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The January monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of votes by Council members and an informational presentation on collaborative efforts to provide hurricane relief to Puerto Rico following last year’s hurricane.

First, the Council took up a request from the Department’s Office of General Counsel to confirm and renew approval of a series of delegations of authority which had previously been granted by the Council. Following a discussion, the Council voted to reapprove these delegations.

Next, the Council reviewed and voted to approve a request for final promulgation of proposed revisions to 105 CMR 141.000, Licensure of Hospice Programs.

Finally, the Council received an informational presentation from representatives of the DPH Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management and Massachusetts General Hospital on collaborative efforts between those organizations and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to provide hurricane relief on the island of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria last year.

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