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!
Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18
We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists! But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list: …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting