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, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014