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Yearly Archives: 2021

Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital Staff Go the Extra Mile for Patients Posted on Jun 23

Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital Staff Go the Extra Mile for Patients

Nick Grigoriou is a 25-year-old man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscular degeneration and weakness.  A patient at DPH’s Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children in Canton since 2012, Nick is preparing to be discharged home later this month.  Due to   …Continue Reading Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital Staff Go the Extra Mile for Patients

Elevating the Essential Workforce Posted on Apr 11

Elevating the Essential Workforce

Written by Emily Sparer-Fine, Director of the Occupational Health and Surveillance Program Essential workers encompass a wide variety of occupations, many of which are familiar to us: health care workers, police, fire and other emergency personnel, transit workers and grocery workers, while other workers equally   …Continue Reading Elevating the Essential Workforce

Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness Posted on Apr 10

Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness

Written by Nicole Schmitt of the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services To address the needs of individuals at high risk for overdose and other medical complications associated with substance use, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Substance Addiction Services awarded contracts to   …Continue Reading Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness

Building COVID-19 Resilience for Families of Children with Special Health Needs Posted on Apr 9

Building COVID-19 Resilience for Families of Children with Special Health Needs

Written by Elaine Gabovitch of the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition Emergency care plans (ECPs) are important tools that families of children with special health needs can use to prepare for their children’s safety and wellbeing during COVID-19 and other health related emergencies. Having   …Continue Reading Building COVID-19 Resilience for Families of Children with Special Health Needs

Galvanizing Climate Justice Posted on Apr 8

Galvanizing Climate Justice

Written by Marc Nascarella, Meg Blanchet, and Kate Adams of the Bureau of Environmental Health The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) supports climate justice. The Department’s Bureau of Environment Health’s work specifically supports local climate adaptations for the most vulnerable in our communities.  A   …Continue Reading Galvanizing Climate Justice

Working to Prevent Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 7

Working to Prevent Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts

Written by Brittni Reilly and MaryKate Duska of the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services The overdose crisis in Massachusetts takes a significant toll on communities. Since 2016, Massachusetts has lost approximately 2,000 lives a year to overdose deaths. The increased presence of fentanyl in the   …Continue Reading Working to Prevent Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts

Advancing Racial Equity Posted on Apr 6

Advancing Racial Equity

Written by Dr. Susan Manning, Dr. Sabrina Selk, Antonia Blinn, Katie Stetler, and Lamar Polk The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth achieve their best health by eliminating disparities, addressing the social determinants of health, and   …Continue Reading Advancing Racial Equity

COVID-19 and Pregnancy in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 5

COVID-19 and Pregnancy in Massachusetts

A key effort to bolster emergency preparedness in maternal and child health infrastructure in Massachusetts is the Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Moms and Babies Network (SET-NET). This surveillance system is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) effort to rapidly identify the impact of   …Continue Reading COVID-19 and Pregnancy in Massachusetts