As a physician working in the Commonwealth over the past twenty years, I’ve seen the groundbreaking – and lifesaving – role that the Department of Public Health has played on the front lines of protecting the well-being of all Massachusetts residents. It is an incredible …Continue Reading Joining the Conversation on Public Health
One hallmark of DPH as an organization is our desire to constantly look for ways to ensure that we as an agency are providing the highest quality services to the people that we serve. Recently the Department passed a significant milestone in that quest, as …Continue Reading A Continuing Journey Towards Quality Improvement
Earlier this week I was honored to be recognized at the American Cancer Society’s inaugural Women Leading the Way to Wellness event in Boston. The goal of the event was to focus on the critical role that women play in the prevention and early detection …Continue Reading Women Leading the Way to Wellness
Some see transportation, housing, agriculture, and community and economic development as non-traditional partners when it comes to community planning. But here at DPH we see them as a natural fit. That’s because if we’re going to increase opportunities for active living and healthy eating – …Continue Reading A Vital Partnership Between Public Health and Community Development
The Department of Public Health has worked for many years to prevent sexual violence and provide assistance to survivors through our Division of Injury Prevention. But sadly, sexual assault—a crime of power and control— still happens all too frequently. Today I’m writing about the Massachusetts …Continue Reading SANE: Providing Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault
With the end of the 188th General Court’s formal legislative session on Beacon Hill, now is the time to look back and recognize the incredible legislative progress Massachusetts has made in the past two years in promoting public health in cities and towns across the …Continue Reading Celebrating a Proud Partnership between the Massachusetts Legislature and the Patrick Administration
Each year in the United States, one out of every three adults age 65 and over experiences a fall. And in Massachusetts, every 13 minutes (on average) an older adult requires treatment in an emergency room for fall-related injuries. The human toll of these injuries …Continue Reading A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
Governor Patrick recently signed into law An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence, reforming the state’s gun lawsin an effort to reduce gun violence and create safer and healthier communities across the Commonwealth. These newly enacted provisions are focused on four key areas: …Continue Reading Partnering with the Legislature to Prevent Suicides and Save Lives
La semana pasada tuve el placer de celebrar con el Programa de Nutrición de Mujeres, Infantes y Niños (WIC) de Massachusetts su 40º Aniversario con un evento de gala en la Casa Estatal. Así que no hay mejor tiempo que el presente para darle un …Continue Reading ¡Celebramos el 40º Aniversario de WIC!
I recently had the distinct pleasure of helping the Massachusetts Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program celebrate its 40th anniversary at a gala event at the State House. So it seems there’s no time like the present to take a few moments to look …Continue Reading Mass WIC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary!