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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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.
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.
The latest news via the City of Worcester DPH Facebook Page.
- Check out our City Manager, The Distric Attorney, and The Division of Public Health answering telegram readers questions live on the opioid epidemic: - View Video - Tue 02/14/2017 04:04 PM
- Please check out this awesome story from our partners Rainbow Child Development Center
Garden of Gratitude
Two years ago, Rainbow established their first vegetable garden called a "Garden of Gratitude". Rainbow leveraged partnerships with the Regional Environmental Council (REC), Technical High School, UMass and the City of Worcester Depart-ment of Public Works, to supply materials and bring the garden to life. UMass donated a vegetable bed, Worcester Tech students built the structure for the raise beds, City of Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks provided the soil and REC assisted in spreading the mulch.
Since its establishment, the Garden of Gratitude has served as the corner stone for the Center's health and nutrition initiatives. Fresh tomatoes, peppers, sum-mer squash, and broccoli has filled the raised beds which are prominently placed in the front of the Center. Children's hands-on gardening has enriched the Center's curriculum by improving students' interest in learning and encouraging families to make healthy food choices.
Rainbow's on-site chef prepares healthy meals filled with fresh from the garden, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broc-coli, and summer squash. Daily snacks are "whole grain-rich", a fruit, a vegetable, or a protein-rich food.
Teachers nutrition lessons are reinforced with working in the vegetable garden. The impact of the garden has been positive and has helped strengthen the message of five fruits and vegetables daily. Students no longer hesitate to taste the new vegetables prepared by the Center's chef. Rather, they take great pride in their vegetable garden and are excited to eat fresh garden tomatoes, peppers, brocco-li, spinach, summer squash, kale, and basil that they planted, tended to and harvested.
Healthy Incentive Program (HIP)
Beginning in April 2017, HIP will match SNAP recipients' purchases of local fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile mar-kets and CSAs-statewide, with cus-tomers receiving an instant, dollar-for-dollar match credited to their EBT card at the point of sale. For more info on HIP:
CHIP In Orientation
There will be series of CHIP In orien-tations over the next couple of months. If you are a bit confused about the Greater Worcester Com-munity Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) or the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester and would like to learn more about how you can be involved, or to register for one of the upcoming orienta-tions:
For more information on the CHIP,
http://www.worcesterma.gov/ocm/public-health/community-health/chip-cha - View Link - Mon 01/30/2017 04:58 PM
- http://www.telegram.com/news/20170127/free-program-on-mental-illness-offered-in-worcester - View Link - Fri 01/27/2017 10:33 AM
- News from the WISH Task Force:
The Latino Education Institute (L.E.I) at Worcester State University is offering training this Saturday, Jan. 21st.
Promoting Healthy Relationships: Sexual Health and You
More information at: http://wishtaskforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/LEI_Promoting_health_Family-Academy.pdf - View Link - Fri 01/20/2017 09:03 AM