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Board Members:

Nancy Langman
Island Counseling Center
Martha's Vineyard Community Services
111 Edgartown Rd
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Ed Perlak
Berkshire Health Systems
Hillcrest Campus
165 Tor Court
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Rebecca Bialecki
North Quabbin Community Coalition
427 Main St.
Athol, MA 01331

Ex Officio
Cathleen McElligot
180 Beaman St
West  Boylston, MA 01583

Michael Grimmer
Vice President and CEO
Heywood Hospital
242 Green St
Gardner, MA 01440

Bryan Ayars
Community Health Programs
444 Stockbridge Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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News & Events:
  • National Rural Health Day in Massachusetts

    Key Messages for National Rural Health Day in Massachusetts!

    • Massachusetts Rural Communities are Wonderful Places to Live and Work, From the Berkshires to the Islands.
    • Massachusetts Rural Communities are Wonderful Places for Health Care Collaboration and Innovation.
    • There are unique challenges to developing and providing health care services in rural Massachusetts, but there are many good things happening to improve both access and quality of care

    Massachusetts Rural Towns…

    ...are hill towns, river towns, farming and forested areas, and seacoast and Island communities, offer diverse economic, cultural, and recreational opportunities, posess a strong sense of community where everyone has a voice, provide of with a wealth of products and services (natural resouces, farm commodities, clean energy options, tourism/recreation, educational opportunities, and specialty manufactured items), can offer an outstanding quality of life!

    Health Care Facilties in Rural Massachusetts…

    Have a rich history of creativity and ingenuity,

    Offer holistic, comprehensive, patient-centered approach to services,

    Are typically the economic foundation of their communities—every dollar spent on rural hospitals generates at least $2.20 for the local economy!

    Learn more!

    • Celebrate National Rural Health Day In Massachusetts! Here's How...
    • Rural Health Day Tool Kit
    • Activities List

  • Congratulations to Pam Smith!

    Alisa Butler-Druzba,(l) and Pam Smith,(r)

    Pamela Smith, Assistant Director for the Massachusetts State Office of Rural Health, recently became one of the first graduates of the National Organization of State Office of Rural Healthís (NOSORH) Leadership Institute. She was recognized during the NOSORH 2009 Annual Meeting in November. NOSORH launched its Leadership Institute earlier this year in an effort to enhance the leadership and management skills of emerging and established employees of State Offices of Rural Health. In order to graduate from the Leadership program, class members are expected to participate in seven Webinars, attend a capstone workshop held in conjunction with the NOSORH Annual Meeting, and complete a rural health project utilizing the leadership skills they developed throughout the Institute. Each participant benefits from the mentoring received from established national rural health leaders throughout the program. Pamís mentor was Alisa Butler-Druzba, NH DHHS, Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care.

    Pam has been with the Massachusetts State Office of Rural Health since 2004 and with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health since 1991. Prior to her current appointment, she spent 12 years working as the regional coordinator for the Healthy Start and Childrenís Medical Security programs. She has also worked with OB/GYNS and Pediatric providers, community organizations and coalitions throughout the rural areas of western Massachusetts on various maternal and child health issues.

    In addition to her professional duties, Pam is an active RoundTable member; most recently she helped plan the program for the Annual Symposium.

    ... Visit the NOSORH Website

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Policy Issues:
Visit NERHRT Policy Issues
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  • Publications and Statistics (Massachusetts Department of Heatth)
  • Massachusetts Community Health Information Profile (MassCHIP)
  • Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
  • Town Boundries Demographic Viewer (Mass Office of Geographic and Environmental Information)
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Links & Resources:
State Links
  • Explore Health Careers
  • Community Partners, Inc.
  • Executive Office of Transportation and Construction
  • Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
  • Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health Home Page
  • Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy
  • Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance
  • Massachusetts Hospital Association
  • Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute
  • Massachusetts Office of Primary Care
  • Massachusetts Public Health Association
  • Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
  • Massachusetts Rural Development Council
  • Massachusetts State Government Home Page
  • Massachusetts State Legislature
Funding Links
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
  • Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts
Data Links
  • MassChip custom reports on health data
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