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Highlights of the June 12th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jun 12

The June monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a vote on one Determination of Need (DoN) request and a pair of informational presentations from DPH leadership. First, the Council took up a DoN request from Natick Surgery Center LLC for a substantial change in   …Continue Reading Highlights of the June 12th Public Health Council Meeting

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Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe posted on Jun 3

Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe

Did you know that Massachusetts has more local public health jurisdictions than any other state? Most other states have county or district-based health departments, but here most of our 351 cities and towns operate their own boards of health. To get a better sense of what   …Continue Reading Local Public Health: Helping to Keep All Residents Healthy and Safe

Highlights of the May 15th Public Health Council Meeting posted on May 15

The May monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included updates from DPH leadership on proposed amendments to regulations currently underway at the Department and an informational presentation on the status of tickborne illness in Massachusetts. First, State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown provided an update on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 15th Public Health Council Meeting

Fighting Infection – Then and Now posted on Apr 26

Fighting Infection – Then and Now

A little more than one hundred years ago, an influenza pandemic swept the globe – infecting an estimated one-third of the world’s population and killing at least 50 million people. Thankfully, much has changed in both science and public health since then. With each flu   …Continue Reading Fighting Infection – Then and Now

Highlights of the April 3rd Public Health Council Meeting posted on Apr 3

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational presentations from DPH staff. Staff from the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services presented an overview of peer recovery coaching in Massachusetts. Following that, staff from the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences   …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 3rd Public Health Council Meeting

Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health posted on Mar 28

Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health

Throughout our Department’s 150th anniversary year we will be highlighting aspects of our work and history. This month, we focus on an area that touches virtually every single Massachusetts resident: our Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. In addition to their most visible public function   …Continue Reading Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health