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The March monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates from DPH leadership on various public health issues and initiatives.

First, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH presented new findings to the Council from our ongoing public health data warehouse/Chapter 55 analysis of trends in substance misuse and overdose deaths in Massachusetts.

Next, the Council received an update on Maternity Leave trends in Massachusetts, featuring select results of the most recent survey of the Massachusetts Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.

Finally, the Council heard an informational presentation from DPH staff on how the Social Determinants of Health play a role in trends in health outcomes and health equity in Massachusetts.

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