Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Today's meeting of the Public Health Council began with the consideration of a Determination of Need (DoN) request for a transfer of ownership of Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, by which Massachusetts General Hospital would become its sole corporate member. Following a discussion of the merits of the DoN request, the Public Health Council voted to approve it.
Following that, the Council deliberated the merits of final regulations brought to the Council by the Department on the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Following a lengthy discussion between Council members and DPH staff, the final regulations were approved. Click here to see the final and approved regulations, and here for an updated FAQ on next steps in the process of implementing them.
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