The North Quabbin Health Collaborative was founded through an agreement between the Town of Orange, Massachusetts and the Towns of New Salem, Warwick, Wendell and Petersham, in which the Lead Municipality (Town of Orange) provides Cooperative Public Health Services.
Pursuant to M.G.L. Ch. 40 Sec. 4A the Towns have authority to enter into an Agreement for the sharing of public health services by creating a common health service program, known as the Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS) in order to improve local public health capacity and access to trained and experienced public health professionals and to meet community and regional responsibilities. The Collaborative agreement was officially signed by all five member towns on April 11, 2022.
The regional service currently provides for its member towns:
Covid-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing
Reportable Disease Monitoring and outreach
Public Health Educational Events
Public Health Clinics
More services are coming in the future.
This program is entirely paid for by Regional, State and Federal Grants.