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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

National Public Health Week: Infant Mortality Posted on Apr 3

National Public Health Week: Infant Mortality

By almost every measure, Massachusetts is one of the healthiest states in the nation. In fact, the United Health Foundation’s Health Rankings Report recently ranked Massachusetts the second healthiest state, behind only Hawaii. Among the findings, we ranked #1 in Senior Health and #1 in Women   …Continue Reading National Public Health Week: Infant Mortality

An Innovative New Tool for Tracking Environmental and Health Data in MA Posted on Mar 23

An Innovative New Tool for Tracking Environmental and Health Data in MA

Welcome to the world of Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) in Massachusetts! In 2000, the Pew Environmental Health Commission identified a lack of basic information needed to link environmental hazards and chronic diseases. In response, the Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking website (EPHT) was created as   …Continue Reading An Innovative New Tool for Tracking Environmental and Health Data in MA

Joining the Conversation on Public Health Posted on Feb 24

Joining the Conversation on Public Health

As a physician working in the Commonwealth over the past twenty years, I’ve seen the groundbreaking – and lifesaving – role that the Department of Public Health has played on the front lines of protecting the well-being of all Massachusetts residents. It is an incredible   …Continue Reading Joining the Conversation on Public Health

FOOD DAY? ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY? Posted on Oct 24

FOOD DAY?   ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY?

If you’re like me, and most other people, you celebrate food day each and every day. So, it’s natural to ask, “What’s the deal with Food Day?” It’s not a reminder to eat (yours truly has never needed a reminder!), but a chance to appreciate   …Continue Reading FOOD DAY? ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY?

HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES? Posted on Sep 19

HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?

This is a rough time of year for someone like me, as I try desperately to hold onto summer for as long as possible. I bristle at each and every reference to Labor Day, which now apparently serves as the bellwether of summer’s demise (it   …Continue Reading HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?

Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me Posted on Sep 10

Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me

I don’t love working out. Physical activity is not something I crave, it’s something I have to make myself do. It’s always been a struggle for me to keep active, but throughout my life I’ve found things that worked for me: high school sports, going   …Continue Reading Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me

My Journey Back to Watermelon Posted on Jul 25

My Journey Back to Watermelon

The other night, my parents took me and my fiancé* out to eat. My mom likes to keep the conversation light, and as usual, asked questions like “what was your favorite memory as a kid?” and “what would you rather have, a beach house or   …Continue Reading My Journey Back to Watermelon

Kids with Asthma Can Be Active in Summer! Posted on Jul 24

Summer in New England is a brief but glorious time when many families experience a change in pace as schools let out and activities slow. Weeks that were once packed with classes, homework and practice are suddenly open for new activities. Whether these include summer   …Continue Reading Kids with Asthma Can Be Active in Summer!

World “No Tobacco Day” Posted on May 30

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 to highlight the fact that tobacco use is deadly and that there are effective policies that reduce consumption. This year for World No Tobacco Day,   …Continue Reading World “No Tobacco Day”