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JohnJacob Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Welcome to the newest category on Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health. The purpose of this latest entry is to highlight the work of the Public Health Council here at DPH.

The Council convenes once a month at DPH headquarters at 250 Washington Street in Boston. During their meetings, members discuss current issues and challenges in public health here in Massachusetts, deliberate and vote on proposed new regulations, and are briefed by DPH subject matter experts on the latest initiatives, publications, reports and studies published by the Department.

We're mindful that some folks aren't able to make it to these meetings, but might be interested in keeping up with issues and ideas that are discussed there. If that sounds like you, then please keep this page bookmarked. Every month, you'll find a brief summary of the major topics discussed during that month's meeting, along with links to informational presentations, proposed regulations and other reference materials to help put those topics into context.

Hope to see you back here soon!

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