Mr. Seth Eckhouse, senior program manager of Public Health Practice at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), and Ms. Kathleen MacVarish, director of practice programs at the Activist Lab and associate professor of the practice at BUSPH, have received an award from the Massachusetts Health Officers Association (MHOA) for their work on the Massachusetts Public Health Inspector Training: Housing (MA PHIT) course, now in its 10th year.
Course instructors Ms. Amy Riordan and Mr. Paul Halfmann, environmental analyst and assistant director of the Department of Public Health’s Community Sanitation Program (CSP), respectively, also received the award, which was presented during the MHOA Annual Conference November 14-16 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
The PHIT course provides standardized training to public health and housing officials on housing-related laws and regulations. It is offered through the BUSPH-led New England Public Health Training Center and the Local Public Health Institute, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Mr. Eckhouse is the course administrator, while Ms. MacVarish, an initiator of the course in 2009, oversees course development with input from the instructors.
Ms. MacVarish says she is proud of the course because it allows for uniform application of the housing code across the Commonwealth. “The award demonstrates the commitment and partnerships of the Activist Lab, the MHOA, and CSP, all working together for the good of the residents of Massachusetts,” she says.
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