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Yearly Archives: 2013

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Reaches 92% Employee Flu Vaccination Rate Posted on Dec 31

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Reaches 92% Employee Flu Vaccination Rate

The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke vaccinated 92 percent of all employees against influenza this season, establishing a new record at the home, nearly double the national average for health care providers in long-term care facilities. In Massachusetts, which has the highest rate of vaccinations of all states,   …Continue Reading Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Reaches 92% Employee Flu Vaccination Rate

DVS Joins Wreaths Across America Posted on Dec 20

DVS Joins Wreaths Across America

As another round of holidays is upon us, we are reminded of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and the families who will never be able to take a full family picture again.  Each year, Wreaths Across America  honors these lost family members by   …Continue Reading DVS Joins Wreaths Across America

DVS Joins Comcast to Support Veterans in Crisis Posted on Dec 18

DVS Joins Comcast to Support Veterans in Crisis

This week, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) joined Comcast to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to support the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans Empowerment (SAVE) Outreach Team. The two PSA’s, feature DVS employees Kevin Lambert and Viviana Marcotte, both veterans of the war   …Continue Reading DVS Joins Comcast to Support Veterans in Crisis

2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute Posted on Dec 13

2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute

This week the mental health community came together for the 2nd Stephanie Moulton Symposium at the John F. Kennedy Library on Tuesday with a turnout of more than 400 direct care workers, staff and consumers.  We gather for this annual training event to honor Stephanie   …Continue Reading 2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute

Massachusetts Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day Posted on Dec 10

Massachusetts Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day

Saturday marked the 72nd year since the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and community groups commemorated the day by honoring World War II veterans at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke and by supporting the Honor Flight program. It was the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 when   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day

Massachusetts Celebrates National Adoption Day Posted on Nov 30

Massachusetts Celebrates National Adoption Day

In a very special court proceedings, Health and Human Services Secretary Polanowicz was joined by other officials in the Patrick Administration’s celebration of the 11th Annual National Adoption Day. At the Edward Brooke Courthouse in Boston, Secretary Polanowicz remarked that the day not only marked   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Celebrates National Adoption Day

A message from Secretary Polanowicz: Happy Thanksgiving! Posted on Nov 28

A message from Secretary Polanowicz: Happy Thanksgiving!

As you prepare to join your friends and families to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to share a great experience from an event yesterday that embodies the spirit of this holiday, and the mission of our secretariat. Yesterday, I was proud to join Boston   …Continue Reading A message from Secretary Polanowicz: Happy Thanksgiving!

Affordable Care Act Grant Improves Access to Community Health Posted on Nov 21

Affordable Care Act Grant Improves Access to Community Health

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that $3.5 million in new funding for Massachusetts to improve access to health care in under-served areas, bringing primary care closer to home across the Commonwealth. The new funding will be used at six Community Health Centers serving   …Continue Reading Affordable Care Act Grant Improves Access to Community Health

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Supports Honor Flight New England Posted on Nov 19

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Supports Honor Flight New England

On Dec. 7, a community partnership will remember Pearl Harbor Day by pledging to support World War II Veterans from the Pioneer Valley on a special flight to Washington D.C. A committee of veteran organizations and community partners will be sending applications for area World   …Continue Reading Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Supports Honor Flight New England

HHS Celebrates Veterans Day Posted on Nov 12

HHS Celebrates Veterans Day

Each year, Veterans Day allows us an opportunity to both honor the brave men and women who have served on behalf of our nation, as well as to reflect on the ways we can maximize resources to provide the finest services to all generations of   …Continue Reading HHS Celebrates Veterans Day