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public. (See nashoba.org)

Through our involvement in the Bioterrorism Regional Coalition we are keeping the Ashby Board of Health up-to date on matters of emergency preparedness planning. We are currently working on the town’s emergency dispensing site plan.

Response to the possible West Nile Encephalitis(WNV) surveillance effort through coordination with MDPH, through the collection of suspected bird samples, submittal to the MDPH lab, and follow-up when the lab results are obtained.

Respond to health-related impacts of beavers through coordination with the local Board of Health in the issuance of the necessary permits.

Respond to state-mandated changes in regulations requiring more frequent beach sampling through sample collection, submittal for analysis, and follow-up when results are obtained.

Providing stepped-up enforcement of public health laws through the use of the housing court system.

We look forward to continuing our work with Ashby's Board of Health. Included in highlights of 2007 are the following:

Through membership in the association, Ashby benefited from the services of the Nashoba staff including: Registered Sanitarians, Certified Health Officers, Registered Nurses, Registered Physical & Occupational Therapists, Licensed Social Workers, Nutritionists, Certified Home Health Aides, and Registered Dental Hygienists.

Reviewed 18 Title 5 state-mandated private septic system inspections for the Ashby Board of Health. Received, reviewed, and filed these state-mandated (but unfunded) Title 5 inspections. Corresponded with inspectors regarding deficiencies; referred deficient inspections to the Ashby Board of Health for enforcement action.

By the Ashby Board of Health’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!

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