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
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
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.
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
Recently I had the great pleasure of gathering together with nearly 200 community partners and organizations from across the Commonwealth for the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute. The annual Action Institute is hosted by DPH and is an opportunity for Mass in Motion programs and …Continue Reading News from the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute
As you may be aware, this week is National Nurses Week — an opportunity to recognize the vitally important role that nurses play in a myriad of settings in our communities. The decision to pursue nursing as a profession and a calling is unique to …Continue Reading Honoring Our Nurses
The DPH Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPEM) is pleased to announce the release of Show Me for Emergencies, an innovative, interactive mobile app that will enhance communication between public health and emergency management personnel and individuals with communication challenges across a variety of emergency …Continue Reading A Groundbreaking Mobile App for Communicating During Emergencies
Cities and towns across Massachusetts are grappling with the devastating impact of an opiate addiction epidemic. In recognition of this crisis, Governor Patrick has declared opiate abuse as a public health emergency and has unveiled a comprehensive strategy to address the issue on a wide …Continue Reading An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction
The village market’s teeming, once again with lively folk, as New England’s hardy souls are loosed from winter’s yoke.* If you’re like me, you felt as though winter would never end. And for those who relish wintertime, perhaps even they had a little too much …Continue Reading Coming to a Farmers’ Market Near You — Fresh, Local Produce!
This week’s flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness dipped slightly as compared to last week’s data. Flu season is not over yet, though, and we can expect to continue to see some level of flu activity as we get further into spring.