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ASHBY ANNUAL REPORT 1998

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health continues to serve the local Board of Health in meeting the challenges of environmental and public health needs in Ashby. In 1998 particular efforts were made to improve service in the Environmental Division while adjusting to changes in the Nursing Division created by national trends in health care. We look forward to continuing our work with Ashby's Board of Health. Included in highlights of 1998 are the following:

  • - Represented Ashby and other local Nashoba Boards as elected member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB), the only statewide professional association representing local boards of health.

    - Represented Ashby other local Nashoba Boards as invited member to the inaugural 12/16/98 meeting of the Local Health Institute sponsored by the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Local Health Coordinating Council for the purpose of defining the public health role on local boards of health in planning for the future.

    - Maintained oversight responsibility for Ashby Board of Health for review of 23 Title 5 state mandated private Septic System Inspections (83 since 3/95, 76% passed). Filed and reviewed 868 state mandated (but unfunded) Nashoba area Title 5 inspections in 1998. (Total 3520 since 3/95).

    - Installed voice mail in Environmental Division to facilitate improved communication between Sanitarians and clients while freeing up Secretarial time for Title 5 research, data entry, and other tasks.

    - Installed internal NT based computer network for Sanitarians use for improved internal communication and improved client response.

    - Improved utility of Nashoba webpage to include improved staff contributions to content and local Boards' access to Nashoba administrative business. (see nashoba.org homepage)

    - Continued Dental Program in Local Schools. Together with Paula Brodie, Director of Nursing, represented local Boards at Rural/Local Health Forum 12/9/98 sponsored by the DPH, DEP, and the Local Health Coordinating Council where Dental Program was lauded as local public health model.

  • - Sustained level local funding of Nashoba for tenth year in a row!

    By Ashby's continued participation in the Association you can shape your future local public health programs and share in the benefits of quality service at a reasonable cost!

    TOWN OF ASHBY

  • Environmental Health Department
  • Environmental Information
  • Local Office Days....................... 98

  • Food Service Licenses & Inspections.......... 33

    Food Service Consultations................... 27

    Beach/Camp/School Inspections................. 6

    Housing & Nuisance Investigations............ 8

    Septic System Test Applications............. 60

    Septic System Lot Tests................ 68

  • Septic System Plan Applications............. 20

    Plan Reviews.......................... 42

    Septic System Permit Applications........... 38

    Septic System Inspections.............. 102

  • Septic System Consultations............ 95
  • Septic System Upgrades...................... 25

    Septic System Upgrade Activities............ 91

    Well Permits................................. 33

  • Water Quality/Well Consultations............. 35

    Rabies Clinics - Animals Immunized........... 22

  • Nashoba Nursing Service

  • Nursing Visits.............................. 494
  • Hospice Visits.............................. 250

  • Physical Therapy Visits..................... 49
  • Occupational Therapy Visits................. 27

    Medical Social Work Visits.................. 7

  • Home Health Aide Visits..................... 500
  • Health Promotion Clinic

    & Support Group Visits................ 281

    Dental Health Department

    Nashoba Program (Historically Funded Through Environmental Assessment)

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  • Examination, Cleaning & Fluoride - Grades K, 2 & 4

    Students Eligible...................... 161

  • Students Participating................. 82
  • Referred to Dentist.................... 8

    Instruction - Grades K, 1 & 5

    Number of Programs..................... 6

    Students Participating ................ 138