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Ensuring a Safe and Delicious Seafood Harvest in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 31

Last weekend I was delighted to join thousands of fellow seafood fans at the Boston Seafood Festival – an annual event which celebrates the bounty of the New England seafood economy. This year I was honored to appear at the opening ceremony at the gracious   …Continue Reading Ensuring a Safe and Delicious Seafood Harvest in Massachusetts

Kids with Asthma Can Be Active in Summer! Posted on Jul 24

Summer in New England is a brief but glorious time when many families experience a change in pace as schools let out and activities slow. Weeks that were once packed with classes, homework and practice are suddenly open for new activities. Whether these include summer   …Continue Reading Kids with Asthma Can Be Active in Summer!

Highlights of the July 16 Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jul 16

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured discussions on two Determination of Need (DoN) requests, a final vote on proposed amendments to existing regulations related to prevention and treatment of sports concussions among student athletes, and two informational presentations on current DPH activities   …Continue Reading Highlights of the July 16 Public Health Council Meeting

Taking Robust Action to Improve Oversight of Compounding Pharmacies Posted on Jul 16

Taking Robust Action to Improve Oversight of Compounding Pharmacies

Last week, Governor Patrick signed into law comprehensive compounding pharmacy reform legislation, House Bill 4235, An Act Relative to Pharmacy Practice in the Commonwealth. I am proud that with enactment of this legislation, Massachusetts will be better prepared and able to protect patients both inside   …Continue Reading Taking Robust Action to Improve Oversight of Compounding Pharmacies

Raising Our Voices Against Prostate Cancer Posted on Jun 25

Raising Our Voices Against Prostate Cancer

Last week I was delighted to join local TV legend Susan Wornick in emceeing the 6th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House. This is always such a special event, and this year was no different. Organized by the AdMeTech Foundation in   …Continue Reading Raising Our Voices Against Prostate Cancer

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”