Here in Massachusetts we’re no strangers to emergencies – just in the past few years we’ve experienced everything from flooding and blizzards to hazardous materials incidents and water supply disruptions. Through it all, one thing we know for certain is that individuals, families and communities …Continue Reading Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared
In Massachusetts and across the country, communities are working hard together to reduce smoking rates and the real impacts of smoking-related illness and death on both our families and our health care system. This is a fight being waged on many fronts, and today, I’d …Continue Reading Another Tool in the Fight Against Tobacco Use
This is another in a series of profiles of health care professionals who have benefited from the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program (MLRP). The MLRP works to increase access to comprehensive primary care in underserved areas, by providing up to $50,000 towards outstanding educational loans for …Continue Reading Loan Repayment: Making One Dentist’s Dream a Reality
Ensuring the safety of our food supply is one of the key responsibilities of public health authorities at both the state and local levels all across the United States. With the recent news reports on an outbreak of foodborne illness in the Boston area, I …Continue Reading Healthy Foods, Safe Foods: Working to Protect the Commonwealth’s Food Supply
As the temperatures of the past few days have shown us, summer is definitely in full swing here in Massachusetts! Now’s the time to get out and enjoy – but also to keep in mind just a few simple steps to ensure this is a …Continue Reading Summer’s Here, and the Time Is Right – for Safety!
By Mark Paskowsky Lately, I’ve been riding Hubway — Boston’s public bike sharing — to work nearly every day. It is very convenient — if you live within its geographic coverage, of course. No need to maintain your bike. No worries about your bike being …Continue Reading It’s a Good Day for Hubway!
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) recently held their bi-annual Innovations in Addictions Conference, an event focused on groundbreaking approaches to treatment and prevention of substance abuse. The conference drew more than 350 attendees from a variety of disciplines and was a great opportunity for DPH to promote exciting innovations in how we prevent and treat substance use disorders, and support people in recovery.
Any diagnosis of cancer is devastating, but with most cancers, the earlier you catch it, the better your chances are of beating it. That’s why taking advantage of cancer screening tests is so important; in some cases getting screened can even help you stop cancer …Continue Reading One Simple Conversation That Can Save a Life
If you’re trying to find a fun way to get in shape this summer, you’re in luck! There are tons of great opportunities for free exercise programs in Boston this summer, available through the Esplanade Association, from July 8, 2013 until August 30, 2013 — …Continue Reading Free Summer Exercise Opportunities in Boston
As public officials and health care stakeholders across the United States worry about the health care system and its escalating costs, Massachusetts is working to find ways to prevent those costs from occurring in the first place. With the establishment of the Prevention and Wellness …Continue Reading The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: Working to Control Health Care Costs in MA