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The month’s Public Health Council meeting included a series of informational presentations from DPH leadership and staff. First, the Council received an update from Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH on recently released Q3 2017 opioid overdose data for Massachusetts. Commissioner Bharel also provided a brief update on the Department’s Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation status.

One PHC member subsequently made a motion to formally congratulate the Department on achieving national accreditation, and the Council voted unanimously to approve the motion.

Next, subject matter experts from the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Science and the DPH Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention provided an informational presentation on the Department’s joint Zika virus surveillance activities.

Finally, Ron O’Connor in the DPH Office of Local and Regional Health provided an update for Council members on efforts to promote collaboration and partnerships between local and state health departments.

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