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!
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