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Public Health

Public Health Seal


25 Meade Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: (508) 799-8531, Fax: (508) 799-8572
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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On behalf of the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (WAASE), Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. lead A Ray of Light, a project to build a system of support for women involved in sex trafficking. A Ray of Light is a "train the trainer" model.

Your Public Health Division works to protect and improve community well-being by preventing disease and injury while promoting social, economic and environmental factors fundamental to health. This Division is the foundation of the local public health system that comprises public- and private-sector health care providers, academia, community based organizations, business, the media and other local and state governmental entities.

As a municipal public health agency we focus our efforts on the following:

  • Track and investigate health problems and hazards in the community. We gather and analyze data on the community's health to determine risks and problems. Epidemics, foodborne illnesses and hazardous conditions are identified and contained. This also includes the implementation of preventive measures to make the community safer.
  • Prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. As a result of extensive and ongoing preparation, we work to develop plans for quick and effective response to disease outbreaks and other public health events. We are trained to respond to diseases, natural disasters and acts of terrorism. We coordinate delivery of drugs, supplies and provisions to victims and populations at risk. We keep the public informed and serve as the network hub for community hospitals, physicians and other health care providers.
  • Develop, apply and enforce policies, laws and regulations that improve health and ensure safety. We create data-driven policies to meet health needs and address emerging issues within our community. We help craft sound public health policies by providing expertise to local, state and federal decision makers.
  • Lead efforts to mobilize communities around important health issues. With local and state government agencies, businesses, schools, community based organizations and the media, we can spearhead locally organized health promotion and disease prevention campaigns and projects.
  • Link people to health services.

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