December’s Public Health Council meeting began with an update from Kevin Cranston, Director of the DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease, on recently proposed amendments to infectious disease reporting regulations for laboratories. The proposed amendments were the subject of a public hearing in November which drew no oral or written public response. The Bureau of Infectious Disease therefore recommended the promulgation of the proposed amendments, and the Council voted to approve them.
In other business, the Council heard an informational presentation on proposed amendments to regulations which would expand access to preventive dental services through the administration of fluoride varnish and similar topical fluorides. The briefing was provided by Cheryl Bartlett, Director of the DPH Bureau of Community Health and Prevention.
The Council also heard a summary of the latest data on serious reportable events (SRE’s) in Massachusetts hospitals, which was provided by Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, Director of the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality.
Finally, the Council voted to approve a request for transfer of ownership of Milton Hospital due to a proposed change of its corporate membership whereby Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center would become the sole corporate member.
Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA posted on Apr 23
Registration for the 19th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference is open! This event, to be held May 20, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA attracts professionals from local public health organizations, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, college health, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, employers, health …Continue Reading Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA
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