The Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health was established in August 2016 (Chapter 3 of the Resolves of 2016) to “assess the effectiveness and efficiency of municipal and regional public health systems and to make recommendations regarding how to strengthen the delivery of public health services and preventive measures”.
The Commission includes 8 appointees by the Governor, representatives of 9 named organizations including the Massachusetts Public Health Regionalization Working Group, each of the member organizations of the Coalition for Local Public Health, the Western Massachusetts Public Health Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Chaired by the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Commission also includes representatives of 3 other Executive Branch agencies and 4 designees of legislative leadership.
Five subcommittees (Data, Standards, Structure, Workforce Credentials, and Finance) are charged with reviewing and making recommendations to the Commission.
In May 2018, the Commission released its Status Report to solicit public input through a series of listening sessions and a written comment period.
- Status Report (May 2018) of the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health PDF (Doc)
- Listening sessions schedule PDF (Doc)
Written comments may be submitted until 5:00 p.m. on June 20, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agendas of meetings of the Commission and its subcommittees are posted on the Upcoming Meetings of the Special Commission for Local and Regional Public Health.
Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health Members
(Updated as of May 23, 2018)
|Department of Public Health||Commissioner Monica Bharel|
|Executive Office of Administration and Finance||Sean Cronin|
|Department of Environmental Protection||C. Mark Smith|
|Department of Agricultural Resources||Lorraine O’Connor|
|Research/Academic Institution||Justeen Hyde|
|Community Health Center||Maria Pelletier|
|Hospital System||David McCready|
|Municipality >50,000||Sharon Cameron|
|Public Health District (at least one town <5,000)||Phoebe Walker|
|At Large||Carmela Mancini|
|Senate President||Senator Jason M. Lewis|
|Senate Minority Leader||Senator Richard J. Ross|
|Speaker of the House||Representative Steven Ultrino|
|House Minority Leader||Representative Hannah Kane|
|Massachusetts Municipal Association||Kevin Mizikar|
|Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation||Eileen McAnneny|
|Massachusetts Public Health Association||Bernard Sullivan|
|Massachusetts Health Officers Association||Sam Wong|
|Massachusetts Association of Health Boards||Cheryl Sbarra|
|Massachusetts Environmental Health Association||Steve Ward|
|Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses||Terri Khoury|
|Western Massachusetts Public Health Association||Laura Kittross|
|Massachusetts Public Health Regionalization Working Group||Harold Cox|