Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: Tools and Resources for Local Boards of Health
Developed by the Office of Local and Regional Health and the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, both part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, this document outlines various resources for combatting opioid issues.
- MA Guide to Surveillance, Reporting, and Control
The purpose of this handbook is to guide local boards of health through specific surveillance, reporting, and case investigation responsibilities for diseases currently reportable to MDPH.
- MA Responds: Ready, Set, Respond
MA responds is an online registration system for public health, health care, and emergency response volunteers.
- Manual of Laws and Regulations Relating to Boards of Health (PDF)
This manual provides a broad overview of the various responsibilities of local boards of health in Massachusetts, and serves as a tool for local officials to quickly reference state laws.
- NACCHO The National Profile of Local Health Departments
This study provides a comprehensive look at local health department governance, funding, workforce, programs and services, including those related to emergency preparedness, quality improvement, accreditation, access to healthcare services, policymaking, and information technology.
- National Cancer Institute, Making Data Talk: A Workbook
This workbook provides an overview of the main points contained in the book Making Data Talk: Communicating Public Health Data to the Public, Policy Makers, and the Press. The goal of the workbook is to assist in selecting and communicating quantitative data in ways lay audiences can understand.
- Public Health District and Shared Service Planning Tools
The resources found in this toolkit are intended to help communities assess opportunities for shared public health services, and plan for implementation.
- CDC, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities: National Standards for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Public Health
Guidance for state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to organize their work and plan their priorities for building and sustaining public health preparedness capabilities.
- Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health
- The Special Commission was established in August 2016 (Chapter 3 of the Resolves of 2016) to “assess the effectiveness and efficiency of municipal and regional public health systems and to make recommendations regarding how to strengthen the delivery of public health services and preventive measures.”
Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.