19th Annual Certificate Program will be held Nov 1, 2014 at the Taunton Holiday Inn and Nov. 15, 2014 at the Marlboro Holiday Inn
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
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.Presentation part 1;
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.
–2:30 Marijuana Law and Local Public Health– MAHB Senior Staff Attorney Cheryl Sbarra
15 minute Break
2:45 – 4:00 Tobacco in Apartment buildings - Cheryl Sbarra & Chris Bantham.
Community and Environmental Health
8:45-10:00 Introducing SEARCH Well Private Well Database - Stephen Hallem, DEP Presentation
15 minute Break
10:15-12:00 - BoH Authority over Waste Issues - Panel Discussion Suzanne Cordes; South Hadley Board of Health; Susan Rowe: Hingham Health Agent, Moderated by James Doucette, DEP
noon - 1:00 Networking LUNCH and MAHB Annual Business Meeting
1:00-2:30- Tuberculosis: A New Look at an Old Bug - Pat Iyer MSN, R.N. B.S.N.
8:45-10:00-The Role of Social Media in Emergencies - Kitty Mahoney RN, BSN, Framingham Health Department Handouts
15 minute break
10:15-12:00- Lessons of Hurricane Sandy- Paul D. Biddinger MD FACEP & Benjamin Dauksewicz MA The Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC) and the Emergency Preparedness & Response Exercise Program (EPREP), Harvard University Presentation
1:00- 4:00 (with 15 minute break at 2:30) Be Prepared for the Worst Emergencies: Mass Fatality Family Assistance Center Operations for the Public Health Community Presentation
Perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of a mass fatality response is the Mass Fatality Family Assistance Center (MF FAC) operation. Public health officials consistently comment on their limited experience in the area of mass fatality response and planning, and in particular, MF FAC operations. This session will discuss MF FAC operations; how the MF FAC fits into the overall mass fatality response, how the type of mass fatality will dictate the specific MF FAC operations, the various functions typically found in an MF FAC, and explain the life cycle of a MF FAC.
Preparation is the key in providing local communities with well-coordinated, timely, and respectful MF FAC operations. Since a mass fatality incident can occur anywhere in the United States at anytime, it is imperative that public health departments have a working knowledge of MF FAC operations. The purpose of “Be Prepared for the Worst Emergencies: Mass Fatality Family Assistance Center Operations for the Public Health Community” is to provide fundamental information needed by all health departments in their pre-planning and positioning for an efficient and effective mass fatality response.
This session will illustrate how the MF FAC is a part of the identification of human remains process including:
- How MF FAC operations may differ based on the type of mass fatality
- Identification of the “truly missing” verses those that have been temporarily displaced
- Ante-mortem data collection
- The various components of a MF FAC operation (reception/security, data intake/management, information management, call center, forensic capabilities, family affairs, support services)
- The life cycle of a MF FAC operation (start-up/surge, steady state, and transition).
Presenters: Dr. Amanda Sozer received much recognition for her contributions to the forensic industry during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. She has served on numerous committees and panels in an advisory capacity. Dr. Sozer facilitated the writing of the AABB Guidelines for Mass Fatality DNA Identification Operations, and is currently an advisory member of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on Disaster Victim Identification (SWGDVI) Data Management Committee. She has written strategic plans and mass fatality response plans for a number of organizations in the U.S. and around the world and is a speaker at international mass fatality meetings and NTSB mass fatality trainings.
Mr. Arbie Goings specializes in family assistance operations, with more than 10 years of experience in mass fatality work. His career includes many notable achievements such as 9/11, American Airlines flight 587, Comair flight 5191, Continental Airlines flight 3407, and the Columbia Space Shuttle search operations. Mr. Goings has also worked on several hurricane relief efforts, including Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike. Mr. Goings’ extensive contributions to numerous mass fatality incidents have earned him industry-wide recognition.
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.