October Awareness Raising Campaing

As you all know, October is nationally observed as Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The City of Lawrence Mayor's Health Task Force usually holds a breakfast on October the for all breast cancer survivors. Unfortunately this year, with all the transition going on at the Mayor's Health Task Force, said breakfast has been cancelled, however we ask that members of the community show support to the fight against cancer and domestic violence by wearing pink or purple this and every Friday of October.


BOSTON (August 08, 2017)—The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that 36 additional communities are now at moderate risk for West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total number of communities at moderate risk to 59 spread across eight counties. Moderate risk means mosquito activity is substantial enough that people should use personal protection to avoid being bitten by a mosquito.

Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home

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Everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. It’s important for people of all ages; especially children, adults and senior, because their health can be most affected by their environment. Most people spend 70 percent or more of their time inside their home. Millions of homes, however, have hidden hazards that can affect the health of the family and their visitors. Specific research has revealed that many homes contain one of more hazards that adversely affect human health.

FOG Program

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The City of Lawrence Water & Sewer Department, in partnership with the Mayor’s Health Task Force, has implemented a new Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Control Program. The aim is to reduce sewer backups, sanitary sewer overflows, and other public health hazards caused by FOG accumulation in the public sewer system.

Teen births drop, but prevention efforts persist

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Teen birth rates have dropped precipitously in Massachusetts and MetroWest during the past few decades, a decline many experts and advocates attribute to increased access to birth control and comprehensive sexual education.

In 1990, there were 7,258 teen births in the state, a rate of 35.4 births per 1,000 females age 15 to 19. A quarter-century later, in 2014, there were just 2,402 teen births, a rate of 10.6.

Building practitioner networks to support dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings

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Building practitioner networks to support disseminationand implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings

Shoba Ramanadhan, ScD, MPH ,1,2 Sara Minsky, MPH,1 Vilma Martinez-Dominguez, BS, Kasisomayajula Viswanath, PhD2

SNAP news! Help families maximize SNAP with the Healthy Incentives Program

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The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) is launching the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), a new, statewide program designed to improve affordability and access to locally grown fruits and vegetables for SNAP households.  

What is HIP?

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