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The CPHS Health District works to protect and promote public health in its 15 member towns, under the direction of the local Boards of Health. A Board of Health works to maintain and improve the quality of life in their community by ensuring safe water, housing, air and foods, and to prevent infectious and chronic diseases.

The CPHS staff serves as the comprehensive health department for the following towns: Bernardston (except Title 5), Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway (except Title 5), Gill, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Rowe, and Shelburne.

The Public Health Nurses and Community Health Educator also serve an additional three towns that have their own health agents: Ashfield, Northfield, and Erving.

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Staying warm in the winter is important! With rising costs, heating your home can be stressful. That’s where homeowners and…

  For many, the winter holiday season has a complicated relationship with the word “healthy”—either because we think we are…

Programs & Services
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Information and resources regarding COVID-19 prevention and treatment in Franklin County.

A Regional Health Inspector In Conversation With Summer Camp Staff Member.

Pools, Summer Camps, Beaver Permits and more

Boards of Health are responsible for protecting the public health by enforcing the state standards laid out in a number of  Codes.  Some of the most important public health protections…

A Picture Of One Of The Lyme Disease Prevention Signs The District Has Erected At Parks, Trails, And Schools.

Illness and Disease

Infectious diseases cause illness, suffering and even death, and place an enormous financial and emotional burden on society. In Massachusetts, infectious disease are managed through a partnership between local boards…

Corner View Of Residential Home.


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…

Outdoor Temporary Food Establishment - Caterer Making Pizzas At An Outdoor Event Under A Tent.

Food Safety

The CPHS Regional Health Agents 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…

Regional Health Agent Conducting A Septic Inspection.

Septic Systems and Drinking Water

Safe, clean drinking water is one of the most important contributions to health, but in a rural area it can be easily threatened by failing or inadequate septic systems. CPHS…

CPHS Nurse Lisa White Takes A Blood Pressure Reading At Local Clinic.

Public Health Nursing Program

The Public Health Nursing Program is part of several services within Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS), a regional health district serving fifteen Boards of Health in Franklin County.  The nurses…

Recent Publications

The CPHS has published a variety of documents regarding CPHS services and policies as well as health education resources. Here are links to the three most recent publications.

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