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25 Meade Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: (508) 799-8531, Fax: (508) 799-8572
Email:
health@worcesterma.gov
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Division of Public Health works to protect and improve community well-being by preventing disease and injury while promoting social, economic and environmental factors fundamental to health. It 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. Specifically, this Division endeavors to:

  • Track and investigate health problems and hazards in the community.
  • Prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.
  • Develop, apply and enforce policies, laws and regulations that improve health and ensure safety.
  • Lead efforts to mobilize communities around important health issues.
  • Link people to health services.
For information on the Zika Virus and guidelines, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Zika Virus Website, and view the Zika Virus Factsheet.

Additionally, the Division of Public Health is the lead agency of the
Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance (CMRPHA). The regional health district provides a comprehensive array of services to partner municipalities through a single organization managed by the Division of Public Health. The inspiration to develop a regional alliance arose from the considerable disparity in size, available resources, and kinds and types of resources offered by each municipality.

Reminder: to report vendors/restaurants regarding unhealthy conditions or a suspected foodborne illness or to report housing, sewage and unsanitary conditions, call Inspectional Services at (508) 799-1198.

Latest News

The latest news via the City of Worcester DPH Facebook Page.

  • The Worcester Division of Public Health is collaborating with Community Healthlink to hire a clinician for a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded grant that focuses on Spanish-speaking children aged 0 - 6 and their families in Worcester, Massachusetts. You will find the position description below. If you are interested in applying for this position or know of qualified candidates for this position, please contact Lynn Hennigan, Director of Services for Young Children at Community Healthlink, at (508) 421-4453. Community Healthlink is a partner in the Massachusetts Multi-City Young Children's Mental Health System of Care (SOC) Project, a new SAMHSA- funded grant bringing together the Commonwealth's three largest cities - Worcester, Springfield, and Boston. The goal of this project is to expand and strengthen the systems already serving young children, as well as to place well-trained early childhood mental health (ECMH) teams in each city to provide appropriate intervention for children up to age 6 and their families. The SOC ECMH Clinician employed by Community Healthlink will work with a Family Partner (FP) to provide coordinated, culturally-competent support services to families of young children (0-6 yrs) with behavioral health needs, bringing developmentally-appropriate mental health support and services to underserved populations. The Clinician will primarily provide intensive care coordination and dyadic (caregiver-child) interventions in primary care, mental health, and community settings, as well as in families' homes. Responsibilities: * Work with FP to provide family engagement and psychosocial assessment of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in clinic and in their natural environments, including identification and evaluation of complex family risk factors and caregiver mental health screening; * Collaborate regularly with FP to develop and implement comprehensive care plan for coordinated services to children and families, including community referrals; * Provide child and family interventions and caregiver/teacher/provider ECMH consultation; * Facilitate groups and special events for children, caregivers, families, and/or professionals; * Conduct outreach to primary care clinics, early education and care settings, and other community-based child and family-serving settings Qualifications: * Master's Degree or higher in social work, psychology, or related field; license preferred; * Ability to speak and write in Spanish; * Experience and extensive knowledge of mental health practices with young children and their families; * Experience working with low-income and multi-cultural communities; sensitivity to socio-economic and psycho-social stressors disproportionately impacting communities of color. * Demonstrated ability to connect and partner with culturally diverse children, caregivers, professionals, and families; * Flexibility and ability to work in fast-paced dynamic environment essential; * Excellent communication, organizational, and consultation skills; * Experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary care and an ability to work effectively with other professionals including family partners and therapeutic mentors; * Willingness to perform home and other outreach visits necessary; * Training and/or experience in the early childhood mental health field and trauma-informed interventions preferred; * PC literate with knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and internet; * Reliable transportation * To apply for the position, please visit: Community Healthlink website: http://www.communityhealthlink.org/chl/ * For more information, please call: Lynn Hennigan, Director of Services for Young Children at Community Healthlink, (508) 421-4453 - View Link - Mon 05/23/2016 08:56 AM
  • We are pleased to alert you that the video public service announcement about getting tested for STIs, developed by Worcester Public Health, Worcester Impact on Sexual Health and the Get Real Teen Council is finished and online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB_DSrIx-kA ! - View Video - Fri 05/20/2016 09:21 AM
  • Its that time again! Bay State Bike Week!!! - View Photo - Mon 05/16/2016 04:45 PM
  • Staff speaking at the second second annual Emergency Preparedness Conference, this year with a focus on Terrorism and it's effects on public health! - View Photo - Mon 05/16/2016 09:50 AM
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