For Immediate Release - April 04, 2017

Public Health Week in Massachusetts

BOSTON — In support of National Public Health Week, Governor Charlie Baker issued a proclamation declaring this week as Public Health Week in the Bay State.

“Our administration is committed to improving the health and wellness of all our residents and ensuring Massachusetts remains one of the healthiest states in the nation,” said Governor Baker. “From battling the opioid epidemic, to ensuring our children have the best opportunity for a healthy life, our Commonwealth knows the importance of prevention and investing in people’s health.”

In his proclamation, which was also signed by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, the Governor lauded the work of public health partners at the local and state level, as well as in the nonprofit, university and medical sectors.

“Public health works best when it’s a true partnership between public and private sectors,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “In all of our health efforts, whether it was our leading role in health reform to ensure all of our residents have access to quality care, or lowering our infant mortality rate, strong collaboration was the key to achieving progress.”

The Baker-Polito Administration has identified the opioid epidemic as its top public health priority, which has highlighted the important work of public health professionals.

“This administration has understood, supported and responded to many public health challenges, not the least of which is the Commonwealth’s opioid crisis,” said Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). “I’m proud of the amazing work of public health professionals at DPH and at our partners at the local and federal levels.”

Commissioner Bharel noted that National Public Health Week provides a good opportunity to celebrate public health’s achievements, but also to recommit to unfinished work on eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity for all residents.

Throughout the week DPH will be sharing messages about Public Health Week, and the work of public health professionals. You can follow the department’s Twitter feed at @MassDPH.

Click here to see Governor Baker’s Proclamation for Public Health Week.

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