Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition (MAPHCO)

For COVID-19 resources, please visit the FRCOG’s COVID-19 Resources page.

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 bi-monthly to advise FRCOG staff on policy and to work collaboratively to enhance public health preparedness in the region.

MAPHCO Principles of Operation

Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) Workshop
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

Available Supplies and Equipment

The Emergency Preparedness Program now has personal protective equipment to give out to cover emergency situations and equipment that can be used for emergencies or planned events. To learn more, take a look at our Spring 2022 Resource Brochure.

MAPHCO Meeting Minutes


March 7, 2022
February 14, 2022


December 13, 2021
November 15, 2021
September 20, 2022
August 16, 2021
July 19, 2021
June 14, 2021
May 17, 2021
April 12, 2021
March 1, 2021
February 2, 2021
January 19, 2021


December 7, 2020
November 9, 2020
October 27, 2020
September 29, 2020
September 15, 2020
September 1, 2020
August 18, 2020
August 4, 2020
July 21, 2020
July 7, 2020
June 23, 2020
June 16, 2020
June 9, 2020
June 2, 2020
May 26, 2020
May 19, 2020
May 12, 2020
May 5, 2020
April 21, 2020
April 14, 2020
April 7, 2020
March 31, 2020
March 17, 2020 (JIS Comm)
March 16, 2020
March 12, 2020 (JIS Comm)
March 5, 2020 (JIS Comm)
March 2, 2020
February 26, 2020 (JIS Comm)
February 10, 2020
February 20, 2020 (JIS Workshop)

2019 Meeting Minutes
2018 Meeting Minutes

For older minutes, please contact Tracy Rogers. Meeting agendas are posted on the Meetings & Events calendar on the date of the meeting.