HEALTH COMMITTEE

JULY 2, 2003

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 7:03 p.m.

Adjourned: 8:21 p.m.

 

Present were:†††††  Chairperson Councillor Barbara G. Haller

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Dennis L. Irish

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Juan A. Gomez

 

Also:†††††††††† ††††††††† WFD District Chief Walter Giard

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† WFD Fire Captain Maloney

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† WFD Fire Inspector Fred Cowan

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Public Health Director Frank Birch

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

 

1.†† PRESENTATION Ė Present was Matt Collins, MD, family physician and resident of 8 Rogers Drive, Worcester concerning the promotion of a Public Access Defibrillation Program.

Also present before the Committee were James Broadhurst, MD, Chairperson of the Worcester District Medical Society Public Health Committee and resident of 16 Lenox Street, Worcester and Mike Aries, Town of Natick Fire Department and a founder of the Heart Safe Community Program.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager report to the City Council with reference to how the City of Worcester might receive a designation as a Heart Safe Community, and, how such a designation might be converted into an action plan.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager report to the City Council the number of CPR trained employees of the Worcester Fire Department.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with data detailing the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in the City of Worcester over the past several year.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager ensure that a sufficient number of defibrillator units are made available at the Green Hill Golf Course.

 

††††††††† Communications of the City Manager

 

2.†††††† Relative to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health FY 2003 HIV counseling, testing and support services contract.

††††††††† #18D CMDecember 17, 2002

Recommend File

Speakers:

1.                 Edla Ann Bloom, Executive Director, AIDS Project Worcester, resident 2 Crown Street, Worcester

2.                 Suzanne Patton, representing Family Health Center, resident 16 Hapgood Road, Worcester

3.                 Kathy Pulmonville, Great Brook Valley Health Center, resident 70 Sewall Street, Boylston

4.                 Michael Mazloff, Director of Health Awareness Services of Central Massachusetts

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager obtain and forward to City Council a report on the incidence of Hepatitis C reports in the City of Worcester.

 

Chairmanís Order request City Manager forward a copy of the actions of the Health Committee meeting of July 2, 2003 to Christine Ferguson, MA Commissioner of Public Health.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with a report identifying the fourteen sites where HIV/AIDS testing is conducted and if adequate funding is still in place to continue operations.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager report to the City Council the level of HIV/AIDS funding allocated by the State to other Massachusetts cities and compare that level of funding to the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the respective locales.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager report to the City Council whether cities across the Commonwealth that have instituted needle exchange programs have found their state funding for HIV/AIDS testing reduced by the same percentage as the City of Worcester.

 

3.†††††† Relative to HIV/AIDS counseling and testing program.

††††††††† #21A CMMay 6, 2003

Recommend File

 

4.†††††† Relative to the status of Worcesterís HIV/AIDS counseling & testing program.

††††††††† #54 CCMay 27, 2003

Recommend File

 

5.†††††† Relative to drug injection packages.

††††††††† #21A CMApril 1, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

6.†††††† Relative to number of drug overdose deaths in the City.

††††††††† #20B CMMay 20, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

7.†††††† Relative to HIV/AIDS funding.

††††††††† #20A CMMay 20, 2003

Recommend File

 

8.†††††† Relative to the HIV/AIDS funding issues.

††††††††† #20A CMJune 3, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

9.†††††† Relative to the debriefing meeting for the HIV/AIDS Program.

††††††††† #23 CCJune 10, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

10.†††† Relative to HIV/AIDS funding.

††††††††† #20B CMJuly 1, 2003

Recommend Hold