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Highlights of the June 18 Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jun 18

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured several Determination of Need (DoN) requests, a vote on final amendments to certain DoN regulations, and informational presentations on two current Department initiatives. First, the Council took up three DoN requests: a change of majority ownership interest   …Continue Reading Highlights of the June 18 Public Health Council Meeting

Providing a Supportive Environment for Students in Recovery Posted on Jun 17

Providing a Supportive Environment for Students in Recovery

Earlier this month, Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter hosted me for a wonderfully inspiring tour of Independence Academy, a DPH-funded Recovery High School located in his city. Since 2006, Massachusetts has been a leader in the development of these recovery high schools, which offer a safe,   …Continue Reading Providing a Supportive Environment for Students in Recovery

Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse Posted on Jun 11

Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse

On Tuesday I was delighted to join Governor Patrick to announce a series of concrete steps to address the opioid abuse epidemic in Massachusetts, focused on improving prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services across the Commonwealth. These actions are based on a series of findings and   …Continue Reading Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse

World “No Tobacco Day” Posted on May 30

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 to highlight the fact that tobacco use is deadly and that there are effective policies that reduce consumption. This year for World No Tobacco Day,   …Continue Reading World “No Tobacco Day”

Improving Construction Worker Safety by Preventing Falls Posted on May 28

Improving Construction Worker Safety by Preventing Falls

Did you know that construction is among the largest sectors in our state economy? Chances are that you probably know someone who works in this vitally important field. And even if not, your life has been has been touched by what construction workers do —   …Continue Reading Improving Construction Worker Safety by Preventing Falls

A Groundbreaking Look at the Health Needs of People with Disabilities Posted on May 27

When it comes to addressing inequities in health care services and outcomes, information truly is power. Recently the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) partnered on a groundbreaking assessment of the health needs of people with disabilities in   …Continue Reading A Groundbreaking Look at the Health Needs of People with Disabilities

A Commitment to LGBTQ Health Care Equity Posted on May 16

Ten years ago this week, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It was a historic moment for the Commonwealth and a groundbreaking achievement in the advancement of equal rights for gay, lesbian and bisexual people   …Continue Reading A Commitment to LGBTQ Health Care Equity

Weekly Flu Report, May 16, 2014 Posted on May 16

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness ticked up slightly from the previous week. We can expect to see fluctuations like this in the coming weeks as we head further into spring.

Massachusetts: A National Leader in Food Allergy Awareness Posted on May 15

This week is National Food Allergy Awareness Week, an opportunity to spread the word about the potential health impacts of food allergens. In Massachusetts, we’re proud of our status as a leader in educating both restaurant workers and consumers about food allergies. Here’s why. In   …Continue Reading Massachusetts: A National Leader in Food Allergy Awareness