Massachusetts Large Cities Project (MLCP)

Learn about efforts of the public health leadership of the fourteen largest cities to network and share best practices in a collaborative learning environment.

The Massachusetts Large Cities Project (MLCP) was developed in December of 2016 to enhance collaboration and communication between MDPH and public health leadership of the largest Massachusetts cities.

The MLCP is a first step toward learning about the needs and opportunities to support local public health priority cities. The 14 cities selected for the project matched the definition of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 500 Cities Project, the population criteria set by Massachusetts Department of Public Health for large cities (cities with populations of 70,000 or greater), and the operational framework of the NACCHO Big Cities Health Coalition. The Massachusetts cities that meet the Massachusetts Large Cities Project (MLCP) criteria range from Framingham with a population of approximately 70,500 to Boston with a population of approximately 655,000.

The following cities are included in the MLCP:

  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • Cambridge
  • Fall River
  • Framingham
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • New Bedford
  • Newton
  • Quincy
  • Somerville
  • Springfield
  • Worcester


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