Berkshire Public Health Alliance Public Health Nurse Program
The Berkshire Public Health Alliance consists of 21 communities in Berkshire County that developed the Alliance with support from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. CIC funds were used to develop a regional public health nursing program.
Funding Amount: $47,500
Participating entities: Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (Lead); Towns of Adams, Alford, Becket, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egrement, Great Barrington, Hancock, Lanesbourough, Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, North Adams, Peru, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Windsor
Franklin County Cooperative Public Health Service
Led by the FRCOG, these towns worked together to develop a regional public health district organized under Chapter 40, Section 4a. The program is governed by an oversight board and employs a fully credentialed health agent and a registered public health nurse.
Funding Amount: $119,375
Participating entities: Franklin Regional Council of Governments (Lead); Towns of Buckland, Charlemont, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Heath, and MonroeFranklin County Cooperative Final Report file size 1MB
Hampden County Health Alliance
This program utilizes and strengthens existing capacities and offers applicant communities’ services they would not otherwise be able to provide, including a health educator, supervised MAVEN (Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network), training and administration, public health nursing services, a computer lab training site, and a community health assessment. The assessment is essential to improving the poor health indicators per Hampden County’s ranking in the state, and participating process in conjunction with work being done by the Department of Public Health’s District Incentive Grant. PVPC applied for this program last year. After not receiving funding, they worked with MDPH to propose a program that would work for their region.
Funding Amount: $45,000
Participating entities: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (Lead); Cities of Holyoke and Springfield; Towns of Westfield, West Springfield, Blandford, Granville, Ludlow, Palmer, and Southwick
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Final Report file size 1MB
Local Boards of Health On-Line Tobacco Retailer Certification Program
The Tri-Town Health Department is the only regional public health department in Berkshire County. Comprised of three communities, the department was established in 1929 and has managed several public health grant initiatives. From 2005 to 2007, the illegal tobacco sales to minors within a 12 town area was an average 44 sales per year and of those sales, 100% of the stores received a fine and 40% received a suspension to their tobacco license. The Tri-Town department worked with collaborative partners to create the Tobacco Retailer Subcommittee, which was tasked to examine and review current board of health regulations and its efficacy, determine the reason why illegal tobacco sales were increasing, and explore options. Funding will allow for the expansion and conversion of the existing “Certified Tobacco Retailer Clerk” training to an innovative, interactive, and user friendly web-based program.
Funding Amount: $25,250
Participating entities: Towns of Lee (Lead), Lenox, and Stockbridge
Lee Final Report file size 2MB file size 2MB
Provision of Electronic Food Inspections
Over the last several years, these three Metrowest Towns lost, due to budget cuts, part time food inspectors. This time consuming task fell to the directors of public health in each community. The grant allows for the purchase of tablets and wireless printers that are shared by the communities and that allow them to perform inspections in a timely fashion.
Funding amount: $15,000
Participating entities: Towns of Ashland (Lead), Medway, and Hopkinton