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DPH Highlights its Nursing Staff for National Nurses Week Posted on May 11

DPH Highlights its Nursing Staff for National Nurses Week

More than 600 nurses work throughout the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, many of them on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, and others in critical policy, management, and support roles. The four themes of this year’s National Nurses Week celebration –self-care, recognition, professional   …Continue Reading DPH Highlights its Nursing Staff for National Nurses Week

As we head into 2020, it’s a good time to look back and take stock of what was a very busy 2019, working with our partners across Massachusetts to promote and protect the health and well-being of all our residents. Thank you to all of   …Continue Reading

Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe Posted on Jun 3

Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe

Did you know that Massachusetts has more local public health jurisdictions than any other state? Most other states have county or district-based health departments, but here most of our 351 cities and towns operate their own boards of health. To get a better sense of what   …Continue Reading Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe

Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH Posted on Mar 1

Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH

Hundreds of public health professionals, representatives of community-based organizations and municipal government, and prevention advocates will gather in Worcester next month for the statewide Ounce of Prevention conference, hosted annually by the Department of Public Health. The conference, marking DPH’s 150th year, takes place April   …Continue Reading Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH

Celebrating 150 Years of Advancing Public Health Posted on Jan 28

Celebrating 150 Years of Advancing Public Health

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is celebrating! This year marks the department’s sesquicentennial – our 150th anniversary.  We are marking this milestone with a special anniversary logo and presentations and events throughout the year. As part of our celebration, we plan to highlight many   …Continue Reading Celebrating 150 Years of Advancing Public Health

Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here’s Why. Posted on Dec 27

Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here's Why.

According to our Massachusetts Deaths 2016 report released this week, the average life expectancy of Massachusetts residents rose to 80 years and 8 months in 2016, an increase in longevity that actually runs counter to national trends showing a decline in how long Americans are   …Continue Reading Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here’s Why.

Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study Posted on Oct 12

Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health invites local health officials to attend an October 17th workshop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The workshop is focused on an important environmental health study evaluating how Massachusetts residents are exposed to toxic chemicals.  The workshop will describe   …Continue Reading Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study

World “No Tobacco Day” Posted on May 30

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 to highlight the fact that tobacco use is deadly and that there are effective policies that reduce consumption. This year for World No Tobacco Day,   …Continue Reading World “No Tobacco Day”

Mortality in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 18

This post is highlighting the final chapter – “Mortality” – from the "Health of Massachusetts," a comprehensive report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 1841, Massachusetts became the first state to mandate the registration of births and deaths, known as “vital statistics”. Today,   …Continue Reading Mortality in Massachusetts

Violence: A Serious — and Preventable — Issue for Massachusetts Posted on Aug 12

This is the newest post in the "Health of Massachusetts" series, a comprehensive new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Chapter thirteen of the “Health of Massachusetts” explores violence in Massachusetts, including bullying, sexual assaults, intimate partner violence, and child and elder abuse.   …Continue Reading Violence: A Serious — and Preventable — Issue for Massachusetts