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Tag Archives: Prevention

Promoting the Role of Health in Transportation Planning Posted on Aug 21

In June 2009, Governor Deval Patrick signed the Transportation Reform Law, landmark legislation that established the Healthy Transportation Compact.  The primary goal of the law was to consolidate all transportation agencies in the Commonwealth and reduce duplicative policies, enhance planning initiatives, improve public health outcomes   …Continue Reading Promoting the Role of Health in Transportation Planning

A Stronger Link Between Providers, Patients, and Communities Posted on Aug 12

Advances in technology are leading to improvements in so many aspects of our daily lives – and health care is no exception. With the advent of health care reform, providers and other stakeholders are working to improve health care outcomes while reducing health care costs   …Continue Reading A Stronger Link Between Providers, Patients, and Communities

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!

Raising Our Voices Against Prostate Cancer Posted on Jun 25

Raising Our Voices Against Prostate Cancer

Last week I was delighted to join local TV legend Susan Wornick in emceeing the 6th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House. This is always such a special event, and this year was no different. Organized by the AdMeTech Foundation in   …Continue Reading Raising Our Voices Against Prostate Cancer

Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse Posted on Jun 11

Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse

On Tuesday I was delighted to join Governor Patrick to announce a series of concrete steps to address the opioid abuse epidemic in Massachusetts, focused on improving prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services across the Commonwealth. These actions are based on a series of findings and   …Continue Reading Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse

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”

A Groundbreaking Look at the Health Needs of People with Disabilities Posted on May 27

When it comes to addressing inequities in health care services and outcomes, information truly is power. Recently the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) partnered on a groundbreaking assessment of the health needs of people with disabilities in   …Continue Reading A Groundbreaking Look at the Health Needs of People with Disabilities

News from the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute Posted on May 14

News from the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute

Recently I had the great pleasure of gathering together with nearly 200 community partners and organizations from across the Commonwealth for the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute. The annual Action Institute is hosted by DPH and is an opportunity for Mass in Motion programs and   …Continue Reading News from the 2014 Mass in Motion Action Institute

An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction Posted on Apr 30

An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction

Cities and towns across Massachusetts are grappling with the devastating impact of an opiate addiction epidemic. In recognition of this crisis, Governor Patrick has declared opiate abuse as a public health emergency and has unveiled a comprehensive strategy to address the issue on a wide   …Continue Reading An Exciting New Partnership to Fight Opiate Addiction