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Providing Support for Health Care Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Providing Support for Health Care Workers Impacted by COVID-19 posted on Oct 6

Throughout the pandemic, health care providers have faced levels of stress beyond worrying about their health and the health of family and friends. They also have had to cope with providing care to severely ill and dying patients – many of whom they may have been   …Continue Reading Providing Support for Health Care Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital Staff Go the Extra Mile for Patients

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

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

Elevating the Essential Workforce posted on Apr 11

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

Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness posted on Apr 10

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

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

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

Galvanizing Climate Justice posted on Apr 8

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

Working to Prevent Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts posted on Apr 7

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

Highlights of the September 17 Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 17

The September monthly meeting of the Public Health Council, which took place via teleconference in light of ongoing restrictions on public gatherings, featured two informational presentations from Department subject matter experts: Update from the Massachusetts WIC Program Update on Flu Immunization Activities in Massachusetts The   …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 17 Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the August 12th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Aug 13

The August monthly meeting of the Public Health Council was held remotely. The meeting started with an update from Commissioner Bharel regarding the COVID-19 pandemic response including ongoing improvements to the daily and weekly data reports and reminders to residents to remain vigilant against this very   …Continue Reading Highlights of the August 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the July 8th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jul 8

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council was convened on a remote basis in keeping with current limitations on public gatherings. During the meeting, Council members received a series of informational presentations from Department staff, which included: Overview of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Response in Long-Term   …Continue Reading Highlights of the July 8th Public Health Council Meeting