Massachusetts Public Health Excellence Grant Program
The Office of Local and Regional Health promotes and supports the development of inter-municipal shared service agreements (cross-jurisdictional sharing) that contribute to improvements in local public health capacity. By pooling resources, functions, and expertise, a consortium of cities and towns, especially those that are smaller or less prosperous, can improve compliance with their statutory and regulatory mandates and expand the public health protections and services they offer residents.
OLRH staff offers technical assistance to local public health officials in Massachusetts who are interested in exploring or currently participating in cross-jurisdictional sharing.
The following resources provide helpful information for exploring cross-jurisdictional sharing:
- The Center for Sharing Public Health Services provides access to tools, techniques, expertise and resources that support collaboration and sharing across boundaries. The Center offers a Roadmap to Develop Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Initiatives and assistance to public health departments to be better able to protect and promote the health of the people they serve.
- The State Action for Public Health Excellence (SAPHE) Program currently enables 79 Massachusetts cities and towns to plan for or to expand cross-jurisdictional sharing to improve local public health effectiveness and efficiency.
- The report of the federally-funded Public Health District Incentive Grant (PHDIG) Program (PDF) | (DOCX) documents the planning, implementation, lessons learned, and sustainability of five pilot, incentive-based local public health districts in Massachusetts from 2011 to 2015.
- The Massachusetts Public Health Regionalization Project site was hosted by the Boston University School of Public Health until September 2020. If you are looking for specific documents, please email the Office of Local and Regional Health at localRegionalPublicHealth@mass.gov.
Public health districts and shared services in Massachusetts
Some Massachusetts cities and towns are organized in public health districts or other formal arrangements for sharing of local public health services. About 1.5 million Massachusetts residents (about 23% of the Massachusetts population) receive local public health services through fifteen groups of two or more municipalities (total of 117 cities and towns; many of these municipalities are rural). In contrast, over 75% of Massachusetts residents are served by standalone local public health authorities in 234 municipalities. The 15 districts or other shared services arrangements are listed here in alphabetical order.
|Public Health District or Other Shared Services Arrangement||Municipalities||Contact|
|Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment||Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouth||Sean O'Brien
|Berkshire Public Health Alliance||Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Lanesborough, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, North Adams, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, Windsor||Laura Kittross
|Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance||Grafton, Holden, Millbury, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, Worcester||Karyn Clark
|Cooperative Public Health Service - Franklin Regional Council of Governments||Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Northfield, Rowe, Shelburne||Phoebe Walker
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|Eastern Franklin County Health District||Erving, Northfield, Shutesbury||Claudia Lucas
|Foothills Health District||Goshen, Westhampton, Whately, Williamsburg||Mark Bushee
|Melrose-Wakefield||Melrose, Wakefield||Ruth L Clay
|Montachusett Public Health Network||Athol, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Hubbardston, Leominster, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Sterling, Templeton, Westminster, Winchendon||Stephen Curry
|Nashoba Associated Boards of Health||Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow, Townsend||James Garreffi
|North Shore Shared Public Health Services||Beverly, Danvers, Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem, Swampscott||David Greenbaum
|North Suffolk Public Health Collaborative||Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop||Kim Hanton
|Quabbin Public Health District||Belchertown, Pelham, Ware||Stephen Bell
|Tri-Town Health Department||Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge||James Wilusz