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Highlights of the November 12th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 12

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured an informational presentation for Council members on current Department activities, a briefing on pending proposed amendments to existing regulations, and final votes on revisions to two existing regulation as well as the creation of a new   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Weekly Flu Report, November 7, 2014 Posted on Nov 7

This week’s flu report shows a slight increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state. We can expect these numbers to rise as flu season gets underway, so there is no time like the present to get vaccinated against the flu – it’s the   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 7, 2014

SANE: Providing Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault Posted on Nov 5

The Department of Public Health has worked for many years to prevent sexual violence and provide assistance to survivors through our Division of Injury Prevention.  But sadly, sexual assault—a crime of power and control— still happens all too frequently. Today I’m writing about the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading SANE: Providing Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Weekly Flu Report, October 31, 2014 Posted on Oct 31

Welcome to the “Flu Facts” section of the Department of Public Health blog. Every week from now until the end of flu season, you’ll see the latest weekly data on the impact of influenza in Massachusetts. The weekly report is designed to provide a snapshot   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 31, 2014

FOOD DAY? ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY? Posted on Oct 24

FOOD DAY?   ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY?

If you’re like me, and most other people, you celebrate food day each and every day. So, it’s natural to ask, “What’s the deal with Food Day?” It’s not a reminder to eat (yours truly has never needed a reminder!), but a chance to appreciate   …Continue Reading FOOD DAY? ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY?

Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke Posted on Oct 20

Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

Heart attack and stroke contribute to the 800,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease every year in the U.S. The burden to families and communities is devastating, and medical costs and lost productivity total nearly $1 billion per day. To address this crisis, the United States Department   …Continue Reading Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

Highlights of the October 8th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Oct 9

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured deliberations on two pending proposed amendments to existing regulations, and a pair of informational presentations for Council members on current Department initiatives and activities. First, Associate Commissioner Suzanne Condon provided an update on public comments received on a series of   …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 8th Public Health Council Meeting

Celebrating a Proud Partnership between the Massachusetts Legislature and the Patrick Administration Posted on Oct 9

Celebrating a Proud Partnership between the Massachusetts Legislature and the Patrick Administration

With the end of the 188th General Court’s formal legislative session on Beacon Hill, now is the time to look back and recognize the incredible legislative progress Massachusetts has made in the past two years in promoting public health in cities and towns across the   …Continue Reading Celebrating a Proud Partnership between the Massachusetts Legislature and the Patrick Administration

A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults Posted on Sep 24

A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

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

Get Vaccinated: Fight the Flu Posted on Sep 22

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