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Working Together to Prevent Sepsis

Working Together to Prevent Sepsis posted on Sep 13

Sepsis is a medical emergency caused by the body’s response to infection, and when left untreated, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death. It can be caused by almost any infection, and anyone can develop an infection in their body, but   …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Sepsis

Highlights of the September 11 Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 11

The September monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured an update from Public Health Commissioner Bharel followed by a vote on final regulations and two informational updates for the Council from DPH subject matter experts. First, Public Health Commissioner Bharel provided an update on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 11 Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the August 21 Public Health Council Meeting posted on Aug 21

The August monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured an update from the Public Health Commissioner on the latest quarterly data on rates of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts, a vote on a Determination of Need request, and a pair of informational presentations from   …Continue Reading Highlights of the August 21 Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the July 10th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jul 10

The July monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates from DPH subject matter experts: Overview of Health Care Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals, 2018 Overview of Massachusetts Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination in Health Care Facilities, 2018 Overview   …Continue Reading Highlights of the July 10th Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the June 12th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jun 12

The June monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a vote on one Determination of Need (DoN) request and a pair of informational presentations from DPH leadership. First, the Council took up a DoN request from Natick Surgery Center LLC for a substantial change in   …Continue Reading Highlights of the June 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the May 15th Public Health Council Meeting posted on May 15

The May monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included updates from DPH leadership on proposed amendments to regulations currently underway at the Department and an informational presentation on the status of tickborne illness in Massachusetts. First, State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown provided an update on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 15th Public Health Council Meeting

Fighting Infection – Then and Now

Fighting Infection – Then and Now posted on Apr 26

A little more than one hundred years ago, an influenza pandemic swept the globe – infecting an estimated one-third of the world’s population and killing at least 50 million people. Thankfully, much has changed in both science and public health since then. With each flu   …Continue Reading Fighting Infection – Then and Now

Highlights of the April 3rd Public Health Council Meeting posted on Apr 3

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational presentations from DPH staff. Staff from the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services presented an overview of peer recovery coaching in Massachusetts. Following that, staff from the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences   …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 3rd Public Health Council Meeting

Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention posted on Mar 15

The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention held its annual Statehouse Day this week, highlighting the devastating impact of suicide on families and communities and thanking advocates for sharing their own heart-wrenching stories to bring attention to the issue in the Commonwealth. Among the speakers was   …Continue Reading Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

Highlights of the March 13th Public Health Council posted on Mar 13

The March monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates from DPH leadership on various public health issues and initiatives. First, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH presented new findings to the Council from our ongoing public health data warehouse/Chapter   …Continue Reading Highlights of the March 13th Public Health Council