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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

Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat Posted on Jul 12

Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat

Temperatures this week in Massachusetts have been relatively normal for this time of year. Even so, we know that most summers in New England will bring about at least some extremely hot days. In fact, extreme heat events are one of the most common causes   …Continue Reading Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat

Children’s Environmental Health: Children Are Not Little Adults Posted on Jul 10

Children’s Environmental Health: Children Are Not Little Adults

Children are not little adults. When it comes to environmental contaminants, you can’t compare (little) apples to (big) apples. Compared to adults, children face greater health risks from environmental exposures. Here’s why: Children breathe more air, eat more food, and drink more water per pound   …Continue Reading Children’s Environmental Health: Children Are Not Little Adults

National Minority Health Month: A Focus on Oral Health Posted on Apr 25

National Minority Health Month: A Focus on Oral Health

April is National Minority Health Month – a time for us to highlight the Department’s work promoting the well-being of racial, ethnic and linguistic minority populations throughout the Commonwealth. Spearheaded by our Office of Health Equity (OHE), all DPH programs strive to respond effectively to   …Continue Reading National Minority Health Month: A Focus on Oral Health

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!