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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

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