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.
Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014
DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15
Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse
A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community posted on Apr 14
When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community