The Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition (MAPHCO) is a regional coalition of 24 Franklin County and two Hampshire County towns for public health emergency preparedness. Fully funded by a federal grant managed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, MAPHCO offers free service to 24 Franklin County and 2 Hampshire County towns. MAPHCO helps local Emergency Management Directors, Boards of Health, and volunteers with planning, training, and drills for responding to public health emergencies, such as natural disasters and outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases.
The coalition is divided into nine regional Emergency Dispensing Sites (EDS)—locations where vaccinations or other medication can be distributed in an emergency. Each EDS team must conduct quarterly call-down drills, annual site notification drills, and annual facility set up drills to ensure its people and its site are ready to respond if an emergency arises.
The full coalition, consisting of one representative from each member town, meets annually in June. Its Steering Committee, a 5-12 member subset of the full coalition, meets monthly to advise FRCOG staff on policy and to work collaboratively to enhance public health preparedness in the region.
The FRCOG is the sponsoring agency of a new 94-town Region 1 Western Massachusetts Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC). The HMCC coordinates public health and medical emergency preparedness in Region 1 (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties). Click here for Region 1 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition page
MAPHCO Elected Officials Preparedness Series (handout materials)
Zika Virus Information from the MA Department of Public Health
Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts (LPHI)
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness Learning Center
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC)
FAQ for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
Temporary Food Safety in Emergencies (presentation made by Sandra Martin of the Berkshire County Boards of Health Assn. at the May 18, 2015 MAPHCO Steering Committee meeting)
HHAN (Health & Homeland Alert Network) 101
HHAN User Guide 2013
WebEOC (MDPH) Quick User Guide 2016
Stay Safe from Local Vector-Borne Diseases. Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes and Ticks.
If you’re ready and willing to go beyond mosquito repellant and tick checks, you can take these steps in your own yard to cut down the number of these disease-carrying insects – right where you live: