Government Health & Environment

City Report: Boston Is Healthier

    Mayor Menino Releases 2010 Health of Boston Report
  Mortality rates continue to decline, fewer drug and alcohol deaths

Fewer Boston residents are dying of cancer, heart disease, injuries, and stroke, four of the five leading causes of death in the city, and Asian residents in Boston have the highest average life expectancy of any racial or ethnic group, according to the new Health of Boston report released today by Mayor Menino.
The 399-page report prepared by the Boston Public Health Commission contained plenty of good news about the health of Boston residents: Fewer substance abuse deaths, high rates of cancer screening, fewer teen pregnancies, fewer adults smokers and salmonella cases, and the near- disappearance of children in Boston with elevated lead levels.
But serious challenges remain. The report found that Boston’s black and Latino residents continue to experience higher levels of chronic disease, mortality, and poorer health outcomes compared to white residents. In 2008, the asthma hospitalization rate for black and Latino children was more than three times the rate for Asian children and four times the rate for white children.  That same year, the diabetes hospitalization rate for black and Latino residents was about four times the rate for Asians and whites.  For Boston’s black residents the health inequities begin early in life and persist throughout the individual’s lifespan: In 2008, the black infant mortality rate was more than four times the white infant mortality rate, and black residents had the shortest average life expectancy.


Mayor’s Weekly Column

From the Desk of Thomas M. Menino

8/9/10 As the Massachusetts legislature concluded its 2009-2010 Formal Session, more than 25 important initiatives from my legislative package were sent to Governor Patrick to be signed into law. While I am proud of all of these legislative accomplishments, I want to highlight a few initiatives that will have a significant impact on our city and our residents. Working with the legislature, we successfully advocated for bills that will reform our CORI system, prevent foreclosures, reduce prescription drug abuse and fraud, and improve insurance coverage for autism. I congratulate the Governor and legislature on a successful session and thank them for their dedication to these important issues.


Mayor’s Weekly Column

From the Desk of Thomas M. Menino

There has been a lot of focus over the last several months on the troubling increase in gang-related youth violence in our neighborhoods. While gang violence is certainly not a new issue, the nature of gang activity among youth has evolved and we have had to adapt our strategy accordingly. In collaboration with state and federal government agencies and community partners, the City of Boston has launched a targeted, community-based strategy to more effectively suppress violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and support the families and residents in those communities. Reducing violence is a job that no single agency can do alone, but it’s one we all can do if we act together.

Community Sports

NEAD Receives City Grant for Summer Programs

North End Against Drugs has once again received a $5000.00 grant from Mayor Menino and Boston Center for Youth and Families to provide summer programming for North End youth ages 6 to 16. “We are extremely grateful to Mayor Menino and the staff of BCYF for giving us the opportunity to provide summer programming for Read More…

Police & Fire

City Issues Grilling Safety Reminder After Charlestown Gas Grill Fire

Boston Fire Department and the Mayor’s office issued a reminder to residents regarding grilling safety after today’s 4-alarm fire in Charlestown, started by a propane gas grill tank on a roof deck. No one was hurt in the blaze which spread to neighboring condo buildings, although 9 firefighters and 2 civilians were treated for heat-related Read More…

Business Food & Drink Government

Mayor Menino Talks at NECC Breakfast; Proposes Closing Traffic on Hanover St.

Mayor Thomas Menino used a breakfast gathering of the North End Chamber of Commerce (NECC) to propose a new initiative to close Hanover Street to traffic on certain weekends or one day per week, such as Saturdays. Labor Day weekend was suggested by the Mayor as a slow weekend in the City and/or during the Read More…

Community Government Schools

Mayor’s Youth Council Accepting Applications

News from City Hall on the Mayor’s Youth Council is accepting applications. Below is the press release and information on how to apply. Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that applications for the Mayor’s Youth Council are now being accepted until April 15th. Mayor Menino established the Council in 1994 to provide Boston’s young people Read More…

Business Community Government

Mayor’s Youth Council – Apply Now

Apply for the 2010-11 Mayor’s Youth Council: Are you a high school sophomore or junior and Boston resident who wants to make a difference in your community? Do you want to take an active role in government? Then apply for the MYC. Each year, teens from all over the city are selected to outreach to Read More…

Health & Environment Police & Fire

Boston Declares Snow Emergency Starting Wednesday at 8:00 am

The City of Boston issued the following release regarding the pending snowstorm. Mayor Thomas M. Menino today declared that a snow emergency and parking ban will go into effect at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2010. Mayor Menino would like to remind residents of the following: The City of Boston encourages businesses to ask employees Read More…