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The August monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured an update from the Public Health Commissioner on the latest quarterly data on rates of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts, a vote on a Determination of Need request, and a pair of informational presentations from DPH subject matter experts on current public health issues.

First, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel provided a brief overview of Q2 2019 preliminary data on rates of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts which was released by the Department today. This latest data shows that opioid-related overdose deaths continue to decline, falling nearly 11 percent in the first six months of 2019 compared to the first six months of 2018.

Next, the Council took up a Determination of Need (DoN) request from Signature Healthcare Corporation to renovate existing space at Brockton Hospital, Inc. to create a hospital based ambulatory care center. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the DoN request.

Following that, State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown provided an informational presentation on Mosquito-borne Surveillance and Response in Massachusetts.

Finally, Assistant Commissioner Frank Doyle provided an overview of the Public Health Hospitals System in Massachusetts.

 

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