This is the latest in a series of posts highlighting each chapter of the "Health of Massachusetts", a comprehensive new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Chapter eight discusses the work of the Department’s Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH). BEH is responsible for collecting information on numerous environmental and health issues and investigating suspected increases in disease occurrence and their possible relationship to the environment.
The Department works closely with residents, communities, and local health officials across the state to evaluate contaminants in our air, water, soil and food supply. BEH also evaluates indoor air quality in public buildings, posts information on state beaches that are safe for swimming, and enforces regulations such as the state sanitary code.
To learn more about environmental health regulations, prevention measures, and health risks visit www.mass.gov/dph/healthofmassachusetts.
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
Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Apr 9
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a series of Determination of Need (DON) requests, followed by a set of three of informational presentations on pending amendments to regulations. The Council took up deliberations for a series of three Determination of Need requests, …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting