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A Board of Health works to maintain and improve the quality of life in their community by ensuring safe water, air and foods. Boards of Health:

  • Enforce more 10+ state codes to ensure public health
  • Act as the licensing authority for public health permits and licenses in their community
  • Adopt, promulgate, amend, and repeal local public health regulations
  • Hear appeals, variances or waivers to state or local public health regulations
  • Conduct public health advocacy
  • Set fees for public health permits and services

FRCOG works with local BOHs to identify and address common health issues, and provides support and capacity building opportunities to members of local Boards of Health and local health department staff.

This page provides links to resources and trainings for boards of health and health departments.

infographic of the ten essential services of public health


Winter Weather Resources

Winter storms can include large snow accumulation, extremely cold temperatures, coastal flooding, beach erosion, and heavy, wet snow or ice. Extreme winter weather can shut down an entire region. It can lead to roof collapses, communications disruptions, and power outages. To minimize the dangers of winter storms, take the proper safety precautions to protect yourself and your family. Read guidance on warming centers and find more resources and tips online at

Heating Safety and Tips

Heating is a leading cause of home fires in Massachusetts. Use your home heating system and space heating appliances responsibly to keep warm and keep safe. Find more information on heating safety, in seven languages, including:

  • Essential Fire Safety Tips
  • Safe Use of Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Stoves
  • Safe Use of Space Heaters
  • Practice Carbon Monoxide Safety
Phoebe Walker headshot.

Phoebe Walker

Director of Community Health


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