CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 6:04 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:01 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Sarai Rivera
Councilor Michael T Gaffney
Councilor Philip P Palmieri
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Sarai Rivera Councilor Michael T Gaffney Councilor Philip P Palmieri
 
Also:Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Hirsh Director of Public Health Derek Brindisi Chief of Community Health Karyn Clark Assistant City Clerk Susan M Ledoux, clerk
 
1.

Communications of the City Manager

1a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Tobacco Policy Recommendations. # 12.17E CM September 16, 2014

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Speakers:
1. Joanne Colombo, Worcester resident
2. Robert George, Spencer resident
3. Taino Abegunde, Worcester resident
4. Edward Oppong, Worcester resident
5. William Breault, Worcester resident
6. Patricia Mallios, Worcester resident
7. Paul Hernandez, Worcester resident
8. Kevin Brown, Worcester resident
9. Tina Grosowski, Worcester resident
10. Dr. Philp Adamo,
11. Thomas Ward
12. Greg Seward, Leominster resident
13. Speakers name unknown

Also present:
BJ Wilson, Tobacco Control Director for the Mass Municipal Assoc. and
Cheryl Sbarra, Senior Staff Attorney for Mass. Assoc. of Health Boards.

Recommendations considered through testimony:
1. Limiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to minors
2. Increased penalties for non-compliance
3. Delegation of enforcement to hospital campus security
4. Increasing the buffer zone
5. Changing from non-criminal penalties to criminal penalties
6. Funding compliance through a revolving accounts

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager organize a meeting between the Commissioner and Director of Public Health and the Police Chief to discuss recommendations to improve compliance of the Tobacco Ordinance by increasing the penalty for violations, delegation of enforcement to hospital campus security and increasing buffer zones. Further, request the Police Chief report his opinions to City Council.

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor report the feasibility of changing the penalty for violating the Tobacco Ordinance from a non-criminal to a criminal offense and creating a revolving account to fund compliance efforts.

Request City Manager consider finding future funding for Tobacco Ordinance compliance efforts.

1b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the activities during the Month of September, National Preparedness Month. # 12.17B CM September 16, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

1c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (WAASE). # 10.17B CM August 19, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Health consider assigning an outreach worker to attend neighborhood meetings to assist the community with questions relative the sexual exploitation.

1d.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Division of Public Health Performance Management System. # 10.17B CM June 17, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

1e.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the activities of the Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant. # 8.17A CM April 08, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

1f.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Four-year Strategic Plan of the Division of Public Health and the Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance. # 8.17B CM April 08, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

1g.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Health Data Dashboard and the 1st Annual "CHIP Community Gathering and Review" to be held on February 26th at 4:30PM in the Levi Lincoln Jr. Chamber of City Hall. # 10.17C CM February 25, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

1h.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update concerning the problem of prostitution. # 8.17A CM November 12, 2013

In Committee December 23, 2013 - Held; In Committee January 30, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1i.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an Update of the Sexual Exploitation Task Force. # 10.17C CM August 20, 2013

In Committee December 23, 2013 - Held; In Committee January 30, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1j.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Community Health Improvement Plan Update. # 9.17B CM May 21, 2013

In Committee December 23, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File