Like so many other states, here in Massachusetts there can be no doubt that the use of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. The evidence is clear and compelling, as seen in terms of rising rates of fatal and non-fatal overdoses as well as trends in …Continue Reading A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse
Rates of flu-like illness ticked upwards in the past 7 days, according to the latest weekly flu report. It’s yet another indication that flu continues to circulate in our communities, and yet another reason to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already this …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 14, 2014
This February is the second nationwide Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, proclaimed by President Obama in response to the pressing public health issue of intimate partner violence specifically among our country’s youth. Every year, 1 in 10 American teenagers will suffer physical dating …Continue Reading Raising Awareness About Teen Dating Violence
Break out your red to support heart disease awareness. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Join the fight to bring attention to this “silent killer” of women by Wearing Red on February 7. The American Heart Association launched Go …Continue Reading National Wear Red Day is Tomorrow!
These are extraordinary times to work in public health in Massachusetts, as the Commonwealth leads the nation in the successful implementation of health care reform through innovation, collaboration, and hard work. As a former front-line nurse and community advocate, it is exciting to see the …Continue Reading The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Innovative Next Step in Health Care Reform
As a nurse and long-time community advocate for HIV/AIDS patients, substance abuse treatment and the homeless, I can remember experiencing each of the annual Governor’s Budget announcements with great anticipation, anxiety and excitement. Then and now, I have always believed that our state budget truly …Continue Reading It’s Budget Week!
The latest weekly flu report shows that flu continues to circulate widely in our communities, which is in keeping with how flu typically spreads at this time of year in this part of the country. We can expect to see elevated levels of flu activity well …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 17, 2014
Rates of flu-like illness remain elevated in Massachusetts as noted in the latest weekly flu report. But even though flu season is definitely upon us there is still time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot. There is still plenty of flu vaccine …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 10, 2014
In Massachusetts we’ve come to recognize and appreciate that when emergencies happen, our local communities band together to respond. And these community-level responses are exemplified by the work done by local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of …Continue Reading Building Capacity at the Local Level to Respond to Emergencies
The agenda for today’s monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included a pair of Determination of Need requests from area health care facilities, and informational presentations and updates from two programs within the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality. The meeting began …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 8th Public Health Council Meeting