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, 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
A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community posted on Apr 14
When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community