Posted by Suzanne Condon, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Health
The Bureau of Environmental Health in collaboration with the Bureau of Infectious Disease, the Emergency Preparedness Bureau, the Bureau of Laboratory Sciences, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and its Department of Environmental Protection, as well as environmental advocates, held a symposium on “Climate Variability and Health Impact Assessment” at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA on April 30th.
This program was the first in a series planned in response to increasing concerns among local municipalities in Massachusetts about climate variability. Topics covered included water-related issues including severe weather events that may result in flooding, mitigation measures related to standing water to reduce potential breeding pools for mosquitoes carrying EEE or WNV, and increasing water quality issues due to harmful algal blooms or bacterial contamination of recreational/bathing waters.
The symposium provided local officials with tools and strategies to enhance planning to mitigate effects of climate variability in their communities. The symposium is an excellent example of not only inter-bureau collaboration but importantly cross Secretariat along with external partners to address public health issues related to climate variability in a proactive way.
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
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!