Here you’ll find information about a range of resources and funding sources to help families and others working with children and youth with special health needs or disabilities ensure these young people achieve the healthiest life possible and develop to their fullest potential.
It's easy to assume that parenting will "just come naturally." But for many of us it's a huge shift – a new adventure into the unknown. Here you’ll find advice on how to deal with a crying baby and what to do if you’re a victim of sexual or domestic violence; information on newborn immunization, blood screening, hearing screening, and growth and nutrition programs; tips on home safety; information on how to cope with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and more.
The Department of Public Health Family Planning Program promotes and provides comprehensive family planning services including clinic based services, education and outreach for adolescents and low-income residents in Massachusetts.
Residents can learn about the state’s immunization requirements and programs for under-immunized, low income women, infants, and children. Providers can download the new and improved Electronic Immunization Toolkit; get the latest on vaccine management, vaccine preventable diseases, and vaccine safety; learn about a new system for streamlining the tracking of vaccine administration within the Commonwealth, and more.
The reality is no one is immune from the risk of injury, and the risks shift with changes in your age, lifestyle, and physical environment. The best defense is to know the physiological, behavioral, and environmental risk factors for serious injuries, and how to minimize those risks throughout life. From the secure storage of poison hazards to improving access to prevention sources such as bicycle helmets and smoke alarms to information on drug safety, explore resources available to help prevent injury at every age and stage.
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, and other commonly under-served populations face unique health challenges and inequalities with regard to access to healthcare services. Here you’ll find HIV educational materials, information on preventive care and the Client Health Services Unit, which provides a wide array of services to those living with HIV/AIDS – from rental and housing assistance to mental health, medical, and dental care. Hotline contact numbers, information on treatment, and HIV travel ban information is also included.
Medical prevention, regular checkups, and prompt treatment play a key role in your quality of life as you age. So does awareness of the changes that may occur. Check out the resources, workshops, and services available – including those available through the Department of Elder Affairs – to help you understand Alzheimer’s disease, deal with domestic or sexual violence, prevent injuries or depression/suicide, and promote healthy aging.
Whether you’re pregnant or just thinking about it, you probably have a lot of questions. Explore information on birth defects research and prevention, breastfeeding, cord blood banking, egg retrieval, family planning, good nutrition, newborn blood and hearing screening, mental health for Mom and infant, hospital maternity information, and more.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call one of the 24-hour crisis hotline numbers below right away:
- Samaritans Statewide Hotline: 1-877-870-HOPE (4673)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); Press # 1 if you are a Veteran
- The Trevor Helpline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386) - Specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth and young adults
While many think of adolescence as a period of mindless fun and self-absorption, many young people are dealing with tough issues: drug abuse, domestic and sexual violence, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, abusive relationships, thoughts of suicide, and more. Learn more about these issues and the resources and programs in place to ensure all Massachusetts youth grow up to be healthy, caring, and economically self-sufficient adults.
The state offers a number of violence prevention programs and services to address different types of violence (such as bullying, sexual and domestic violence, and shaken baby syndrome) in homes and schools to keep individuals and families safe.
Violence and abuse affect women from all kinds of backgrounds every day and can cause terrible physical and emotional pain. Explore these programs and services designed to help not only women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence or those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, but also low income, uninsured women who need help with family planning and diagnostic services, preventative screening, and health education.
Check out the resources men need to know to help keep healthy.
This list provides information gathered from press releases and other public notices about certain recalls of FDA-regulated products.