This month’s PHC meeting featured a wide range of topics and discussions.
Representatives of the Drug Control program in the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality gave a presentation to the council on a proposed amendment to regulations governing the prescriptive authority of nurse anesthetists. Following the presentation, the Public Health Council discussed and subsequently voted to approve the amendment.
Kevin Cranston, Director of the DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease, presented to the Council on a proposed amendment on Expedited Partner Therapy. It would authorize certain health care providers to prescribe or dispense antibiotics to sex partners of individuals who have been diagnosed with Chlamydia – without having to examine that partner. Following the presentation and further discussion, the Council voted to approve the amendment.
DPH Medical Director Dr. Lauren Smith, Office of Health Equity Director Georgia Simpson May, Commissioner John Auerbach, Communications Director Jennifer Manley, and Rendon Group principal Rick Rendon are recognized for their role in producing the Emmy-winning TV spots.
Finally, DPH Communications Director Jennifer Manley and our video production partner The Rendon Group informed the Council that DPH has been awarded a New England Emmy for Best Public Service Announcement, by the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy award was given in recognition of a series of three PSA’s which DPH produced during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic. Here are the three winning spots.
Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014 posted on Nov 21
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The Holidays Are Fast Approaching! posted on Nov 18
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Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014 posted on Nov 17
The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in the rate of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. This is to be expected at this time of year in New England, and it’s a great reminder that if you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, there …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014