Coalition for Local Public Health (CLPH)


The Coalition for Local Public Health (CLPH) consists of public health organizations dedicated to advocating for the resources needed to promote healthy communities in Massachusetts through strong Boards of Health and Health Departments. Our organizations represent over 3,000 citizens and professionals interested in supporting the Commonwealth’s local health infrastructure.


The five member organizations are: Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses; Massachusetts Environmental Health Association, Massachusetts Health Officers Association and Massachusetts Public Health Association. *Click on the logos above to learn more about member organizations.


2018 Orientation to Local Public Health
Date: Tuesday, June 19th
Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: at Devens Common Center in Devens, MA.

This orientation is for staff and governing body members from local and regional public health agencies. Attendees will gain introductory knowledge to the legal authority and history of local boards of health (LBH) as well as gain additional resources to support their work. The afternoon session will focus on LBH and substance use including opioids, tobacco, and marijuana.

Registration is free but required. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.


8:15-9:00 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:30 am: Welcoming Remarks and Program Overview
9:30-10:00 am: Brief history of Local Boards of Health and Achievements
10:00-10:15: Break and Networking
10:15-11:45: Legal Authority of Local Boards of Health
11:45-12:30: Networking and Lunch
12:30-2:30: Substance Use and Addiction Panel
2:30-3:00: Closing Remarks

If you have questions about the Orientation, please contact Melanie O’Malley at:


View: Communication Toolkit for Local Public Health Officials (2009)

View: Strengthening Local Public Health in Massachusetts (2006)

View: A Case for Improving the Massachusetts Local Public Health Infrastructure (2003)


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