18th Annual Certificate Program
Nov. 2, 2013 Marlborough Holiday Inn, Nov.16th Taunton Holiday Inn
Registration begins at 8 am: pick and choose workshops from three concurrent tracks: Governance, Environmental/Community Health & Public Health Preparedness
2013 Program is under development. Last year's program is listed below for reference.
GovernanceCommunity Health and Emergency Preparedness
8:45 – noon – Orientation for New Board Members, Part 1 & 2 - This double session is essential for new board members. It covers an overview of public health principles, history and legal authority, and ends with mock BOH hearings which enable board members to relax and have fun while testing their skills. Marcia Benes, MAHB Executive Director; Cheryl Sbarra, MAHB Senior Staff Attorney and Charlie Kaniecki, DPH W. Mass District Health Officer.
Noon – 1:00 – Networking Buffet Lunch and MAHB Business Meeting – This is an opportunity to meet other board members from across the Commonwealth, ask questions of MAHB and meet MAHB Executive Board Members.
1:00 – 2:30 Public Health Case Law Foreclosures, Abandoned Housing and Evictions – MAHB Senior StaffAttorney Cheryl Sbarra will explore the legal implications of the housing market collapse for local boards of health.
15 minute Break
2:45 – 4:00 BOH Funding Options and Finances- MAHB Attorneys Joan Langsam J.D. , Cheryl Sbarra J.D., and Donna Lazorik RN MS, MDPH Immunization Program – This session will explore funding opportunities for local boards of health, including fines and ticketing, sharing resources and vaccine reimbursements.
8:45-10:00 National Library of Medicine Health Information Resources - Hathy Simpson, MPH; Public Health Information Specialist; Content Manager for PHPartners.org National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER); University of Massachusetts Medical School – Learn how to find trusted health information for patients, families and providers on MedlinePlus.gov, how to use National Library of Medicine web sites and databases for environmental health and toxicology and locate information for the public health workforce on PHPartners.org
15 minute Break
10:15-12:00 - Using Technology to Increase Productivity and Better Protect your Community, Darren Mackiewicz, GISP Principal, MCD East Spatial Applications Group Leader, Project Manager, CDM Smith Learn how cloud computing, tablets and special applications can improve productivity and assist your workforce.
Networking LUNCH - Special Guest Speaker – Marlboro date only – MDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell
1:00-2:30- Livestock Issues and Public Health- Brad Mitchell, Director of Government Relations, Mass Farm Bureau Federation; Explore some of the ongoing trends relative to conflicts between BOHs and agriculture in MA. Information will be presented regarding appropriate regulatory models and resources on Best Management Practices in agriculture.
15 minute break
2:45-4:00 - Managing Waste Organic Material – Panel of Experts and Advocates including John Fischer, Chief of the Commercial Recycling Branch, MassDEP; Lynn Pledger, Clean Water Action; Jordan Peccia, Associate Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering Yale University; Ned Beecher, N.E. Biosolids
8:00-10:00 -The Future Landscape of Public Health Nurses: Weather, Weight and Wormholes...The Effect of Environment on the Populations We Serve. - Kitty Mahoney RN, BSN, Framingham Health Department
15 minute break
10:15-12:00- Responding to Emergencies: Board of Health Essentials: Paul D. Biddinger MD FACEP & Dorothy Bernard MPH & Dauksewicz Benjamin MA The Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC) and the Emergency Preparedness & Response Exercise Program (EPREP), Harvard University
1:00-2:30 - Fires, Floods, Tornados, Cemeteries Afloat and Overturned Milk trucks- A year of disasters - Lessons for Boards of Health - Charlie Kaniecki MDPH Western Mass District Health Officer
15 minute break
2:45-4:00 - Mass in Motion Initiative -Nov 3, Donna Salloom, Community Liaison, Division of Preention and Wellness, MDPH, Mary Giannetti, Director, Nutrition and Wellness Energy Services, Montachusett Opportunity Council Nov. 10 - Josefine Wendel, MS, RD, Cambridge Public Health Department, Pauline Hamel, New Bedford Mass in Motion
Support for this program has been provided by the New England Alliance for Public Health Workforce.
The Massachusetts Public Health Nurses Association (MAPHN) will be providing 5.7 credit hours for nursing CEUS for this program. MAHB will also have CMEs for MDs in partnership with Sturdy Memorial Hospital, and will be offering Registered Sanitarian, Certified Health Officer and pharmacist CEUS.
Cost per person is $99 for MAHB members, $200 for non-members. Scholarships are available upon request
Comments from Previous Program Evaluations
It was so informative especially to someone that is new to the BOH
just wanted to thank all of you for the day, I have been on the board for 6 months and finally have some answers and a foundation to build on. please thank all involved
I attended the training today in Taunton. It was very well run, good information and good presenters.
That was a very enjoyable meeting. Thanks for your excellent work.
The whole day was informative. The facility was comfortable and the food was perfect. See you again next time! Thank you.
Another great program. Thanks for a great day.
I've been a BOH member for 5+ years - I always learn from the "new BOH members" seminar.
This was great info for me as a new board member. Thank you very much.
This is a big help in focusing my attention on the job before me. Recommend this be required of all new members.
Who Should Attend? This program is designed for board of health members. The materials covered
will also be valuable for board agents, secretaries, public health nurses
and other office staff, consultants, and individuals considering appointment
or election to the board of health.
Why a Certificate Program?
The intent of the training and certificate program is to present a voluntary educational program to local board of health members. The certificate program will give members the skills necessary to adequately perform their duties and fulfill their responsibilities in their respective towns and cities. By reaching this goal, local health boards in Massachusetts will be run by individuals with a common foundation and knowledge of important public health issues and topics.
What is the Certificate Program?
By providing local board of health members throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with training regarding the Guidebook, their understanding of public health issues and policy will improve. Board of health members will be better able to serve their towns and communities.
The Certificate program is designed with three tracks Governance, Environmental Health and Community Health, including Emergency Preparedness. Topics cover a wide range of current issues. There is also an Orientation session for new board members.
To provide individual board of health (BOH) members
the basic knowledge to perform their statutory duties.
To certify BOH members who have proven their mastery of the orientation & advanced programs.
To develop standards and improve the practice of boards of health (BOH) members by identifying individuals who have successfully completed the educational criteria established by the steering committee.
To maintain a recognition program encouraging members to gain certification by improving skills and knowledge in accordance with the standards set forth in the Guidebook.
To create a better public understanding of the Boards of Health; to develop state-wide acceptance and application of the Board of Health practices.
To establish reasonable standards for Boards of Health.