Archive for October 2016

Hamilton Health Department Conducts EDS Set Up Drill

On Oct. 24, the Town of Hamilton Health Department exercised their emergency dispensing site by conducting a community wide flu shot clinic. Emergency dispensing sites are used throughout the nation in the event that large scale antibiotics are needed due to an event that involves the public’s health. They are a component of the Strategic National Stockpile a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on Emergency Dispensing Sites and public health planning please contact Mark Munroe, Program Manager for Public Health Region 3 at [email protected].


Application Period for Local Public Health Institute Fellows Program Now Open

The application period for the Local Public Health Institute Fellows Program is now open. LPHI will be accepting applications for the program until Dec. 16. Additionally, LPHI are also accepting nominations of your fellow Local Public Health practitioners until Dec. 2. They will then be contacted by the LPHI and be notified of their nomination.

Fellows of the Local Public Health Institute of MA are selected for their demonstrated mastery of public health practice concepts, commitment to professional development, and willingness to act as stewards for public health practice in MA. They have shown immense commitment and dedication to their own professional development as well as to the public health mission. All Fellows must have worked for at least five years for a state or local public health agency in MA as staff or governing body member.

For more information, please visit the LPHI Fellows Page.

For an LPHI Fellows Application, click here.

For an LPHI Fellows Nomination, click here.


We need Training Committee Members!

Even if you don’t have time to attend meetings we will have a conference line for call in on.

We need your input to bring more training to our HMCC!

If you can serve please email: [email protected]

We are also asking all HMCC members to share any training that that would willing to share with their HMCC partners please let us know!



Registration Open for “Managing Effectively in Today’s Public Health Environment” Course!

Register here.

This course is designed to strengthen the management skills of the current or future heads of local or regional health departments and managers or directors in city or state public health agencies in Massachusetts.

This is a team-based course taught in a blended format over four months. Once enrolled, you will be placed in a team and each team will be assigned a mentor. Your mentor will be an experienced public health professional who will guide your team discussion assignments.

At the conclusion of the course a graduation ceremony will be held. A certificate of completion and 25 contact hours will be issued once you submit the final post test and course evaluation. Self-paced modules that you completed as part of the course offer additional certificates and credits.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the need and urgency to manage differently in today’s environment
  • Describe new information, tools, and resources to help manage more effectively
  • Demonstrate enhanced skills to better manage all aspects of public health organizations

Each week’s lesson(s) will have specific learning objectives that are connected directly to the assignments and team discussions. Lessons include optional resources for you to learn more about each topic and have instructors who are subject matter experts in their field of study.

Note that you must first register for this course by completing a registration form (PDF). Once your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an enrollment key to access the course.

Once the final post-test and course evaluation are submitted, participants will receive a certificate of completion and 25 contact hours. Self-paced trainings completed as part of the course may offer additional certificates and credits.

Trouble accessing the course or other course-related questions? Contact Seth Eckhouse at [email protected].


Health Advisory: Recent Increase in Suspected Overdose Deaths

The following is a health advisory from the Boston Public Health Commission.

October 11, 2016

Boston public safety and public health officials are joining recovery service providers in urging the public to exercise increased vigilance in promptly identifying suspected overdose patients and taking appropriate action, after Boston Police Department (BPD) recorded 16 suspected overdose deaths last month.

Signs and symptoms of fentanyl overdose are consistent with narcotic overdose and include: unconsciousness, unresponsiveness, choking or gurgling sounds, bluish or ashen skin tone, and vomiting. If you see someone you suspect to be having an overdose, call 911.

The Good Samaritan Law provides protection to people who call 911 to report drug overdoses. This law is intended to encourage people to report drug overdoses as soon as possible, even if drugs are present at the scene.

In addition to an increase in fatal overdoses, Boston is seeing a rise in the number of narcotic-related emergency medical incidents and the use of Narcan. Since the start of the calendar year, Boston EMS has responded to 2,370 incidents identified as suspected to be related to narcotic, an increase of nearly 14 percent when compared with the same time period in 2015. Of those incidents, 1,245 required administration of Narcan, a 35 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

Nationally, public health and public safety officials are seeing an increased use in synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, which can be more potent and dangerous. In June, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center issued an awareness bulletin detailing the risk associated with fentanyl, a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication with a rapid onset that is suspected to have been sold in Boston.

Fentanyl can result in quick and simultaneous overdoses in group settings. Active users are encouraged to make a safety plan, carry Narcan, and avoid using drugs alone. The majority of suspected deaths in September occurred behind closed doors, in homes or in secluded areas.

BPHC’s Overdose Education and Narcan Distribution program trains opioid users, families, and providers on how to prevent, recognize, and intervene during an opioid overdose using nasal Narcan.  Providers and residents interested in overdose prevention training can contact the BPHC Overdose Prevention Program at 617-534-5072 or visit

For information about recovery support services, residents are encouraged to call the Mayor’s 311 hotline for recovery services, the City of Boston’s confidential 24/7 referral center for addiction treatment and recovery service information.


Local Responder Attends Homeland Security Training

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Media Contact: 256-847-2316

Local Responder Attends Homeland Security Training


LAWRENCE — Emergency Responder Mark T. Munroe, from Massachusetts Region 3 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.

Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility. The COBRA is the nation’s only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.

Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.

Information about CDP training programs can be found at Visit the ‘News & Media’ tab at the top of the site to download images, share CDP training articles, and find out what others are saying about CDP training. For more information about the CDP, contact the CDP External Affairs Office, at (256) 847- 2212/2316 or e-mail [email protected]


Ongoing online courses offered through the DelValle Institute.

Below are just some of the online courses that are currently offered through the DelValle Institute.

Community Preparedness Basics: Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.
Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP): Awareness
Emergency Operations Planning (EOP): Awareness
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Planning: Awareness
Incident Command System (ICS): Just-in-Time Training
Incident Management for Hospitals
Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Triage: Awareness
Mass Dispensing Clinics: Just-in-Time Training

Be sure to check the Training Section of the OPEM Website for all courses that are available through the DelValle Institute and Local Public Health Institute.

In addition, please check out our MRC Training Calendar for upcoming MA Responds Training.

The above events, with the exception of the ongoing courses,  have been added to our HMCC calendar. Hope to see you at some of the events!