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A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse Posted on Feb 26

A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse

Like so many other states, here in Massachusetts there can be no doubt that the use of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. The evidence is clear and compelling, as seen in terms of rising rates of fatal and non-fatal overdoses as well as trends in   …Continue Reading A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse

The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Innovative Next Step in Health Care Reform Posted on Jan 28

These are extraordinary times to work in public health in Massachusetts, as the Commonwealth leads the nation in the successful implementation of health care reform through innovation, collaboration, and hard work.  As a former front-line nurse and community advocate, it is exciting to see the   …Continue Reading The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Innovative Next Step in Health Care Reform

Newborn Screening: A Massachusetts Success Story for 50 Years Posted on Dec 10

Newborn Screening: A Massachusetts Success Story for 50 Years

In 1963, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to mandate statewide newborn screening to promote early detection and treatment of rare disorders that can threaten the health and development of newborns. At a State House ceremony yesterday, I was delighted to join Executive   …Continue Reading Newborn Screening: A Massachusetts Success Story for 50 Years

Weekly Flu Report, November 29th, 2013 Posted on Nov 29

This week’s report shows that rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts are remained stable to how they appeared last week. Using past years as our guide, however, we know that flu season in Massachusetts tends to get going in a more meaningful way as we head   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 29th, 2013

Weekly Flu Report, November 22, 2013 Posted on Nov 22

This week’s flu report shows a slight uptick in the amount of flu-like illness being reported by health care providers across the state. This in keeping with how flu season tends to ramp at this time of the year in New England. As we head into   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 22, 2013

Tools and Resources to Successfully Quit Smoking Posted on Nov 20

Tomorrow is the Great American Smokeout, a day that’s meant to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit – for themselves and their families.  If you or someone you love is a smoker but wants to quit, there is no better time than the   …Continue Reading Tools and Resources to Successfully Quit Smoking

Working to Understand the Causes of Birth Defects Posted on Oct 21

One out of every 33 infants in the United States is born with a birth defect. And although birth defects are less common than other adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight or prematurity, they are still the leading cause of death in the   …Continue Reading Working to Understand the Causes of Birth Defects

One Simple Conversation That Can Save a Life Posted on Jul 16

One Simple Conversation That Can Save a Life

Any diagnosis of cancer is devastating, but with most cancers, the earlier you catch it, the better your chances are of beating it.  That’s why taking advantage of cancer screening tests is so important; in some cases getting screened can even help you stop cancer   …Continue Reading One Simple Conversation That Can Save a Life

CDC Releases H1N1 Toolkit for Child Care Providers to Help Them Prepare Posted on Sep 5

CDC Releases H1N1 Toolkit for Child Care Providers to Help Them Prepare

Following up on its excellent guides for businesses and higher education, the CDC recently released new  guidance for child care providers to help them prepare for the upcoming flu season.   Child care providers, both center-based and home-based, are critically important partners in helping to   …Continue Reading CDC Releases H1N1 Toolkit for Child Care Providers to Help Them Prepare