WORCESTER DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH / CENTRAL MASS REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH ALLIANCE
The Central Mass Regional Public Health Alliance is a coalition of seven municipalities (towns of Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, and the City of Worcester) working cooperatively to create a sustain a viable, cost-effective and labor-efficient regional public health district. The regional health district provides a comprehensive array of services to partner municipalities through a single organization managed by Worcester’s Division of Public Health. The inspiration to develop a regional alliance arose from the considerable disparity in size, available resources, and kinds and types of resources offered by each municipally.
The Alliance is governed by a regional council comprised of Board of Health members from each municipality, town administrators, and members of the public health staff.
WDPH/Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance works to improve the health of the community by addressing the policies, systems, and environments that inform health. By addressing policies, systems, and environments, CMRPHA staff works to prevent injury, illness, and preventable health conditions.
WDPH/CMRPHA seeks to become the healthiest region by 2020. Public health plays a critical role in creating a solid infrastructure for our community’s healthcare system. A healthy community is more than merely an absence of disease; a healthy community includes those elements that enable people to maintain a high quality of life and productivity. A healthy community has adequate services to meet the needs of people and provides a safe, healthy environment for children to grow up and thrive. Public health’s role and responsibility is to preserve the safety and promote prevention of disease in our community. Current programs include:
- Community Health Improvement Plan
- Community Health Assessment
- Mass in Motion Worcester
- Mental Health
- Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (W.A.A.S.E.)
- Youth Health Action Committee
The Environmental Health program of the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance provides housing and sanitary inspections to protect the public’s safety by ensuring sanitary conditions are upheld. Program officers are tasked with enforcing all federal, state and local environmental health regulations.
The Environmental Health program conducts routine food inspections of restaurants, grocery stores, schools, nursing homes etc. In addition, inspectors are responsible for inspecting swimming pools, beaches, tattoo, piercing and tanning facilities, and responding to complaints regarding air, noise, and odor pollution.
HEALTH & MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS
PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING