Posted by Sara Rattigan, Health Communication Specialist at DPH.
This week was an example of what makes my job worth it. At a State House ceremony, our community partner MassCOSH and eight state agency members of MA YES Team came together to honor the eleven teen winners of our third annual Safe Jobs for Youth Contest.
MDPH’s Teens at Work Project, within the Occupational Health Surveillance Program, is largely data driven: We track info on the number and types of work-related injuries to MA teens as a critical starting point for intervention development. While our work is essential to keeping teens safer on the job, we rarely get to work directly with youth.
But once a year, through our poster contest, we call directly on teens to help us raise awareness among their peers about this important issue. And every year we are blown away: this year by the quality of the 174 entries, the thoughtful comments from 60 youth judges, and the attendance at our winner event.
This year’s ceremony was brimming with diverse attendees—winners and their families, agency and community partners, state legislators, press. Keynote speakers MA EOLWD Secretary Joanne Goldstein and MA DESE Deputy Commissioner Alan Ingram shared words of wisdom about everyone’s role in helping to protect young workers on the job. Secretary Goldstein (@MassLWD), along with our partner Commonwealth Corporation (@CommCorp_MA), even live-tweeted through the event and was picked up by Governor Patrick (@MassGovernor)!
Who would think a simple contest could create such dialogue about an issue that is too often overlooked? Our goal was to raise awareness among teens, and teens helped us to reach even farther.
Congratulations to this year’s Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest Winners!
Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change posted on Jun 23
The Environmental Toxicology Program in the Bureau of Environmental Health has developed a climate assessment approach that leverages the combined resources of the Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) tool and the CDC Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. The approach actively engages stakeholders …Continue Reading Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change
Love in Action: Supporting One Another in Challenging Times posted on Jun 15
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr. What do we do when horrible things happen? A tragedy like what happened at Orlando’s LGBTQ Pulse nightclub is so …Continue Reading Love in Action: Supporting One Another in Challenging Times
Getting Hurt is Not in Your Job Description posted on Jun 13
POP QUIZ: Deli slicers – How hard can they be to use? Everyone seems to have story about someone being cut at work while using a deli slicer*. If you don’t have one yourself, ask a friend or colleague—they almost certainly do. And more often …Continue Reading Getting Hurt is Not in Your Job Description