Currently the Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities works with the Mass Department of Public Health, the six Regional Centers for Healthy Communities and several informal partners such as the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, As new partners join this effort their information will be added to this site.
Partner information and links:
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
• Office of Healthy Communities
• Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
• Chronic Disease and Health Promotion
Regional Centers for Healthy Communities:
Regional Centers for Healthy Communities (RCHCs) replaced the Massachusetts Prevention Centers as of July 1, 2002.
"Our mission is to provide capacity building services and resources in support of healthier communities."
The RCHCs are staffed with experts who support and promote leadership development in Community Health Network Areas (CHNA) To get more information on CHNAs including contacts and the towns included in each CHNA, please go to: http://www.state.ma.us/dph/ohc/config.htm. The primary goal of the RCHC's is to encourage leaders at local and regional levels to ensure a comprehensive, inclusive vision and plan for the health of all people.
The RCHCs provide training and technical support, and they facilitate a process for community partners across the region to work together with a focus on science-based substance abuse practices and environmental strategies.
Each RCHC has a resource library that provides, free of charge, loans of current and culturally appropriate resources including:
- Health Data
- Many of these materials are available in languages other than English
Regional Center Contact Information
Western Massachusetts Center for Healthy Communities
489 Whitney Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040
Telephone 413 540-0600 ext. 3113
(800) 850-3880 ext. 3113
Host Agency: Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Director: Jeff Harness
Central Massachusetts Regional Center for Healthy Communities
44 Front St. suite 280
Worcester, MA 01608
Telephone: (508) 438-0515
Host Agency: LUK, Inc.
Director: Vicente Sanabria
Northeast Center for Healthy Communities
1Canal St, Entrance C.
Lawrence, MA 01840
Telephone: 978 688-2323
Host Agency: Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Director: Jim Ryan
Southeast Center for Healthy Communities
942 West Chestnut St.
Brockton, MA 02301
Telephone: (508) 583-2350
651 Orchard St
New Bedford, MA 02740
Host Agency: Health of Southeastern Massachusetts
Director: Stephanie Patton
Regional Center for Healthy Communities (serving suburban Boston and Metrowest)
552 Massachusetts Ave second floor
Cambridge, MA 02139 Telephone: 617 441-0700
Host Agency: Mt. Auburn Hospital
Director: Emily Bhargava
Greater Boston Center for Healthy Communities (serving Boston, Brookline, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop)
622 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124 Telephone: 617 423-4337
Host Agency: Health Resouces in Action
Director: Tracy Desovich
Massachusetts Hospital Association
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Lahey Clinic Medical Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
Mass Coalition of Community Development Corporations