Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
This month's Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates and the consideration of two Determination of Need (DoN) requests.
First, the Council voted to approve a DoN request from Brigham and Women's Hospital for the addition of a 3-unit ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) service on the medical campus. The Council then voted to approve a request from St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston which would add an additional floor of shell space to an existing DoN application previously approved by the Council.
DPH Medical Director Dr. Lauren Smith then presented an informational update on key findings from a set of newly-released reports on youth health behavioral trends in Massachusetts.
Dr. Lauren Smith updates the Council on new data about youth health behavior trends in MA.
The Council also learned about some upcoming study methodology changes which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is making in the Behavioral Risk Factor Statistical Survey, or BRFSS. The BRFSS is a national telephone survey among American adults that provides vital information on public health trends across the country.
Finally, the Council received an update from the Bureau of Infectious Disease on newly revised EEE response protocols. The changes were based on a series of recommendations from an Expert Panel convened by DPH to review its existing EEE strategies. The update was provided by Kevin Cranston, Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease, and state veterinarian Dr. Catherine Brown.
Good News – Spring is Coming Soon! posted on Mar 4
“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” ~Proverb This winter’s been tough. Mother Nature’s been downright cruel – testing our patience for months now. Some of us have seen more than five feet of snow dumped on us, disrupting routines and …Continue Reading Good News – Spring is Coming Soon!
8 Fun Things To Do When You Are Stuck in the House! posted on Mar 2
It’s early March and winter is slowly coming to an end. We’re getting closer and closer to spring, but not close enough for me! As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Knowing that warmer days are …Continue Reading 8 Fun Things To Do When You Are Stuck in the House!
Weekly Flu Report, February 27, 2015 posted on Feb 27
The latest weekly flu report shows another drop in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. Even as these rates decline, it’s still fair to say that flu continues to circulate – which is why it’s so important to do what …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 27, 2015