Who We Are:
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 and 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 municipality.

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.

The mission of the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance is to improve, promote, and protect the health and safety of residents in participating Massachusetts municipalities through the formation of strong community and acadmic partnerships, data-driven decision-making, and delivery of high quality public health services.

The Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance will be a nationally recognized model for an efficient, effective, and equitable regional public health system in the healthiest region in New England.

Guiding Principles

Fulfill all statutory responsibilities, enforce laws, and assure compliance with regulations that protect the public’s health and ensure safety

Adopt and integrat the Insitute of Medicine’s three core public health functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance and the Ten Essentials of Public Health as the framework for a systems approach to carrying out public health functions

Provide leadership to foster collaboration and coordination among the many partners in the region’s public health system

Promote and advocate for policies, programs, and practices that advance health equity and contribute to the elimination of health disparities

Engage and include residents, community and health care providers, academics, business owners, faith leaders, the media, and government officials in public health improvement efforts, including assessing public health needs and resources, setting priorities, planing interventions, and evaluating effectiveness and progress

Basic public health policy, practice, priorities, and evaluation on evidence and science; use a population-based approach to determine public health needs and effectiveness of interventions

Utilize performance measures to improve and sustain high quality employees and a public health department committed to continuous quality improvement

Create an organization committed to being at the forefront of public health learning through the formation of academic partnerships and investment in the public health workforce

What We Do:
“Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.”

The Alliance works to protect and improve community well-being by preventing disease and injury by promoting social, economic and environmental factors fundamental to health. The local helth department is the foundation of the local public health system that comprises public- and private-sector health care providers, academia, community based organizations, business, the media and other local and state governmental entities.