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The following blog post was written by Alfee Westgroves. Alfee is the Women’s Health Specialist overseeing the 2019 NNLM NER Community Engagement grant awarded to the YWCA of Central Massachusetts. We know that women of color may be most comfortable exclusively in each other’s presence, particularly when confronting their own vulnerability. We also know… Read More »
My adult kids vape. Neither ever smoked cigarettes. Until very recently, I honestly thought, “I have got better things to worry about.” Well, I was wrong. For a health professional who educates others about substance use and addiction, I was… Read More »
From the earliest outbreaks of Bubonic plague many centuries ago, to recent outbreaks of Ebola, I started to think about the information resources people had when confronting these crises. There couldn’t have been much during the dark ages in Europe. As people faced overwhelming illness and mortality, if they turned to anyone at all it… Read More »
The World Health Organization has named the first week of August as World Breastfeeding Week! You can read lots of important health information about breastfeeding on Twitter using #WorldBreastfeedingWeek. Most of us know that health professionals recommend that babies be breastfed for the first 6 months, if possible. Initially, breastfeeding may require a little… Read More »
New England’s rainy spring has finally turned into summer. This past July 4th brought a string of sunny and hot days with lots of time spent outside. As I took out my sunscreen and looked at the SPF rating of 55 I thought to myself that if anyone asked me to explain what SPF… Read More »