prepared takes more than any one single action; it’s the result of many collective actions that lead to preparedness. Similar to other ‘I should do things,’ when facing a demanding task many of us choose to do nothing at all with an excuse that …Continue Reading Together We’re Ready: Individual and Family Preparedness