Cooperative Public Health Service

One of the 150+ Lyme Disease Prevention Signs the district has erected at parks, trails, and schools.

One of the 150+ Lyme Disease Prevention Signs the district has erected at parks, trails, and schools.

 

The Cooperative Public Health Service is a regional health department serving eleven towns in Franklin County. We work to improve the public’s health through environmental health inspections, code enforcement, education, wellness, and special programs.

The Boards of Health of the towns of Buckland, Charlemont, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden,  Rowe and Monroe share a regional Health Agent through the district. The same towns, plus Conway, Deerfield, and Shelburne, share a public health nursing program as well.

 

CPHS FY17 members by typeThe CPHS has an Oversight Board that meets monthly and is made up of local officials from each member town.

Click here for more information on the Board, including membership, meeting schedule, meeting agendas and minutes.

Health District Services

Public Health Nursing Program: Communicable Disease, Wellness Clinics

Nurse Lisa White takes a blood pressure reading at the Deerfield clinic.

Nurse Lisa White takes a blood pressure reading at the Deerfield clinic.

CPHS Public Health Nurse Lisa White provides the following services:

• State-mandated infectious disease surveillance, reporting and case monitoring, including assistance to residents and local agencies regarding the prevention and spread of disease and to assure appropriate treatment.
• Blood pressure, blood glucose and other preventative and diagnostic health screenings.
• Community vaccination clinics providing Seasonal Flu, pneumonia and tetanus/diphtheria. Home vaccination to residents in need.
• Emergency Dispensing Site and Flu Clinic coordination assistance planning,  purchasing and medical inventory
• Mercury thermometer and sharps disposal and container exchange (through a collaboration with the Franklin County Solid Waste Mgmt. District).
• Skin testing for residents and town employees at risk for Tuberculosis.

The Public Health Nurse holds walk-in clinics assisting residents of any member town  with a variety of health care needs (medication management, assessment and  monitoring of health conditions, medication information) at the following times and places:

• Every Wednesday at the Deerfield Town offices: 10 AM – 2 PM
• First Friday of each month at the Conway Town Hall on: 9 AM –12 PM.
• Second Friday of every month at the Stoughton Place Housing Development in Gill: 9 AM – 11 AM
• Fourth Tuesday of every month at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center: 10:30 AM —  12:30 PM
• Second Tuesday of every month at the Charlemont Federated Church: 10:30 AM -12  PM
• Third Tuesday of every month at the Good Neighbors Food Distribution at the Charlemont Federated Church at 5 PM.

Food Safety

CPHS Health Agent Glen Ayers conducting a food inspection

CPHS Health Agent Glen Ayers conducting a food inspection

The CPHS Regional Health Agent and Food Safety Agent work to ensure safe food for residents and visitors of our member towns through regular inspections, educational programs and policy creation. We inspect restaurants, bed and breakfasts, schools, farmers markets, home kitchens, farm stands, and temporary food establishments at fairs and festivals. The CPHS Oversight Board and each member Board of Health has adopted a food inspection policy, which can be viewed here. Information about the Massachusetts Food Protection Program can be found here, and a copy of the state food code can be found here.

Septic Systems and Private Wells

Protecting our water resources is one of the most important environmental health functions of a local board of health. The Regional Health Agent reviews septic system plans and repairs to ensure public health and safety. Several CPHS member towns have adopted local septic regulations which require witnessing of Title 5 inspections and water testing. For a copy of the CPHS local septic regulations, click here. More information on Septic Systems can be found on the DEP Septic System website. For a list of local septic system inspectors, click here.

CPHS member towns also permit new private wells to protect the drinking water of local residents. The district’s towns have adopted local private well regulations, for a copy click here. More information for private well owners can be found on the DEP Private Well website and the EPA private well website.

Community Sanitation: Camps, Pools, Housing, and Lead

Boards of Health are responsible for protecting the public health by enforcing minimum state standards for community sanitation. The CPHS issues permits, conducts inspections, and initiates enforcement activities when needed to ensure the safety of our residents. These include permits for children’s summer recreational camps, public and semi-public pools and spas, lead determinations and inspections of unsafe housing. The CPHS also inspects and issues “Certificates of Habitability” under the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP). To request an MRVP inspection, click here for an application. CPHS also licenses and inspects Motels, Lodging Houses, Bed & Breakfast operations, Campgrounds, and other short-term vacation rentals, including short-term rentals listed using on-line services such as Airbnb, FlipKey, HomeAway, and others. For a letter explaining this requirement for short-term rentals, click here. More information is available on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Community Sanitation website.