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Highlights of the July 10th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jul 10

The July monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates from DPH subject matter experts: Overview of Health Care Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals, 2018 Overview of Massachusetts Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination in Health Care Facilities, 2018 Overview   …Continue Reading Highlights of the July 10th Public Health Council Meeting

Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe Posted on Jun 3

Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe

Did you know that Massachusetts has more local public health jurisdictions than any other state? Most other states have county or district-based health departments, but here most of our 351 cities and towns operate their own boards of health. To get a better sense of what   …Continue Reading Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe

Promoting Teen Worker Safety: the 2019 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest Posted on Dec 6

Promoting Teen Worker Safety: the 2019 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest

Did you know that teen workers across the nation have about twice the risk of nonfatal on-the-job injuries per hour worked than adult workers? With the holiday season so quickly upon us, it is important that teen workers who are taking on extra hours during   …Continue Reading Promoting Teen Worker Safety: the 2019 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest

Highlights of the October 10th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Oct 10

The October meeting of the Public Health Council featured a discussion focused on an approved Determination of Need request, a vote on final amendments to regulations related to the work of the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure, and an informational presentation from DPH staff on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 10th Public Health Council Meeting

September is Sepsis Awareness Month Posted on Sep 13

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

September marks Sepsis Awareness Month, which brings public education and awareness to this serious medical condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year.  Sepsis is caused by the body’s response to infection.  Left untreated, it can lead to tissue   …Continue Reading September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Tracking the Latest Environmental Health Trends in MA Posted on Jun 19

Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) is a program that brings together environmental health data to inform residents about health and the environment in their community and throughout the state. Our program, now 16 years old, has a wealth of environmental health information available and   …Continue Reading Tracking the Latest Environmental Health Trends in MA

Honoring Workers’ Memorial Day 2018 Posted on Apr 27

Honoring Workers' Memorial Day 2018

The average person spends about 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. Each year, approximately 67 Massachusetts workers never return home from work. The victims of these workplace deaths often leave behind grieving families and loved ones who struggle to carry on. Workers’ Memorial Day,   …Continue Reading Honoring Workers’ Memorial Day 2018

A Tool to Explore the Connection Between Health and Environment Posted on Feb 5

A Tool to Explore the Connection Between Health and Environment

Health and environmental problems are not always separate issues with unrelated solutions. That’s the thinking behind the CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, a program that brings together environmental health data from 25 participating states to help investigate these environment-and-health connections. In fact, Massachusetts   …Continue Reading A Tool to Explore the Connection Between Health and Environment

Celebrating Our Rural Communities Posted on Nov 16

Celebrating Our Rural Communities

Nearly 60 million people live and work in rural America. In Massachusetts, about 650,000 people call one of our 160 rural towns home. Rural communities are great places to live, work, and play, but they also face unique healthcare challenges. That’s why each year the   …Continue Reading Celebrating Our Rural Communities

Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer Posted on Jul 13

Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. Radon is created when naturally occurring elements such as uranium and radium in rocks and soil break down during a process called radioactive decay. Once radon is emitted, it migrates upwards to the ground surface through   …Continue Reading Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer