Project Goals

The regionalization project's goal is to strengthen the Massachusetts public health system, by creating a sustainable regional system for equitable delivery of local public health services across the commonwealth.

Guiding Principles

  • As a voluntary initiative communities need incentives not mandates to participate.
  • Full implementation of the system will require adequate and sustained state funding.
  • One size does not fit all, different models of regional structures and operations will allow communities to cluster in ways that will meet their needs.
  • The system must respect existing legal authority of local health agencies.
  • The system will augment, not reduce the existing local public health workforce.

Practice-Based Research Network Project

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) has initiated a practice-based research network project (PBRN) in 2009 to answer the question: “What is the best process for local health departments / boards of health to use for making decisions about moving to a regional public health delivery system?". View the Massachusetts Public Health Regionalization Project, click here to see the full description of the project.