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.
Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18
We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists! But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list: …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting