• Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: Tools and Resources     
    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, the pair of these one page documents outline various options for local health departments and boards to get help or responses to combatting opioid issues.
  • MA Guide to Surveillance, Reporting, and Control
    The purpose of this manual is to guide LBOHs through specific surveillance and reporting, and case investigation responsibilities for the diseases currently reportable to the MDPH.

  • MA Responds: Ready, Set, Respond

    A partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer resources to identify, credential, train, and mobilize volunteers during a health-related emergency or event.

    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
    The 2016 Profile 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 help you select and communicate quantitative data in ways lay audiences can understand.

    Public Health District Planning: Tools
    The resources found in this toolkit are intended to help communities assess opportunities for shared public health services and plan for implementation.

    Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning
    A guide that state and local jurisdictions can use to better organize their work, plan their priorities, and decide which public health preparedness capabilities they have the resources to build or sustain

    Special Commission on Local and Regional Public HealthThe Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health (SCLRPH) 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”.