The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is committed to strengthening public health capacity at the local level. MDPH staff work in more than a dozen programs across the Department to provide training, technical assistance, data, information, and other support to our local public health partners. We envision a strong partnership between state and local health as a critical strategy in our efforts to address the many challenges of public health in the 21st century.

Among the bureaus, offices and programs within the Department that support local public health, the Office of Local and Regional Health (OLRH) provides a focus for state-local public health systems coordination. The OLRH supports improvements in local public health performance and quality, promotes a skilled public health workforce, connects our local public health partners with MDPH programs, services and resources, and advances public health planning at the local level.

Working with the Massachusetts Coalition for Local Public Health (CLPH) and other stakeholders, the OLRH collaboratively addresses the needs of local boards of health and establishes priorities from among identified challenges and needs. CLPH is comprised of the five statewide public health professional associations: Massachusetts Health Officers Association, Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses, Massachusetts Environmental Health Association, and Massachusetts Public Health Association.



This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.