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Fighting Infection – Then and Now Posted on Apr 26

Fighting Infection – Then and Now

A little more than one hundred years ago, an influenza pandemic swept the globe – infecting an estimated one-third of the world’s population and killing at least 50 million people. Thankfully, much has changed in both science and public health since then. With each flu   …Continue Reading Fighting Infection – Then and Now

Highlights of the April 3rd Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Apr 3

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational presentations from DPH staff. Staff from the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services presented an overview of peer recovery coaching in Massachusetts. Following that, staff from the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences   …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 3rd Public Health Council Meeting

Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health Posted on Mar 28

Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health

Throughout our Department’s 150th anniversary year we will be highlighting aspects of our work and history. This month, we focus on an area that touches virtually every single Massachusetts resident: our Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. In addition to their most visible public function   …Continue Reading Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health

Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention Posted on Mar 15

Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention held its annual Statehouse Day this week, highlighting the devastating impact of suicide on families and communities and thanking advocates for sharing their own heart-wrenching stories to bring attention to the issue in the Commonwealth. Among the speakers was   …Continue Reading Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

Putting the Focus on Teen Worker Safety in Massachusetts Posted on Mar 14

Putting the Focus on Teen Worker Safety in Massachusetts

For many teens in Massachusetts and elsewhere, having a job is an invaluable way to gain real-life work experience, explore different career paths, and make money for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, though, many teens across the U.S. are injured on the job. In fact,   …Continue Reading Putting the Focus on Teen Worker Safety in Massachusetts

Highlights of the March 13th Public Health Council Posted on Mar 13

The March monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates from DPH leadership on various public health issues and initiatives. First, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH presented new findings to the Council from our ongoing public health data warehouse/Chapter   …Continue Reading Highlights of the March 13th Public Health Council

When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens Posted on Mar 4

When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens

This coming weekend we move the clocks forward an hour for daylight savings time – losing an hour of sleep in the process. As we prepare to make that adjustment, now’s a good opportunity to think about the importance of sleep in our daily lives –   …Continue Reading When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens

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

Looking for the Latest Weekly Flu Report? Posted on Feb 15

The DPH Weekly Flu Report can now be found on this DPH web page – please be sure to bookmark for future reference. If you’re looking for any Weekly Flu Report prior to February 15th, 2019, please see previous Weekly Flu Report posts here on   …Continue Reading Looking for the Latest Weekly Flu Report?

Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships Posted on Feb 13

Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships

Did you know: 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a dating partner? February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and it’s a good time to remind teenagers how to recognize the signs   …Continue Reading Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships