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EHS Celebrates April with First Autism Commission Executive Director Posted on Apr 7

EHS Celebrates April with First Autism Commission Executive Director

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is honored to kick off April as Autism Awareness month with the swearing in of Carolyn J. Kain as the Commonwealth’s first Executive Director of the Autism Commission by Governor Charles D.  Baker. “Carolyn brings both   …Continue Reading EHS Celebrates April with First Autism Commission Executive Director

Four Things about “SNAP to Skills” in MA Posted on Mar 11

Four Things about “SNAP to Skills” in MA

This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance was selected to participate in the “SNAP to Skills” project to enhance education and training opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. As a recipient of SNAP individuals   …Continue Reading Four Things about “SNAP to Skills” in MA

What should you know about the Zika virus? Posted on Mar 2

What should you know about the Zika virus?

The Zika virus has received wide attention over the past several months. Although Zika is present in the United States, with more than 100 confirmed cases, most people who get the virus do not get sick.  In New England, there are three confirmed cases of   …Continue Reading What should you know about the Zika virus?

MASSHEALTH OPERATIONS: Employee Spotlight on Jean Batty Posted on Feb 17

MASSHEALTH OPERATIONS: Employee Spotlight on Jean Batty

Do you know what a “disability accommodations ombudsperson” is? And if so, did you know that MassHealth has one? Our ombudsperson is Jean Batty. She’s held this position for about two years, and can be found at 100 Hancock Street in North Quincy. Despite being   …Continue Reading MASSHEALTH OPERATIONS: Employee Spotlight on Jean Batty

Massachusetts Ranked #11 in Healthy Living in Recent Resident Survey Posted on Feb 1

Massachusetts Ranked #11 in Healthy Living in Recent Resident Survey

Recently, a survey that spread throughout major cities in the United States ranked Massachusetts as the 21st best state in which to own a home. In what areas did we excel? The consensus across the country is that Massachusetts offers high levels of educational opportunity,   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Ranked #11 in Healthy Living in Recent Resident Survey

Walk-in support centers make sign up for health insurance easy Posted on Dec 4

Walk-in support centers make sign up for health insurance easy

Every day, someone comes into the HealthFirst Family Care Center in Fall River wanting to see a doctor. In some cases, they don’t have health insurance. That’s when Kerri Lewis springs into action. Lewis is working at the Massachusetts Health Connector’s walk-in support center at   …Continue Reading Walk-in support centers make sign up for health insurance easy

A picture is worth a thousand words… Posted on Nov 24

A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words.  It also could be worth a new home for a child in need. “There is something about seeing the face of a child awaiting adoption that speaks to the heart,” said Jake Murtaugh with MARE, Inc. “Each picture   …Continue Reading A picture is worth a thousand words…

Postpartum Screening Posted on Oct 8

Monica Hau Hien Le knows women who struggled to care for their newborn babies because they were suffering from postpartum depression. Some are close friends. Many women describe the time after child birth as difficult and experience what is commonly known as the “baby blues.”   …Continue Reading Postpartum Screening

Older Americans Month – Older Americans Act Posted on May 13

Older Americans Month – Older Americans Act

May is Older American’s Month and the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act In 1965, when the United States Congress passed the Older Americans Act, only 17 million Americans lived to their 65th birthday. In Massachusetts, approximately 600,000 reached that milestone. Today, that number has more than doubled in Massachusetts and the   …Continue Reading Older Americans Month – Older Americans Act

Celebrate Mental Health Month with DMH on Twitter Posted on Apr 27

Celebrate Mental Health Month with DMH on Twitter

31 Days of May – #MentalHealthMonth May is Mental Health Month and this is the time of year when the Department of Mental Health (DMH) observes and celebrates the importance of how much mental health matters to all of us. Each day in May, we will   …Continue Reading Celebrate Mental Health Month with DMH on Twitter