Montachusett Public Health Network

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Montachusett Public Health Network

This Community Health Assessment is designed to provide information and analysis relative to health status, issues, concerns, and assets of the communities that form the Montachusett Public Health Network (MPHN).  The assessment includes the 11 cities and towns served by the MPHN: Athol, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Sterling, Templeton and Westminster and Community Health Connections in Fitchburg, Leominster and Gardner.  In addition to providing a picture of the communities’ health, this Assessment meets contractual requirements for the Public Health District Incentive Grants (PHDIG) awarded to local public health districts by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and funded through the CDC National Public Health Improvement Initiative.  The PHDIG program is intended to permanently strengthen the local public health infrastructure in Massachusetts by taking maximum advantage of limited resources to protect population health, prevent injury and disease and promote healthy behaviors through policy change and service delivery at the regional level.

The MPHN contracted with the Joint Coalition on Health of North Central Massachusetts (JCOH) to conduct this assessment. The JCOH was formed in 1998 and is a group of committed individuals and organizations working collaboratively as catalysts for change and advocates for the under-served to improve the health and well-being of everyone in North Central Massachusetts. The JCOH subcontracted with LUK Crisis Center, Inc. to conduct the qualitative portion of the assessment including Focus Groups and Key Informant Interviews.

The stated goal of the MPHN is “raising the health status of the residents of our communities to the highest levels anywhere in the country”.  Previous community health assessments, including the Community Health Assessment of North Central Massachusetts together with reports by the Department of Public Health, identified elevated levels of drug abuse, obesity and suicide among the residents of the MPHN communities. These conditions not only have an immediate adverse impact on health status, but also have downstream effects that can linger for years, compromising the lives of entire families. As a result, the MPHN decided to make a concentrated effort to study these conditions in this community health assessment.

The MPHN meets monthly and is committed to making the Montachusett Region the Healthiest region in Massachusetts.  Meetings are usually held the 3rd Wednesday of the Month in a member community.

MPHN Staffing:

Jessica Miller, R.N., B.S.N,  Regional Public Health Nurse
Rita McConville, Regional Sanitary Inspector

Check out the MPHN CommunityHealth Assessment

The City of Fitchburg Board of Health is the lead agency of a PHDIG totaling $325,000 over a period of 4 years. 

PHDIG Regionalization project