The Department of Public Health is comprised of ten bureaus and hundreds of programs, each dedicated to a particular component of promoting and protecting the public’s health. While DPH staff are on the forefront of countless efforts to promote wellness for residents across the Commonwealth, there is some less visible, yet equally important, work being done every day by the staff of the State Lab.
The Bureau of Laboratory Sciences, housed at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory in Jamaica Plain, provides diagnosis, surveillance, investigation and prevention for a wide range of substances and diseases including foodborne illness, lead poisoning, tuberculosis and HIV.
Moving forward, we are going to use this space to highlight what happens behind the scenes at the state Lab – like how we test a bat for rabies, run tests for STDs, or figure out if that hamburger you ate last night is what gave you food poisoning.
Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults posted on Sep 22
Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge. In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries. These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014, …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained posted on Sep 20
When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained
Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14
The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting