The Greenfield Health Department has been awarded a grant totaling $1.5 million over five years to strengthen shared services with surrounding communities. The Public Health Excellence for Shared Services Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will expand Greenfield’s inter-municipal partnership to include Leverett and Shutesbury and strengthen its existing ties with Deerfield, Montague and Sunderland.
The grant will fund additional public health nurses, inspectors and support personnel. It will also allow for technology upgrades, such as unified software, portable tablets and printers to streamline and improve the efficiency of health inspections.
“I am honored that the Department of Public Health recognizes the professionalism of the Greenfield Health Department and its abilities to assist neighboring communities,” said Mayor Roxann Wedegartner. “Adding two towns to our partnership will make us stronger together.”
“This is the logical next step to build on our successful COVID-19 contact-tracing partnership with Deerfield, Montague and Sunderland,” said Greenfield Health Director Jennifer Hoffman. “The Health Department is excited to work with surrounding communities to promote public health and education initiatives that will result in a healthier Franklin County.”
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Office of Local and Regional Health promotes and supports development of inter-municipal shared service agreements that contribute to improvements in local public health capacity. By pooling resources, functions and expertise, a consortium of cities and towns, especially those that are smaller, can improve compliance with statutory and regulatory mandates and expand the public health protections and services to residents.