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Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides Posted on Nov 28

Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

Do you or someone you love use the services of a home care aide?  Nearly 50,000 people—mostly women—work in this growing occupation in Massachusetts.  You may be surprised to learn that recent data show that home care aides are twice as likely to have asthma   …Continue Reading Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word Posted on Nov 15

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word

The latest data show that women in Massachusetts are much less likely to obtain oral health care during pregnancy than before pregnancy. That’s a trend that the Department and our partners in the provider community are working to reverse. Earlier this year DPH released the   …Continue Reading Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word

Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Sep 14

The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket   …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting

One Conversation Can Save a Life Posted on Sep 12

One Conversation Can Save a Life

 “If we are going to survive, we must build communities of caring and connection.” – Cecile Andrews September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and there is no better time to begin or renew our commitment to taking care of ourselves and each other. Too many   …Continue Reading One Conversation Can Save a Life

Climate and Health: We Track That! Posted on Jul 15

Climate and Health: We Track That!

Extreme heat events are one of the most common causes of weather-related deaths in the United States – and the number of heat-related deaths is rising. More frequent and severe heat waves are likely to occur as climate change continues to change weather patterns. These   …Continue Reading Climate and Health: We Track That!

Water: We Track That! Posted on Jul 14

Water: We Track That!

The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is helping us understand the relationship between our water and our health.  Improving our understanding of this relationship will help us protect our water and save lives.  We all need clean, safe water.  Drinking water from a private   …Continue Reading Water: We Track That!

Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That! Posted on Jul 13

Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That!

The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT) is helping us understand more about the relationship between children’s health and the environment.  The environment affects children differently than adults.  Because their bodies are still growing, children are at greater risk if they are exposed to   …Continue Reading Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That!

Community Design: We Track That! Posted on Jul 12

Community design refers to all the elements of a community that are human-made and form the physical characteristics of that community.  This includes buildings (schools, workplaces, and homes), roads, parks, recreation areas and transportation systems. The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT) contains data   …Continue Reading Community Design: We Track That!

Outdoor Air Pollution: We Track That! Posted on Jul 11

Check out the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network!  The Tracking Network is helping us better understand the relationship between health and air pollution.  For example, asthma is a disease that can affect your lungs and make breathing difficult.  In the United States, about 25   …Continue Reading Outdoor Air Pollution: We Track That!

Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change Posted on Jun 23

The Environmental Toxicology Program in the Bureau of Environmental Health has developed a climate assessment approach that leverages the combined resources of the Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) tool and the CDC Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. The approach actively engages stakeholders   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change