Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Today's Public Health Council featured two informational presentations from DPH subject matter experts.
First the Council heard a summary of findings from a new DPH report released today, entitled "Trends in Mortality in Massachusetts, 2000-2009." The presentation was delivered by Jerry O'Keefe, Director of the Bureau of Health Information Research, Statistics, and Evaluation. The report — the first decade-long retrospective of mortality indicators in the state – shows an all-time high in life expectancy in Massachusetts residents, and continued reductions in deaths due to cancer, heart disease, stroke, HIV/AIDS and other leading causes of death.
The second informational presentation focused on an overview of the DPH Early Intervention (EI) Program from Ron Benham, the director of the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition. EI is a comprehensive, community-based program of integrated developmental services for children age 0-3 in Massachusetts.
BFHN Director Ron Benham discusses the DPH Early Intervention Program with the Council.